Evergreen Garden Care is committed to the protection of the environment and peatland habitats. As we have launched a comprehensive peat-free range under our Miracle-Gro and Levington brands, as well as reducing the amount of peat we use in our compost overall, it’s important to use to work to restore peatlands.
We have donated almost 3,000 hectares of peatland back to Natural England over the last 30 years and have helped create favourable conditions for the right habitats to flourish.
We have responsibly managed and been an active participant in peatland restoration, working in partnership with conservation bodies and nature experts. We have been a pioneer in the development of peat restoration in the UK and Europe and have invested into understanding the best approach to restore peatlands bringing them back to a better state than its original natural peat bog in terms of biodiversity.
We have helped to create new breeding sites for endangered birds including the Common Crane and Nightjar; and nationally important wintering sites for the Bean Goose and Short Eared Owl which we are very proud of.
Sites that we donated in Somerset in the 1990s are now habitats for the Great White Egret, the Cattle Egret and the Little Bittern. All these bird species had up until recently only generated rare sightings in the UK and they have now settled in this area as a new breeding species. Learn more here.
We have spent over £250k funding research projects with the Institute of Hydrology, to understand the hydrology of peat bogs, and with Sheffield University and Manchester Metropolitan University on the cultivation of Sphagnum moss.
The results of these findings were used in the significant restoration project of Hatfield Moor & Thorne Moors in South Yorkshire and Wedholme Flow in Cumbria which were progressively restored during 2002 to 2007. We work in close consultation with planning departments, landowners, nature experts and conservation bodies to ensure that we leave the planet in a better place.
Evergreen Garden Care is committed to the protection of the environment and peatland habitats and will continue to invest in this area.