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Take part in the peat debate

Published: 17 April 2013
Garden Centre Association (GCA) members are being invited to attend a meeting in June to discuss the peat issue.
Take part in the peat debate
The meeting, which takes place on June 13 at William Sinclair in Ellesmere Port, will see member garden centres discuss the use of peat and development of alternative products.

GCA chairman Peter Burks explained: "At our annual conference in January, many members mentioned they would be keen to meet and have a big discussion about peat. There is on-going debate around the use of peat and development of peat alternatives and we'll be asking people to share their views with us. All member garden centres are invited... we think this is a really important discussion to have."

Government guidelines produced in 2012 stated that, from 2015 local authorities are not allowed to use peat in their parks or gardens. In 2020 peat will be banned for amateur gardeners.

Mr Burks added: "The implications that these regulations will have on the horticultural industry are huge and people have mixed views. We want to have a forum where people can discuss their thoughts and hear others opinions too.

The GCA peat debate will take place at William Sinclair on New Bridge Road in Ellesmere Port on Thursday, June 13 at 2pm.

Call 0118 930 8918 or visit www.gca.org.uk for more information.

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