Peat-free Compost

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Over the last few years there has been a growing pressure that businesses and the public move away from the use of peat-based composts and move to peat-free options. As this demand had grown, specialist manufactures and suppliers have come forward with improved peat-free growing mediums that can now compete with the traditional peat-based compost.

Having recognised the need that we all have to help the environment, Plantscape has made the decision that we will now move to a more sustainable peat-free compost while still providing our characteristic fantastic floral displays.

Here are some of the points that helped and inspired us to make this move and to supply our 2023 summer displays with peat-free compost.

Why we should NOT be using a peat-based planting medium

• Peat is a non-renewable resource.
• Peatlands are what’s known as a carbon sink – they absorb a huge amount of carbon dioxide – a greenhouse gas – from the atmosphere.
• Damaging peat bogs results in carbon dioxide being released into the air – an estimated 23 million tonnes of it every year from UK peatlands alone.
• Peat bogs are special landscapes – they store carbon, control flooding and create homes for wildlife.

Why Plantscape wants to use a peat-free compost

• Demands to move to peat-free from Government institutions, Horticultural Organisations, Councils and the Public.
• UK’s First major supplier of public floral displays to move to a 100% peat-free planting medium.
• The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have been peat-free since the 1980’s.
• Good for the environment as made from sustainable organic matter.
• Improved water retentive properties – with the use of a man-made biodegradable resin foam.
• Lower carbon footprint as made locally in Leicestershire – peat is usually from Ireland.
• Coir purchased direct from villagers in India to help local communities.

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