Peat use in horticulture

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Professor Jack Rieley, Special Professor of Geography at the University of Nottingham, is guest speaker at the next meeting of South Holland Growers’ Club next Monday.

The topic under discussion is peat in the light of DEFRA’s ambition, outlined in the Towards Sustainable Growing Media report, to progressively phase out peat use in horticulture to zero by 2030. The report was drawn up by DEFRA’s Sustainable Growing Media Task Force in response to a Natural Environment White Paper.

Professor Rieley, who has 40 years of experience in vegetation ecology, nutrient cycling and conservation of peatland ecosystems, will draw a balanced view on the current position on peat and its future as a growing media.

The meeting is to be held at Whaplode Manor Hotel, near Saracen’s Head, at 7.30pm.