Top gardeners back peat alternatives

Leading gardening experts back moves towards gardening without peat, according to a survey conducted by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Some 27 influential gardeners, broadcasters and writers including presenters Alan Titchmarsh and Alys Fowler took part in the poll on using peat in gardens.

According to the RSPB, four-fifths used no or little peat in their garden and two-thirds agreed with the Government’s aim of phasing out peat products.

Conservationists say extracting peat for use in gardens in the UK, much of which comes from Ireland and the Baltic, leads to carbon dioxide emissions and damages natural habitats and wildlife.