Peat use lower, but 2010 target still out of reach

Peat use has finally begun to decline, with substitutes now making up over 50% of the market. But observers believe a target to cut peat use to 10% of the market for growing media by 2010 is unlikely to be met.

Peat use by amateur gardeners and professional growers has declined significantly for the first time, according to a survey for the Environment Department (DEFRA).1 It now accounts for less than 50% of the volume of growing media and soil improvers sold in the UK.

The survey, held every two years, is designed to track progress towards the government’s target under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan to cut peat use to just 10% of

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