Horticultural Week Magazine 27 March 2009
B&Q is no longer selling 100 per cent peat bales.

B&Q is no longer selling 100 per cent peat bales and is using TV gardener Chris Beardshaw to promote its peat-reduced range. “The most important environmental issue that gardeners are now being made aware of is the need to know about the vulnerability of peat habitats”. He added: “Gardeners are trying to be green and encourage wildlife and nature, but peat is being extracted and that has the opposite effect”.
B&Q said that sales of peat-free products have increased 25% year-on-year over the past 12 months.
B&Q Director of social responsibility, Matt Sexton said, “So far this year, peat-free sales are doing tremendously well, with sales up over 75% on this time last year. The sales of peat-free so far this year give me great optimism that we are making progress.
I think that for many years, people didn’t understand what was in their compost, or that using compost containing peat was leading to the destruction of irreplaceable peat bogs and natural habitats”.
He added: “We’ve redesigned the packaging on all our compost so people can now clearly see what they are buying”.
“There’s no doubt that environmental issues are also at the forefront of people’s minds.
Their concerns don’t disappear when they go into their garden so I’m optimistic that more and more people will understand the implications of purchasing peat and instead opt to buy peat-free”, Sexton explained.

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