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Peat-free gardening

RSPB Forsinard Flows nature reserve, Sutherland

Lochans and peat bog at RSPB Forsinard Flows nature reserve

Image: Andy Hay

The large-scale removal of peat from bogs in Britain and Ireland is destroying one of our most precious wildlife habitats. It takes centuries for a peat bog to form, with its special wildlife - modern machinery destroys it in days.

Peat alternatives are available in most garden centres and DIY stores, or you can use your own compost. These alternatives are excellent in the garden if used in the right way. 

Different peat alternatives are available for seeds, potting and soil conditioning.

We endorse a peat-free, organic, multi-purpose compost from Vital Earth. For more information visit their website, linked from this page.

How you can help

How can you get a 'greener' garden?

The life is being sucked out of the Flow Country. Help us undo the damage before it's too late.

What can I do?

Take part in Homes for Wildlife and we'll provide you with all the advice you'll need to attract birds and other wildlife to your garden.

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