For Peat's Sake - join our campaign
Can you help us to end the use of peat in horticulture?
Over 95% of the UK’s peat bogs have become degraded or destroyed. This not only wipes out these rare ecosystems – wild areas which are home to a wealth of plants, birds and insects – but also rapidly increases our carbon emissions.
For nearly 30 years the horticultural industry has ignored targets to promote and use alternatives in potting composts. Not only have they delayed to find peat alternatives, but they claim there is no public demand for it. We want to put an end to that.
Join our campaign – For Peat’s Sake.
What can you do?
1. Go peat-free in your own growing
2. Share our messages in your local community
3. Ask your local garden centre if they sell peat-free plants and bagged compost. If not, why not? Hand them a letter asking that they stock peat-free. Here’s a suggested copy for you to download.
4. Write to your local MP and DEFRA.
5. Donate now to our campaign.
Over the coming months, we will be pushing peat to the top of the agenda again. We will be lobbying Defra to make their voluntary reduction targets mandatory. This must happen for the industry to take note and to act now.
And we will drive demand from the ground up. We wholeheartedly believe that if consumers are provided with the facts, they will readily swap their peat-based compost for homemade or peat-free.
But we can’t do this alone, we need your help…
Can you support For Peat’s Sake campaign with a donation? It will help us to cover the costs of bringing together aligned organisations and knocking on Defra’s door.
It will also help us to produce an information pack, outlining the issues, and showing people how they can make a change. And it will help us get this information out as widely as we possibly can - to growers, communities, gardening clubs, local councillors and MPs, garden centres, compost manufacturers, allotment associations, schools, the national media - to anyone and everyone.
- £5 will cover the costs to print and send an information pack to a school gardening club
- £50 will cover the costs to attend a meeting with Defra
- £200 will contribute to the staff costs of raising awareness of this important issue across a range of media
Please Donate now and help us remove peat from horticulture, for good.
Thank you in advance for your support
See here for What is peat? and why it is important. And here for campaign updates, successes and stories.