Horticulture Week Podcast: Bunny Guinness speaks out on keeping peat, sexism in garden design and how slugs are not gardeners' friends

Bunny Guinness
Bunny Guinness

Landscape architect, broadcaster and writer Bunny Guinness is one of the best-known names in horticulture, for her work as a designer, on Gardeners' Question Time and in The Telegraph.

Guinness used YouTube to speak out in support of the use of peat after signing the late Peter Seabrook's open letter calling for a more open debate on the subject, as the Government seeks to ban it. On the podcast, she says "most people don't understand the proper argument and we must get the facts out there". She says a levy on peat could generate cash to be used to restore bogs.

She says Professor Jack Rieley should be listened to on peat and adds: "I do think Monty Don is bad on peat. I'm glad he's getting the nation gardening but wish he'd learn a bit more about the peat argument."

Guinness also addresses the RHS's "ridiculous" change of opinion on calling slugs pests.

She talks about her illustrious career as a RHS Chelsea Flower Show designer and how the RHS needs to use more women as judges at Chelsea Flower Show.

Presenter: HortWeek editor Matthew Appleby
Producer: HortWeek digital content manager Christina Taylor

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