Bob Flowerdew calls for peat licensing scheme, not ban

BBC Gardeners' Question Time expert Bob Flowerdew has suggested a licensing regime for peat sourced from sustainable sites, in a move that has angered anti-peat use campaigners.

Bob Flowerdew - image: BBC
Bob Flowerdew - image: BBC
Flowerdew, writing in Amateur Gardening, said: "It's the 'banning' of this compost that upsets me. The scientists who spent much time and effort discovering the optimum formula for sowing comost were very methodical. They compared a host of amateur and proprietary mixes to finally come up witht he John Innes formula. And so far, in all my trials, I have found no other compost to be anywhere near as reliable for turning seeds into healthy, robust seedlings.

"So I have a small radical suggestion. Would all those protesters wishing to reduce peat usage please remember that no matter how slow it can regenerate - allegedly only an inch or so a century - with the thousands of acres available, this does gradually become a renewable resource, just like a forest.

"So why not let us have a regime for peat sourced from managed and sustainable sites, like the FSC certification for sustainably-sourced hardwood timber?"

Friends of the Earth and Garden Organic said that as an organic grower, Flowerdew should promote peat alternatives.

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