The use of peat on private gardens and allotments will be banned in England from 2024, the government has announced in a bid to protect Britain’s moorland.
Peatlands are Britain’s biggest carbon sink, which is why environmental campaigners are calling for stricter legislation to protect them.
In addition to carbon sequestration, peatlands also provide habitats for wildlife, filter water, and prevent flooding downstream.
Due to its crop for use in compostor drained for agricultural use, only 13% are in near perfect condition.
The Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) said on Saturday (27 August) the peat-based sale compost Be banned from garden centers and supermarkets within 18 months.
A public consultation that received 5,000 replies found that 95% of people supported the ban and Defra admitted the voluntary approach had not been successful.
It said the ban does not apply to those working in horticulture at this time and that a date will be set after discussion with industry bodies in September.
Environment Secretary Richard Benyon said: “The measures announced today mark a new chapter in the history of our icon Moore – Securing their long-term health and vitality as part of our commitment to achieve net zero and meet our 25-year environmental plan.”
Natural England chairman Tony Juniper said: “This ban on the sale of peat compost and working to phase out use in other areas is an essential step in protecting these valuable natural resources and enabling the restoration of degraded areas.”
The RSPB also welcomed the announcement but argued that more could be done to phase out peat entirely.
Emma Marsh, Managing Director of Digital Technology and Communications the RSPBsaid: “While we welcome this announcement, we are concerned that it falls short of the Climate Committee’s recommendation to phase out peat use and extraction by 2023.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20810402.gardeners-banned-using-peat-england-2024/?ref=rss Gardeners in England will be banned from using peat from 2024