UK
BBC 2 Television March 2009
Gardenerís World Programme

The BBC presented an hour long broadcast entitled FOR PEAT’S SAKE, highlighting the environmental damage caused by peat extraction for horticultural use. The program focused on loss of habitat and the carbon sink benefits of leaving peat bogs undisturbed.  Important organisations such as The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew were featured and demonstrated how large scale plant production could be carried out with excellent results by using coir instead of peat.
“I’ve been weaning myself off peat for the past eight years, buying peat-free multi-purpose compost and experimenting with my own potting mixes.”
“Yet it was only just 10 years ago, when I worked at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, that going peat-free seemed like a pipe-dream.
Technology has moved on. Peat free compost is available in garden centres today and can give just as good results as its peat rivals”.
Commenting on the programme, Growing Media Initiative Chairman Tim Briercliffe said, “The industry is committed to working towards the reduction of the use of peat as a growing media over a challenging yet realistic timescale with good quality products for the consumer”.

Horticultural Coir Ltd is an active member of the Growing Media Association of UK and the Horticultural Trades Association and The Commercial Horticulture Association.
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