Products are developed by the Bord na Móna plc R&D team in Newbridge, Co Kildare.
The company’s peat reduced and peat free ranges are initially subjected to growing trials at University College Dublin as part of the developmental phase. All manufactured products are tested using approved horticultural standard test methods against the individual product specifications in the quality control labs at the manufacturing sites for pH, EC, moisture and bulk density. The company then carries out growing trials at University College Dublin on its core range of finished packaged products such as multipurpose to assure continuous product performance and quality.
The ‘control’ used for testing is a professional peat base compost. This peat is Bord na Móna plc’s Irish sphagnum moss peat. BNM UK requires the performance of its peat-reduced and peat-free products to be at least 80 per cent as good as a peat product.
Once a year some of core range products are subjected to independent trials alongside other leading brands and these tests are carried out by external laboratories as well as one of the UK’s largest consumer bodies.
Sales manager Jason Pike said: "The new BNM Growise range is selling really well and we want to ensure our retailers can make the most of sell through by providing information for them to use with consumers. We get great performance results in test, so sharing these results is very much the right thing to do."