Transitioning to peat free horticulture in the UK: an assessment of policy, progress, opportunities and barriers.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Abstract

During the last two decades the UK government has increasingly pressed for significant
reductions in the quantity of peat used for commercial and domestic horticultural purposes.
In 2010 a consultation was published in which the government set three specific targets for
England: (i) the eradication of the usage of peat by amateur gardeners by 2020 (ii) the
eradication of the usage of peat by commercial growers by 2030; iii) phase-out target of 2015
for Government and the public sector on direct procurement of peat in new contracts for
plants.
This report was commissioned in order to better understand exactly what has changed in the
last decade in terms of the availability and usage of alternatives to peat and to identify the
opportunities and barriers to further increases in the uptake of peat-free products. It is
important to recognise the broader context within which these policies targets have been set,
whereby global demand for growing media is rising rapidly whilst there is increasing pressure
to reduce disturbance of peatlands in the fight to mitigate climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages93
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2020

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