Joint statement

Continuing to extract, import, export, and sell peat as a product is indefensible. We are pleased to see that the UK and Welsh Governments recognise the importance of keeping peat in the ground and are finally proposing a ban of peat in the retail sector. However, this is an urgent issue, and further delay until 2024 is unnecessary. UK Governments must act decisively and bring about a speedy end to the retail sale of peat for horticulture – there is no time to waste.

In going peat-free, the UK would benefit from securing a thriving, sustainable horticultural industry, that leads the way in the development of sustainable, peat-free growing media.

Peatlands are a rare type of wetland habitat that are home to fascinating plants and other wildlife, some of which can only be found in these precious environments. Peatlands cover just 3% of Earth’s land-surface but these extraordinary habitats hold twice as much carbon as all the world’s forests. Every year, millions of cubic metres of peat are dug out of the ground to be sold in UK markets for horticulture; these destructive actions fly in the face of the nature and climate goals of UK Governments. Protecting peatlands is a vital step we must take to put nature into recovery and to bring about an end to needless and vast carbon dioxide emissions. Healthy peatlands have the power to reduce the impacts of flooding, help to filter our drinking water, and are important conservators of our cultural heritage. Peatlands are vital habitats that urgently need our protection.

Signed By:

Organisations

  • The National Trust
  • The Wildlife Trusts
  • Barbican Wildlife Garden
  • Beaver Trust
  • Biodynamic Association UK
  • Brian May’s Save Me Trust
  • British Dragonfly Society
  • British Society of Soil Science
  • Bumblebee Conservation Trust
  • Buglife
  • Butterfly Conservation
  • Campaign for National Parks
  • Crichton Carbon Centre
  • Dig It Out
  • Environmental Justice Foundation
  • For Peat’s Sake
  • Friends of the Dales
  • Friends of the Earth England Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Friends of Hurst Park
  • Froglife
  • Garden Organic
  • Gardening with Disabilities Trust
  • Greenpeace
  • Green Liberal Democrats
  • Gweebarra Conservation Group
  • Habitat Aid
  • Heeley City Farm
  • Hurst Road Allotments Association
  • Incredible Edible Bristol
  • Incredible Edible Lambeth
  • Naturewatch Foundation
  • Peat Free April
  • Peat Free Cymru
  • Pennington Community Allotment
  • People’s Trust for Endangered Species
  • Perthshire Wildlife
  • Pinwheel
  • Plantlife
  • RE-PEAT
  • Rewilding Britain
  • Rotary World Savers
  • RSPB
  • Snowdonia Society
  • SongBird Survival
  • Stone Lane Gardens
  • Sustain
  • Sustainable Soils Alliance (SSA)
  • The Pollinator Project
  • The Species Recovery Trust
  • Veterans’ Growth
  • Wildlife and Countryside Link
  • Wild Card
  • Worcester Green Party
  • World Wildlife Fund For Nature (WWF)
  • Zero Carbon Yorkshire
  • ZSL (Zoological Society London)

Individuals & Companies

  • Alan Titchmarsh MBE
  • Caroline Lucas, MP
  • Ajay Tegala, Countryside Ranger and Presenter
  • Alexandra Campbell, The Middlesized Garden Blog & Vlog
  • Andy Sturgeon, Landscape and Garden Designer
  • Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb, Green Party
  • Benito Wainwright, Evolutionary Biologist and Presenter
  • Billy Heaney, Zoologist, Presenter, and Filmmaker
  • Bleddyn Wynn-Jones, Crug Farm Plants
  • Brigit Strawbridge, Author
  • Carl Bovis, Nature Photographer
  • Charles Watson, Chairman, River Action UK
  • Charlie Bloom, Head Gardener, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens
  • Charlotte Harris, Landscape Designer
  • Christopher Collins, Head of Horticulture, Garden Organic
  • Cleve West, Garden Designer
  • David Stevens, Garden Designer/Landscape Architect
  • Dr Amy-Jane Beer, Biologist, Naturalist and Writer
  • Dr Catherine Chong, Farms To Feed Us
  • Dave Goulson, Professor of Biological Sciences and Author
  • Dr Fay Edwards MCIHort
  • Dr Henry Adams, Ecologist
  • Dr Jane Blythe, Head of Biology
  • Dr. Jennifer Jones, Soil Scientist and Nature Writer
  • Dr Lindsey Atkinson, Plant Environmental Physiologist, Honorary Fellow at University of Hull
  • Dr Sean McCormack, Vet, Conservationist, Presenter
  • Edward Parker, Environmentalist
  • Ellen Mary, Horticultural Broadcaster and Author
  • Francine Raymond, Garden Writer
  • Georgie Newbury, Common Farm Flowers
  • Gordon Buchanan MBE, Award-Winning Wildlife Cameraman, Presenter, and Public Speaker
  • Harriet Thompson, Harriet’s Plants
  • Helen Chen, National Collection Holder Disporum, Disporopsis, and Prosartes, Owner of Japonica Plants
  • Helen Picton, The Picton Garden
  • Hugo Bugg, Landscape Designer
  • Iolo Williams, Naturalist, TV Presenter, Conservationist, Writer, and Public Speaker
  • Isabella Tree, Knepp Estate
  • Jack Wallington, Landscape Designer and Writer
  • Jackie Currie, Garden Designer at Euphorbia Design and National Collection Holder of Allium Species and Hybrids
  • James Basson, Garden Designer
  • James Wong, Botanist and Broadcaster
  • Jamie Butterworth, Managing Director, Form Plants
  • Jane Perrone, Journalist and Podcaster
  • Jason Billin, Liberal Democrats
  • Jeff Harvey, Senior Scientist NIOO-KNAW
  • Joe Lycett, Comedian, Gardener, Lover
  • John Negus, Horticulturist, Broadcaster, and Author
  • Jonathan Hogarth, National Collection Holder for the National Collection of Miniature Hostas and Owner of Hogarth Hostas
  • Jonathan Snow, Garden Designer
  • Joshua Styles, Senior Ecologist, Botanical Specialist, Project Co-ordinator at North-West Rare Plant Initiative
  • Kate Bradbury, Author and Broadcaster
  • Kim Stoddart, The Organic Way Magazine Editor and Climate Change Savvy Journalist and Trainer
  • Manoj Malde, Garden Designer, TV Presenter & RHS Judge
  • Mark Diacono, Otter Farm
  • Mark Lane, TV and Radio Broadcaster, Author, Columnist and Award-Winning Garden Designer
  • Megan McCubbin, Zoologist, Conservationist, and Television Presenter
  • Nick Baker, Naturalist
  • Paul Hervey-Brookes, Garden Designer and Plantsman
  • Paul Julian PhD, Wetland Ecologist and Amateur Gardener
  • Professor Mark O’Shea MBE, Professor of Herpetology, University of Wolverhampton
  • Rob Smith, Freelance Writer for Gardening Press
  • Ross Barbour, Old Court Nurseries
  • Sara Venn, Garden Writer and Horticulturist
  • Sarah Price, Landscape Designer
  • Sarah Wilson, Roots and All Podcast
  • Sean McCormack, Vet, Wildlife presenter, Conservationist, and Naturalist
  • Stephanie Hafferty, No Dig Gardener and Author
  • Sue Wynn-Jones, Crug Farm Plants
  • Tim Fuller, The Plantsman’s Preference
  • Tim Lang, Professor Emeritus of Food Policy, City University of London
  • Tina Teearu, Ecologist
  • Tom Maskell, Head Gardener, MHort RHS
  • Tom Massey, Landscape and Garden Designer
  • Tom Stuart-Smith, Landscape Architect
  • Tracy Foster, Garden Designer
  • Val Bourne, Organic Gardener and Writer
  • Acres Wild
  • Adam Alexander, Seed Detective
  • Ade Sellars, Gardener
  • Alan Gardner, The Autistic Gardener
  • Alex Valk, Garden Writer
  • Alexandra Noble, Garden and Landscape Designer
  • Alexis Percival, Environmental and Sustainability Manager, NHS
  • Alison Levey, Garden Writer and Blogger
  • Alison Moore, Garden Designer, Writer and Photographer
  • Alison Tindale, Backyard Larder
  • Alistair Chisholm, Environmental Consultant, Clean Earth Collective
  • Amy Malin, Campaigner
  • Andrea Cooper, Head Gardener at Braxted Park Estate
  • Andrew Davenport, Composter, Nurseryman and Gardener
  • Andrew Parsons, Barrister, Mediator, Arbitrator, Orchid Enthusiast and Gardener
  • Anna Macphie, Conservation Scientist
  • Anna Matthews, Gardener
  • Anne G S Green, Campaigner
  • Anne Leonie Drover, Carer and Campaigner
  • Barry Stewart, Celtic Wild Flowers
  • Becky Searle, Blogger, Podcaster and Garden Writer
  • Bee Happy Plants and Seeds
  • Ben Hawthorne, Entomology Master of Research Student
  • Beth Otway, Horticulturist and Garden Writer
  • Billy Stott, Stotts Nursery
  • Brenda Smith, Bud Garden Centre
  • Capability Charlotte, Garden Designer
  • Carbon Gold
  • Carole Drake, Garden Photographer and Writer
  • Caroline Spencer-Palmer, Campaigner
  • Celtica Wildflowers
  • Charlie Burrell, Knepp Estate
  • Ciaran De Buitlear, Gardener and Climate Activist
  • Claire Brodie, The Little Green Plant Factory
  • Claire Brown, Flower Farmer, PlantPassion
  • Climate Explorers
  • Darran Jaques, Garden Designer
  • Darren S Holland, Amateur Gardener and Campaigner
  • Darryl Moore, Landscape Designer
  • Dave Allen, Ecologist
  • Debi Holland, Horticulturist and Garden Writer
  • Deirdre Lane, Founder of ShamrockSpring
  • Diane Sammons, Campaigner
  • Edible Culture
  • Elly Weir, Ecological Consultant, Eyebright Ecology
  • Eva Bishop, Horticulturist and Director at Beaver Trust
  • Fertile Fibre
  • Gavin Sheppard, Environmentalist
  • Gavin Sheppard, Founder and Chief Executive of Pinwheel
  • Gill Hickman, Writer and Biologist
  • Good Roots Barn
  • Growild Nursery
  • Hanna Armitage Winterbrook Garden Nurseries
  • Heather L Peacock, Zero Carbon Yorkshire
  • Helen Allsebrook, PR and Media Relations at Candide
  • Ian Northcott, Gardener
  • Incredible Edible Lambeth
  • Isaac Kenyon, CEO Climate Explorers
  • Jake Rayson, Wildlife Food Forest Garden Designer
  • James Lowman, Stalwart Plants
  • James Wade, Arboriculturist
  • Jane Cureton, Jemima’s Garden Seeds
  • Jane Hammett, Retired Lecturer in Horticulture
  • Jan Miller-Klein, Saith Fynnon Wildlife Plants
  • Jane at The Wild Flower Garden
  • Jane at The Laburnums
  • Janet Antrobus, Campaigner
  • Janet Manning, Horticultural and Water Management
  • Jill Sanders, Hurst Park Allotment Society, Friends of Hurst Park, with a special interest in the Thames River
  • Jean Vernon, Pollinator/Wildlife Author and Writer
  • Jenepher Zoe Munby, Campaigner
  • Jill Bruce, The Essex Federation of WI Lead Climate Ambassador
  • Jo Whitworth, Garden Photographer
  • Joanna Courtney, Paddock Plants
  • John Cossham, Master Composter
  • John Cottrell, Winterbrook Garden Nurseries
  • John Inglis, Chairman Friends of Hurst Park
  • John Walker, Gardening and Environment Writer, and Author
  • Jon Davies, Landscape Designer
  • Julia Martin-Ortega, Professor of Ecological Economics
  • Julie Norfolk, Fawside Farm Nursery
  • Juliette Williams, Nature Lover and Campaigner
  • Karen Lewing, City Councillor, Architect, Campaigner, and Amateur Gardener
  • Kate Foster, Environmental Artist
  • Keith Melton, Chair, Green Liberal Democrats, Historical Novelist
  • Knoll Gardens, Specialist Ornamental Grass Nursery
  • Kristina Hicks-Hamblin, Permaculturist and Garden Writer
  • Lady Lenzie, Gardener
  • Lexi Gee, Floral Fanatic
  • Liz Zorab, Gardener
  • Lin Hawthorne, FLS, Horticulturist, Author, and Editor
  • Lindsey Jones, The Wildflower Nursery
  • Little Green Space
  • Lucy Bailey, Gardener
  • Malcolm Allison Plants
  • Mandy Watson, Mandy Can U Dig It
  • Mandy, Incredible Vegetables
  • Mark Binnersley, Campaigner
  • Mark Kneebone, Garden Designer and Horticulturist
  • Matt Peskett, Garden Blogger
  • Mick Rock, Biodiversity Lead – St Mary’s East Molesey
  • Miles King, Writer and Conservationist
  • Morlas Plants
  • Mothin Ali, My Family Garden
  • Naomi Slade, Garden Writer, Designer and Consultant
  • Nic Wilson, Garden and Nature Writer
  • Nick Johnson, Botanical Horticulturist
  • Nigel Rogers, Horticulturist
  • Non Morris, Planting/Garden Designer and Writer
  • North Devon Chillies
  • Original Organics
  • Paul Julian PhD, Wetland Ecologist and Amateur Gardener
  • Paul Woods, Campaigner
  • Paula Baxter, Mill Pond Flower Farm
  • Paula McWaters, Gardening Editor
  • Peter Smith, Wall to Wall Plants
  • Philip Friend, Food Writer
  • Philip Nieuwoudt, New Wood Trees
  • Potash Nursery
  • Poppy Okotcha, Garden Writer, Ecological Grower and Educator
  • Rachel Prior, Garden Designer
  • Rachel Wilkes, Ducks and Daffodils
  • Rebecca Wheeler, Forest School Practitioner, Wild Flower Hour
  • Rhiannon Williams, Landscape Designer
  • Richard Boothman, Director ideostone Limited
  • Richard Pederick, HE Educator
  • Robbie Blackhall-Miles, Freelance Horticultural Consultant
  • Rob Courtney, Paddock Plants
  • Rob Whitworth, Garden Photographer
  • RocketGro
  • Rosi Rollings, Rosybee Plants
  • Ryan Sandford-Blackburn, Earthed Up!
  • Safe Soil UK
  • Sally Morgan, Gardener and Author
  • Sally Nex, Garden Writer
  • Sam Preston, Director, Gardner
  • Sandra Elsworth, Campaigner
  • Sandra Stewart, Celtic Wild Flowers
  • Sandy Lipo, Good Roots Barn
  • Seedball
  • Sophie Leguil, Freelance Botanist & Ecologist
  • Sophie Sellars, Writer
  • Stephen Hackett, Gardener
  • Stephen Warman, Botanist, Nature Conservationist, Writer
  • Steve Baker, Gardener
  • Steve Povey, Campaigner
  • Steve Williams, Landscape Designer
  • Stuart Lipo, Good Roots Barn
  • Sylvia Godfrey, Campaigner
  • Terka Acton, Garden Designer
  • The Cottage Herbery
  • TheHub.Earth
  • The Edible Bus Stop
  • The Real Soil Company
  • Victoria Benn, Campaigner and Writer
  • Wildlife Garden Project
  • Wormery
  • Zena Alkayat, Publisher of Bloom Magazine
  • Zoe Munby, Campaigner

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