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Councils spurn peat, but sales to horticulture rise

All county councils have stopped using peat for outdoor soil conditioning, mulching and tree planting, and over half have gone totally peat-free, according to a survey by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). The group hopes that their efforts will encourage professional growers and amateur gardeners - the largest consumers of peat - to switch to peat substitutes.

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