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Peat: Imports

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 127685, tabled on 9 December 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to ban the import of peat.

Answered on

18 December 2020

The Government is committed to protecting and restoring our vulnerable peatlands in England. As part of this focus, we are committed to phasing out the use of peat in horticulture in England. By reducing demand for peat in horticulture, this not only protects peat bogs in England, but recognises that two thirds of the peat sold in the UK is imported from the rest of Europe. We plan to set out proposals to further reduce the use of peat in horticulture in the forthcoming England Peat Strategy.