Keep Peat in Bogs not Bags

Peat bog in the setting sun by KB on Unsplash

Mushrooms, for peat’s sake?

It seems Britain and Ireland’s mushroom growers use nothing but peat from our extensive CO2-storing peat bogs, adding to the continued decimation and massive CO2 emissions caused by the gardening trade.

As part of its campaign to save our heritage from the effects of climate change, the National Trust has removed peat-grown mushrooms from all of its menus, and the Co-operative supermarket ‘supports the vital work to find a substitute growth medium’.

The alternatives to mushrooms like shiitake or oyster mushrooms cost twice to four times as much.

The only alternative at the moment seems to be to grow your own using kits from outlets like Thompson and Morgan with horse manure. If you don’t have your own horse, you can get manure at garden centres – more here:

You can take action by supporting the Wildlife Trusts’ Precious Peatlands campaign:

By Adam Hardy

Zoologist at heart. Environmentalist by necessity. Stage hand, financial trader, secretary, card payments designer, software developer, fossil fuel big data warehouse consultant. Amateur psychologist. Now climate change salvage engineer.