time has come for a moratorium on peat digging
on the Somerset moors. Government totally failed
to meet its 2010 deadline of a 90% reduction in the sale of peat
to UK gardeners and is now aiming at 2030.
year, most bags of compost sold in UK garden centres
still contained peat up to 70% of peat and considerably outsold
composts made from alternative sources.
is an important carbon dioxide sink and is a ‘sponge’
for flood water. Continuing in the extraction of peat is unnecessary,
damaging to the environment and increases flooding in Somerset.
Peat left to dry on the surface increases greenhouse gases.
The obvious alternatives are homemade compost and
better marketing for council collected vegetable waste that is currently
sold as cheap farm soil improver.
Government money is being used (slowly) to purchase
mineral extraction rights so that no one will really lose out. If
they won’t close the industry down then at least labelling
legislation is required so that it is obvious to everyone which
products contain peat.
important thing is that gardeners stop buying peat based products