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Boost for fight to ban peat compost as Government is set to back Monty Don’s call

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Boost for fight to ban peat compost as Government is set to back Monty Don’s call to help preserve vital habitats

  • Garden centres selling peat compost will be fined from May 2024 in new plans
  • Environmentalists say that digging up peatlands is devastating wildlife 
  • Presenter and gardener Monty Don says nothing justifies destroying peat bogs

Monty Don’s call for peat compost to be banned will be backed by the Government tomorrow when it announces a consultation on the move.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said garden centres would face large fines for continuing to sell peat-based compost under curbs proposed to take effect by May 2024.

Environmentalists say digging up peatlands is devastating wildlife and a huge contributor to carbon emissions.

Monty Don’s call for peat compost to be banned will be backed by the Government tomorrow when it announces a consultation on the move 

Campaigner Don, a columnist in the Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine, has said: ‘Nothing justifies destroying peat bogs, both for the environmental issues and the way it contributes to climate change.

‘It is time that all of us in the horticulture industry play our part in taking an active role in doing what we can to be environmentally friendly as policy.’

Tomorrow Mr Eustice will also announce funding to restore 35,000 hectares of degraded peatlands in England.

The funding over the next four years will include £2.7 million for the Great North Bog stretching from the Midlands to the Scottish border.

Garden centres would face large fines for continuing to sell peat-based compost under the curbs proposed by ministers to take effect by May 2024.

Environmentalists say digging up peatlands is devastating wildlife and a huge contributor to carbon emissions

Environmentalists say digging up peatlands is devastating wildlife and a huge contributor to carbon emissions 

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