Date lodged: 4 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that new peat extraction for horticulture does not occur.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 20 July 2016
The use of peat as a source horticultural compost is a global issue requiring action at the international level as peat sourced for horticultural use comes from a number of different countries. The Scottish Government has offered its support to the market-led initiatives to reduce the demand and use of peat in horticulture.
The National Peatland Group, set up by the Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage to deliver the plan, has identified phasing out the horticultural use of peat as a priority in it work programme.