This photo is of a Wetland Habitat which we have created as part of our conservation plan, it is thriving with a large variety of wildlife.

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What is Peat?

Peat is a remarkable material and its use in horticulture has given pleasure to millions. Its qualities are extremely difficult to match and its continued use for horticulture does not threaten certain areas of conservation value. Such areas in the UK are not, and never will be, under threat from the Peat Industry.

We are Members of the Peat Producer's Association that has a long track record maintaining a balance between genuine conservation with the equally legitimate requirements of the horticultural industry.

The UK's peat industry's Code of Practice ensures conservation interests are taken into account before, during and after peat digging operations. This will, in the long term, create extensive wetland habitats for nature conservation.

Myths and Facts about Peat.

Myth: Peat Extraction for Horticulture is the main cause of damage to the UK peat lands.
Fact: As an example since 1960 only 540 hectares have been introduced for peat production whereas 95,000 hectares have been lost to forestry over the same period.

Myth: Damaged peat lands cannot be restored.
Fact: The Department of the Environment, Peat Producers Association and many other Conservation bodies are all working together to restore the peat lands back to nature.

Myth: Peat digging has a major effect on Global Warming.
Fact: In a study it was proved that the production of peat for horticultural purposes is hardly significant in UK carbon emissions.

Myth: The majority of peat resources are used in Horticulture.
Fact: Less than 0.1% of world peat is being used in horticulture!

Myth: Everybody is switching to peat alternative composts.
Fact: Despite all the advertising and media, only about 4% of UK retail sales are for alternative peat.