Industry figures respond to work to date of Sustainable Growing Media Task Force

"This whole exercise has galvanised the industry to develop materials for the responsible use of substrates while maintaining the viability of the industry."

Neil Bragg, chairman, Horticultural Development Company

"The work of the task force has produced a comprehensive and evidence-based way forward. The work proposed under the road map will be ground-breaking and will enable professional growers to demonstrate and improve their sustainability credentials in the area of growing media. We look forward to getting the full support of Government."

Chris Hartfield, horticultural adviser, NFU

"It was the agreed position and I agreed to the conclusions. The next step is to wait for Defra's reply."

Graham Ward

"It's important that we keep up momentum and build on the progress made so far."

Ben Malin, Somerset Peat Producers

"The phrase 'to ensure that Government supports the broader approach to a sustainable future rather than a preoccupation with peat and reduction targets' highlights how things have changed."

Bernard Burns, chief executive, Sinclair

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