We are aiming to be fully peat-free by the end of 2023, and are currently undertaking extensive trials at our nurseries to find the best possible peat-free growing media.
The importance of peat-free growing media
Peat growth first began around the last ice age, roughly 12,000 years ago. Peat is partially composed organic matter—from plant and animal material—that has formed under specific waterlogged, oxygen and nutrient deficient, highly acidic conditions.
Often classified as a fossil fuel, peat takes a significantly long time to grow—around a thousand years for one metre of growth. The commercial extraction of peat throughout one year, removes around five hundred years’ worth of growth; if we continue to deplete our peatlands at this rate, we could potentially run out within the next decade.
Peatlands are incredibly carbon-rich, making them hugely important to our planet. They cover around 3% of the Earth’s surface, whilst being able to sequester a staggering 33% of our global CO2—around three billion tonnes of carbon. When we harvest from peatlands they become damaged, and the carbon stored inside its bogs is emitted as CO2 into our atmosphere, contributing to climate change.
Peatlands play a vital role in our fight against climate change, so the time has come to stop digging and safeguard our planet, population and wildlife.
Our peat-free Journey
At Greenwood Plants, we care about sustainability, and are working to actively reduce our carbon footprint, improve our local communities and environment, and exercise responsible planetary stewardship. We are aiming to be fully peat-free by the end of 2023, and are currently undertaking extensive trials at our nurseries to find the best possible peat-free growing media. As growers of around six million plants a year, this will be a huge undertaking, but we are fully embracing the peat-free challenge.
Watch It Grow
Watch It Grow provides the ultimate peace of mind, as you pre-select the plants you need, to your specification, within the timeframe you require them. As well as offering our vast array of plants, Watch It Grow can also tailor your growing medium. We are thrilled to share that Watch It Grow is now available in peat-free compost—offering fully sustainable planting for your project.
Our Peat-free Journey
We started trialling plants in different peat-free mixes
First Peat-free plants sold
Our first peat-free plants left Fresh Acres nursery
Peat-free Open Days
We welcomed attendees to have a sneak peak of our trials and visit our Fresh Acres and Woodpecker nurseries
First complete client planting project
Our first peat-free client project will be planted
Watch It Grow peat-free option
Watch It Grow will be available with peat-free compost, offering fully sustainable planting for your project
End of 2022
25% peat-free growing
Our goal is to reach 25% peat-free growing by the end of this year
End of 2023
100% peat-free growing
Our goal is to reach 100% peat-free growing by the end of 2023. We are embracing the challenge!