Peat Free Compost – Why Monty Don and Nature and Wildlife Charities are Leading the Call To Go Peat Free

On a recent trip to a garden centre to buy ericaceous compost (the more acidic variety, which we have found harder to make ourselves), we were once again reminded of the lack of available peat free options. When asking a member of staff for help, they appeared oblivious as to the reason for the question …

“Sales of Plastic Bags Down 95%” Claims the Government

What the Government has said Upon confirming that the cost of a carrier bag in England will double to 10p from April 2020, the Government also proudly announced that sales of carrier bags have fallen by 95% since the introduction of the ‘plastic bag tax’ in 2015. The compulsory plastic bag charge currently only applies …

Climate Change – A Golden Opportunity Missed?

At times like this it’s less difficult to believe that humans still share around 60% of their DNA with a banana. On a good day, witnessing some peoples’ behaviours and observing their apparent priorities, often unbelievably short-termist, can lead to despair for others. But never more so than in recent weeks, which have offered a …

‘Sales of Plastic Bags Have Fallen by 90%’ – Is the UK Government’s Claim True?

What the government has said The government recently announced that sales of plastic bags in the UK by large retailers had dropped by 90% since the introduction of the ‘plastic bag tax’ in 2015. ‘Large retailers’ being key as the data used only accounted for bag sales at Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s, Waitrose, M&S and …