Ending the sale of peat: consultation

We are consulting on ending the sale of peat in Scotland. Responses to this consultation will inform plans and timescales for moving away from using peat products in order to protect peatlands from further damage. Their protection and restoration form important components of our Climate Change Plan.

Our proposal

We are proposing to ban the sale of peat in stages, beginning with the retail horticulture sector (peat sold to amateur/hobby gardeners), which accounts for around two thirds of all peat used in UK horticulture. We would then widen the ban to the sale of peat for professional horticulture. This might be achieved by applying a general ban on the sale of peat (for all purposes) with exemptions, some time-limited to allow for transition.


Email: horticultural.peat@gov.scot

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