Tuesday, March 9, 2010

An end to peat compost

Luke Walsh in edie.net: A phase out of all peat in compost has been put forward by the Government in an effort to cut down emissions of CO2. The plan would mean gardening centres and DIY stores would stop selling peat-based composts for the amateur gardening market within ten years.

The initiative is part of the Act on CO2 campaign and was launched last night (March 8), with the aim of convincing amateur gardeners. who use around 70% of the country's peat, to stop. The campaign focuses on raising awareness of the environmental impacts associated with peat and promoting a switch to peat-free alternatives in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and protect the valuable biodiversity and wildlife of lowland raised bogs.

Launching the Act on CO2 campaign at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which has been peat-free since 1992, Irish celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin, said: "Consumers' concern about what they can personally do to help protect the environment is at a record high…..

Chinese garden in the grounds of the Portmeirion estate, where "The Prisoner" was filmed way back when. No sign of Patrick McGoohan or Number 2! This view shot by Eirian Evans, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

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