Quadron says it has cracked peat-free challenges in council bedding contract

Quadron says it has overcome the challenges of maintaining peat-free bedding after winning Wycombe District Council's green space services contract in January 2013.

Quadron bedding scheme
Quadron bedding scheme

The contractor said peat-free feeding and watering regimes are different to those for plants grown in traditional compost and many peat alternatives are alkaline, making them unsuitable for ericaceous plants.

This year, Quadron used the knowledge it gained from last year in selecting the plants to be used during summer 2014. The plants were again supplied by Fresh Acres Nursery in peat-free compost.

One of the focal points of this year’s bedding has been a poppy design commemorating the centenary of the start of World War I, and which features Ajuga reptans ’Chocolate chip’, Echevaria Glauca, Alternanthera, Herniaria Glabra and Sempervivum.

Quadron said: "Wycombe District Council’s approach to peat-free media shows that using sustainable growing media is a viable option for local authorities and Quadron is pleased to be able to support the council in this important environmental initiative."

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