The Defra consultation proposes a ban on the use of peat by amateur gardeners by 2020, extending to growers and producers by 2030.
Natural environment minister Richard Benyon said: "The horticultural industry has made real progress in reducing peat use, but I want to see peat eliminated from the amateur gardener market by 2020 – we need to go further if we are to protect our natural environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"This will be challenging, but more sustainable and good quality peat-free alternatives are already available, and I believe it is achievable for peat to be phased out in all markets before 2030."
- Phase out peat use in the government, local authorities and the wider public sector by 2015
- Phase out peat in the amateur gardening market by 2020 – includes ‘grow bags’ and multi-purpose compost.
- Phase out peat use by growers and producers by 2030
- Conduct a comprehensive review of progress in 2015
- Establish an industry-led and time-limited taskforce to identify opportunities and barriers in the professional horticulture sector