A supermarket chain has said it will be the first UK retailer to go peat-free on its British-grown bedding plants in a move designed to lower its carbon footprint. Tesco announced in March last year that it was reducing its use of the material by 95% from April 2022, and it will stop all use of peat in the range from Monday.
It said it would have made the move to a 100% peat-free range sooner, but a peat-free alternative was not available at the time. Plant suppliers to Tesco Bridge Farm Horticulture, based in Spalding, Lincolnshire, are using alternatives such as wood fiber and natural by-products for the bedding plants.
Louise Motala, Bridge Farm Horticulture managing director, said: “We felt as strongly as Tesco that it was an important step to remove all peat from our compost formulations.
“To enable us to do so, we have started propagating the majority of our seed and cutting young plants ourselves.
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