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Green campaigners and environmentalists have taken aim at the garden centre industry after it emerged it will miss a Government target to stop selling peat.
A voluntary target signed eight years ago was intended to put an end to the use of peat by 2020 due to the severe impact it has on the environment.
ITV - Tonight - Report - Target - Campaigners
An ITV Tonight report reveals the optional target will not be met and outraged campaigners are calling for legally-binding legislation.
Peat is a major component in compost and obtaining it from the native bogland destroys a unique habitat and releases greenhouse gases.
Dr - Catherine - O'Connell - Irish - Peatland
Dr Catherine O'Connell of the Irish Peatland Conservation told ITV Tonight: 'I'm very disappointed that peat sales continue in UK garden centres.
'We now need clear leadership from the top and a legal ban is the solid way forward.'
Gardening - Industry - Whole - Efforts - Peat
The gardening industry as a whole has responded by announcing it will redouble efforts to end peat usage.
One of these moves will involve a new labelling system, similar to calorie information on food, to give more information on the environmental impact of the product.
James - Barnes - Chair - Horticultural - Trades
James Barnes, the chair of the Horticultural Trades Association which...
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