B&Q signs up to Growing Media Initiative

The first companies and organisations to be granted membership of the Growing Media Initiative (GMI), the UK garden industry scheme working towards reducing the use of peat in the domestic horticulture market, are B&Q, Homebase, Melcourt Industries, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Westland Horticulture and Vital Earth.

The scheme developed by the HTA in conjunction with the Growing Media Association, DIY, supermarket and garden centre retailers, DEFRA, the RSPB the Royal Horticultural Society and the National Trust, seeks to help the UK garden industry reduce peat usage.
GMI scheme manager Tim Briercliffe said, “It is extremely encouraging to see manufacturers and retailers sign up to this initiative illustrating their commitment to reducing peat use. We encourage others to do the same so that as an industry we can have real impact.”
He continues “Of the first audited members of the scheme we are delighted to announce Melcourt Industries and Vital Earth as Gold members, Westland Horticulture and Homebase as full members and Scotts and B&Q as provisional members. In addition the Royal Horticultural Society have joined the scheme as associate members.”
During Glee a GMI brochure, sponsored by Defra, is being launched in order to raise awareness of the scheme within the industry and encourage more manufacturers and retailers to come onboard. Along with information about the scheme the brochure includes many supportive comments from the new members. Including the following:-
An event, aimed at retailers, providing further information about the scheme will take place in November. For further information about joining the scheme, the different levels of membership or a copy of the brochure. http://www.growingmediainitiative.org.uk

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