Wimbledon flower displays to be peat-free, head gardener vows

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Wimbledon aims to only use peat-free compost in its flower displays in the next two years, the All England Club’s head gardener has said. Martyn Falconer said the club is already “completely peat-reduced”, with peat-free trials under way.

“We have about 100 modules and about 24 baskets that are peat-free and we are just trialling it to get the feed in and everything right so that the displays are as good,” he said.

If the trials go well next year the club could then go peat-free the year after, he said. Wildlife campaigners have long called for the sale of peat-compost to be banned, as well as stricter laws to restore peatlands, which are the UK’s largest carbon sink.

Peatlands are also an important wildlife habitat that can hold water to reduce flooding.

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