Our policy is to offer a range of peat free and peat-reduced composts. We offer a range of peat-free composts under the New Horizon brand name. We actively promote these products in our Beautiful Gardens magazine, (delivered to over 700,000 homes in Spring) and our Autumn publication (distributed to 400,000 homes).
We do not stock moss peat, or recommend products containing peat for soil improvement purposes. Instead, we always recommend peat free products such as Country Natural, which is a best seller across all our centres.
Our specialist composts for Roses, Shrubs, Tomatoes, Pots & Containers etc, all use 50% peat free formulae. Up to 60% of the ingredients in John Innes composts are non-peat.
We are continually looking for peat free alternatives that still provide outstanding growing performance. Next season we hope to trial a new peat free compost from a company that supplies growing media to the Royal Horticultural Society.
All our suppliers are members of the Growing Media Association (GMA), a body that works closely with DEFRA and is striving to meet the Government’s aim of continuing to reduce peat usage. The GMA also requires its members to harvest any peat it uses in a sustainable fashion and ensure proper restoration and after-use measures are in place. Please refer to https://growingmedia.co.uk/ if you wish to learn more.
We promote wildlife friendly plants, hedging and plants for birds, bees and butterflies. These will be easily identifiable for customers thanks to our new labelling system. We sell trees which are a fantastic resource for carbon capture.
We have discussions with our suppliers aimed at reducing the amount of peat in the compost mixes they use
We promote British and locally grown plants in order to reduce plant miles