Say No to Peat Compost

Say No to Peat Compost

Wildflower pots and a windowsill garden
© Katy Ferguson

We need an immediate end to peat sales

Peat used in our compost is dug out of wild places, damaging some of the last remaining peatlands in the UK and overseas. This process also releases carbon into the atmosphere, accelerating climate change.

Ten years ago, the Government set a voluntary target for the horticulture sector to stop selling peat compost to gardeners by 2020. But this approach has failed. The Government recently announced a ban of peat compost sales to the public in 2024, but we want an immediate ban.

Action is needed now to end peat compost sales in our shops and garden centres immediately and to bring forward the date that professional growers must stop using peat.

Does your local garden centre stock peat free compost?

We are creating a list of all the brilliant garden centres in Cumbria which stock peat free compost. This will help us to spread the word on the best places to buy it and hopefully get more people to purchase it in the future. Here's our list so far:

Abbi and Toms Garden Plants - Halecat & Grange Witherslack & Grange over Sands Dalefoot Composts & Sylvagrow
Beetham Nurseries Milnthorpe Dalefoot Composts
Brampton Wood Fuels Brampton Dalefoot Composts
Ellie's Hill foot Garden Centre Ulverston Miracle Grow
Poltross Enterprises Haltwhistle
Hayes Garden World Ambleside  Dalefoot Composts, Westlands New Horizon and Sylva Grow
Mad Hatters Hardware Alston Dalefoot Composts
Oakhurst garden centre Cockermouth Dalefoot Composts & Westlands New Horizon
Pigney Appleby-in-Westmorland Ewe grow, Westlands New Horizon
The Pot Place Plumpton Dalefoot Composts, Westlands New Horizon and Ewe Grow
Whitehaven Garden Centre Whitehaven Dalefoot Composts and Sylva Grow
Woodlands  Milnthorpe  Happy Veg, Miracle Gro, Dalefoot Composts and Levington Peat Free with John Innes


Can you tell us where you buy your peat free compost?

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Peat free compost label

Peat free compost label. Judith Wallen


Let's make all compost 100% peat-free!

Sign our petition for an end to peat sales

Peat Free Plant Nurseries

We also want to see a complete ban of peat use in plant nurseries, sooner rather than later. Nic Wilson has been creating a list of peat free nurseries nation-wide and you can see her list of nurseries here . You can contact Nic directly via her website to get any Cumbrian peat free nurseries added to the list.

Bags of Dalefoot Composts

Dalefoot Composts

Dalefoot Composts make peat free composts here in the Lake District. Choose between their Lakeland Gold or Wool Compost. You can buy direct from their website.

Buy from Dalefoot Composts

How to go peat free at home

Read our tips

What are peatlands?

Find out about peatlands and what we're doing to restore them

Find out more

Peatland restoration at Bampton Common © Jane Wilson

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