Centre to be first peat-free garden retailer

The National Trust's new garden centre is set to become the country's first peat-free garden retailer.

The trust took over Morden Hall Garden Centre in south-west London from leaseholder Capital Gardens earlier this month. It will be the trust's first garden centre when it reopens its doors in the new year.

Prenplants owner Will George, who supplies the National Trust with plants, confirmed: "They will aim to go peat-free as quickly as possible." He added that shop manager Jon Dixon will "have a year's grace before going peat-free". The stock will be supplied in conjunction with Hillier and local nurseries as part of a plan to "reinvigorate" plant sales at 26 Trust properties.

George pointed out that the trust is imaginative in how it displays plants, mixing plants and gifts, "not necessarily in A-Z format".

A National Trust representative said: "We are working to industry percentage composition of stock types with a focus on horticulture and choice as well as interesting plants."

Sales breakdown

Planned product category sales as a percentage of total sales at the
trust's Morden Hall centre:

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