Professor Jane Barker, co-founder of Dalefoot Composts, said: “We’re delighted to see lots more gardeners interested in sustainable techniques and products. Peat-free compost is now on their shopping list at the garden centre or nursery, and so we know retailers will be looking for quality products that really work. As one of the leading manufacturers in the UK, we can offer premium products which deliver and customers love.”
This summer, drought and hosepipe bans have focused gardeners’ minds on future-proofing their gardens. Climate change presents various watering challenges and Dalefoot Composts’ products are at the forefront of natural solutions. Wool Compost requires up to 50% less watering for pots, containers and hanging baskets. Mulching with its renowned Wool Compost Double Strength soil improver delivers water retentive ingredients directly into borders and raised beds, feeding for two years.
Dalefoot recently announced a new partnership with the Eden Project which has endorsed its Wool Compost for Potting. The environmental charity also teamed up with the company for a gold-winning RHS Chelsea display urging gardeners to ditch peat.
Dalefoot combines carbon capture crops, bracken and comfrey, in its products.
Both are able to lock up carbon via long tap roots, which remain in the ground whilst the top leaf growth is harvested. Using this approach, it helps keep more carbon in the ground - the exact opposite of peat extraction.
RHS Chelsea also saw two of Dalefoot’s composts being shortlisted for its Sustainability Garden Product of the Year – Wool Compost Double Strength and Wool Compost for Potting.
The company continues to see a bounce in sales, signing up a raft of new stockists. Over 280 stockists now sell Dalefoot Composts’ unique sustainable range.