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Countryfile: peat, carbon stores & making peat-free compost

Postby John Walker » Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:03 pm

BBC Countryfile (29.4.12) carried a well-informed report on the value of peatlands as carbon stores, the ongoing problems of mining peat for garden use, and a look at how peat-free composts are being manufactured from UK garden and other waste streams.

For anyone who missed it, the programme is available to watch again (until 6.5.12) via the BBC iPlayer. The relevant piece is in two parts, starting at 7 mins in (with the second segment at 27 min in).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... 9_04_2012/
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Re: Countryfile: peat, carbon stores & making peat-free comp

Postby Geoff » Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:51 pm

Typical biased coverage. Very correct in describing how upland peat can be a fine carbon store but totally missing the fact that the lowland exploited areas are a tiny fraction of the total area. Banning the shotgun would do more for carbon capture than banning peat will.
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Re: Countryfile: peat, carbon stores & making peat-free comp

Postby Nature's Babe » Thu May 03, 2012 7:19 pm

I would have thought that the right place to complain if you thought it biased would be to the BBC Geoff, not on John's post, I was pleased to see him posting here again and he is entitled to post his link without it being dismissed as biased. It would be nice if we could be more tolerant of diverse ideas here is all I am trying to say
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Re: Countryfile: peat, carbon stores & making peat-free comp

Postby Westi » Fri May 04, 2012 7:09 pm

Absolutely Nature's Babe totally agree it is nice to see John back on here and everyone should be entitled to an opinion. I read John's post but they are a bit over my head at times but they are interesting as are the replies when not directed at John but rather at the content expressed.

I saw this programme and thought of the guys on here doing the experiments which I think give some validity to what they are saying - proof in the pudding so to speak; but also the info on the brands of compost available and the great variances in them which obviously affect the outcome so we also have to consider the variables in their production doesn't help. Prehaps John can point us in the right direction of a peat free compost that actually performs - I'm willing to change and support protecting the peat habitats if I can get a good sustained performance from a compost, as reading between the lines also seems to be the message from others.

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Re: Countryfile: peat, carbon stores & making peat-free comp

Postby Nature's Babe » Sun May 06, 2012 12:42 am

John's article appears in June's KG Magazine Westi, which I bought today, it was interesting and informative comparing composts their properties and best uses. :D
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