Countryfile host John Craven urges gardeners to boycott peat compost

For peat’s sake, stop: BBC Countryfile host John Craven urges gardeners to boycott peat compost to help the environment

  • Around three billion litres of peat compost end up in UK gardens each year
  • Countryfile presenter John Craven is encouraging gardners to stop using it 
  • Stopping could save the peatlands which are habitat for birds such as curlews

TV presenter John Craven has urged gardeners to stop using peat compost in order to help the environment.

Peat potting compost has been used for decades, with around three billion litres of the plant material ending up in our gardens every year.

But the BBC Countryfile host, pictured, has asked people to boycott it, to save the peatlands which are habitat for birds such as curlews.

Countryfile presenter John Craven (pictured) has urged gardeners to stop using peat compost in order to help the environment

Around three billion litres of the peat compost material end up in UK gardens every year

Writing in Countryfile magazine, Craven said: ‘Just like the rainforests, our peatlands are in big trouble.’ 

Peat is ancient plant material which has partially decomposed and built up in waterlogged areas such as bogs.

Craven pointed out that a Whitehall target to phase out peat by 2020 was set in 2011 – plenty of time, he said, for suppliers to get organised. 

The environment department said it was committed to phasing out peat use by 2030.

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