…says Owen Wells, Chair of Friends of Ilkley Moor and local councillor.
Climate Action Ilkley is launching a campaign to make Ilkley a peat free zone by 2021…except for the moor of course.
Not only because peat bogs store enormous amounts of carbon but they are a unique and rapidly shrinking habitat.
Bradford Council Parks department are peat free as are many national organisations like RSPB, National Trust and RHS.
Now it’s up to us as individuals to only buy peat-free compost.
If you are a keen gardener you will want to delve into the Peat-Fee Compost FAQs
They answer questions from “What is peat?” to “Can peat-free compost be used as mulch?”
What can I do?
There are numerous ways to help:
1. Only buy peat-free compost and potted plants. For local availability see Buyers’ Guide above
2. Spread the word. Encourage your friends and family to go peat-free.
3. Tell shops and garden centres which don’t sell peat-free compost that you wish to buy some.
4. If you can add to Anne’s peat-free summary table let us know via PeatFreeFeedback