The ban on peat
Sales will be illegal post-2024
THE Government has vowed to ban the sale of peat composts by 2024.
The move is part of the ambitious Tree and Peat Action Plans, which were drafted to support the Convention of Biological Diversity Climate Change Conference (COP26) being held later this year.
The aims include investing £21m between 2020 and 2025 to support UK tree nurseries and treble the UK’s tree-planting.
More importantly for gardeners, the peat initiative includes the banning of retail peat compost by 2024 and ploughing millions into the restoration of 35,000 hectares of degraded peatlands in England over the next four years.
There’s an appetite for the peat ban
This includes £2.7 million to be directed towards the Great North Bog in the north of the country, which covers vast areas of the Pennines, Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland.
Rebecca Pow, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at DEFRA, said: “We want to phase out peat during the life of this parliament and we are trying to speed things up and move as quickly as we can.
”There is obviously an appetite for it so a part of this consultation will be setting a date for the banning of peat and investigating other ideas, such as introducing a point-of-sale charge on peat products when they are purchased, much in the same way as happened with carrier bags.”