Policy paper

Government response to the sustainable growing media task force

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This government response addresses the key issues from the task force's report on removing the barriers to reducing peat use in horticulture.

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The Sustainable Growing Media Task Force was established in 2011, under the chairmanship of Dr Alan Knight OBE, to advise on how best to overcome the barriers to reducing peat use in horticulture in England. The chairman’s report and draft roadmap was submitted to Defra Ministers in July 2012.

This government response addresses the key issues from that report that stakeholders across the supply chain and beyond want to hear from us on:

  1. the implications for Government policy;
  2. the support Government will provide to the industry; and
  3. how the Government will show leadership.

It announces over £600k of new Government funding and in partnership with other funders a total package worth over £1.1m.

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