Monthly Archives: August 2020

Another radio moment – explaining the importance of peat free compost

Considering the record temperatures we’ve had this week (32.5C), I’d been meaning to finally write a post about the two water-saving automatic drip watering systems that I use, and the bulk rainwater storage in my garden… I must do that.   Then yesterday we had record rainfall – about 2 inches in half an hour I think.  O tempora, o mores!

One thing that would help control climate change and reduce extreme weather events like we’ve experienced in the last few days is if the gardening industry would stop taking peat from peat bogs.  There is more carbon locked up in peat bogs than in forests in the northern hemisphere, and yet uncaring companies continue to dig up UK peat bogs to put the peat into plastic bags to flog to gardeners as ‘compost’.   Even though they signed a voluntary agreement to stop doing this by 2020!  Once dug up, the peat-based compost reacts with oxygen, degrades into useless dust, and releases its stored carbon.  Never buy compost unless it clearly states on the bag that it is Peat Free.

Yesterday I was asked by presenter Kate Clark to talk about peat free compost on BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

Listen at BBC Sounds (1 hour 12 minutes into the programme) or when that expires, which sadly it will do in 30 days because of the music in the show, you can use this backup audio file.

We also talked about Bisley Community Composting Scheme, which I’ve been a voluntary director of for the last couple of years.  At Bisley we produce over seventy tons a year of excellent peat free compost, just from the garden waste of Bisley village.   You can come and buy it in bags (4 x 30 litre bags of sieved compost for £10) or collect bulk unsieved compost in exchange for a donation.  See website link above for details of how and when to visit.

Bisley Community Composting Scheme
Bisley Community Composting Scheme