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For Pete's sake lay off the peat

06_wildlife_peatlands_jsThe Scottish Wildlife Trust has added its voice to those of Alan Titchmarsh and Monty Don in urging gardeners to stop using peat.

Although peat only covers 3% of the earth, it is an extremely importantant wildlife habitat - and consequently part of conservation. Added to that, peat bogs actually lock-in carbon from the atmosphere, that would otherwise contribute to the greenhouse effect.

Unfortunately, amateur gardeners are not heeding the message and there has been no change in their consumption of peat as a growing medium.

To hear on Monty Don's views on climate change and how it affects (and indeed should affect) gardening, check out this month's Gardeners' World magazine.

[Via Independent]

January 1, 2007 in Green News, Planet saving, Plants & gardens | Permalink

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