Information for gardeners about the harms of using peat and the reasons for being #peatfree

We’ve produced this information board to set out the facts about the environmental damage which extracting peat does and the case for being #peatfree.

In preparing it we’ve been greatly assisted by Richard Lindsay who is Head of Environmental and Conservation Research at the Sustainability Research Institute, University of East London. (  Richard is an internationally respected specialist in the ecology and conservation of peatland ecosystems.

We’ve also been helped by the British Dragonfly Association ( which works to increase public understanding and awareness of dragonflies, their conservation and the challenges they face (not least in the depredation of peatland habitat) in order to increase action for dragonflies across Britain.

The board is primarily designed as a point of sale item for garden centres and other stockists of Melcourt products. If you would like to display one please contact the office. A printable pdf of the board is available here but remember to click ‘shrink page’ in your printer setting so it fits on an A4 sheet!