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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01195: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

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.

Scottish Planning Policy confirms that planning authorities should use their development plans to protect areas of peatland and only allow commercial extraction in very limited circumstances.