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.

Why your views matter

Your views will help us shape our policy development. We have stated our intention to ban the sale of peat-related gardening products as the first stage of our commitment to phase out the use of peat in horticulture.

We now need to devise timescales for banning the sale of peat, in particular:

  • peat in retail horticulture (peat that is sold to the general public for gardening)
  • peat for professional horticulture (peat sold to professional growers, landscapers and for plants sold to the public)

It is important, for reasons set out in the Overview, that we ban peat sales as quickly as possible whilst considering the needs of individuals and industries including the horticulture industry, which in itself contributes so much to our environment, food supplies, recreation and wellbeing.


Email: horticultural.peat@gov.scot

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