Charlotte and Hugo sign joint statement on Peat

March 2022

Charlotte and Hugo have joined others in signing a joint statement calling for the UK and Welsh Governments to ban the use of peat in the retail sector.

The statement reads: “Continuing to extract, import, export, and sell peat as a product is indefensible. We are pleased to see that the UK and Welsh Governments recognise the importance of keeping peat in the ground and are finally proposing a ban of peat in the retail sector. However, this is an urgent issue, and further delay until 2024 is unnecessary. UK Governments must act decisively and bring about a speedy end to the retail sale of peat for horticulture – there is no time to waste.

In going peat-free, the UK would benefit from securing a thriving, sustainable horticultural industry, that leads the way in the development of sustainable, peat-free growing media.”

The statement can be read in full on the Peat Free website here.

Other signatories include The National Trust, Wildlife Trust, RSPB, Butterfly Conservation and Zoological Society London.  Individuals include the gardener and broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh MBE, landscape designers Andy Sturgeon and Sarah Price, the botanist James Wong and broadcaster Kate Bradbury.