The Chelsea Flower Show may have declared its intentions to go peat free, and peat alternatives for the garden may be increasingly available, but many gardeners continue to use peat despite the fact that peat mining is stripping vital habitats at a far faster rate than they can regenerate. Emma Cooper over at Permaculture Magazine lays out a passionate argument for why and how every gardener should go peat free:
I have also encountered gardeners who justify their peat use by explaining that the amount used in horticulture is minuscule compared to the amount burned in power stations in the countries who still have sizable peat reserves left (we don't). This smacks of a juvenile, playground response - 'he started it!'. As rational adults we should take responsibility for our actions, which includes making informed choices.