PRESS RELEASE 12 May 2015

GROWING LIST OF STOCKISTS FOR OUR ‘EWE-NIQUE’ PEAT FREE WOOL COMPOST
- Wyevale Garden Centres 1st national retailer to stock our eco-friendly Wool Compost -

40 Wyevale Garden Centres, The National Trust’s peat free garden centre at Morden Hall Park and internationally prized Petersham Nurseries in west London are among a growing list of stockists to be selling our products this season.

Wyevale becomes the first national retailer to stock our Wool Compost, made from sheep’s wool and bracken. Wyevale stores as far afield as Hayle in Cornwall and Morpeth in Northumberland are now selling the product. The National Trust’s Morden Hall Park garden centre, the UK’s first all peat free garden retailer, is also now selling Wool Compost as well as our Wool Compost for Seeds and Wool Compost Ericaceous. The range is on sale as well at acclaimed horticultural hotspot Petersham Nurseries. Other new Wool Compost retailers include Charlies Stores in Welshpool, the Burford Garden Company, Alleyn Park Garden Centre in West Dulwich, Potash Garden Centre in Essex, The Herb Farm near Reading and Hayes Garden Land in Ayrshire.

Ideal for those who want to garden more sustainably and save on water bills, our Wool Compost range cleverly harnesses the natural properties of wool to trap water, whilst releasing a steady steam of nutrients to feed the plants over the growing season. Made from totally renewable British resources, the range has composts for container growing, flowers, vegetables, shrubs, seeds and ericaceous plants.

Wool Compost is made on our 120-acre family farm at Dalefoot in the Lake District fells using wool from our own flock and the Herdwick ‘wool-clip’ of neighbouring hill farmers, including National Trust tenants. As well as helping the growing number of gardeners who want to switch to peat free, our compost finds a novel use for British wool - good news for struggling sheep farmers.

Simon Bland said: “We’re making it easier for customers by giving them the choice of buying our compost online or at their local garden centre. This will hopefully encourage more people to try our compost and convert to using peat free in their own gardens. We’re also keen to hear from more retailers interested in stocking our Wool Compost range.”

The compost has a similar soft texture to peat and has a wide range of naturally occurring trace elements for good plant health. It uses the natural hydroscopic properties of sheep’s wool to keep compost moist for longer which is particularly important when buds set during the summer and essential for those summer hanging baskets. Wool also provides a steady release of nitrogen, perfect as a slow release fertiliser.

The use of bracken in Wool Compost is also beneficial. The spread of this aggressive, waist-high plant in the Lake District makes grazing difficult and impacts upon native species. Composted it boasts high levels of natural potash, essential for fruiting and flowering. A win for nature lovers and gardeners alike.

As well as making peat free compost, we also help save Britain’s ancient peat bogs. We run a leading peat bog restoration contracting firm responsible for re-introducing peat forming sphagnum across hundreds of hectares of degraded upland and lowland bogs of Northern England and Scotland for clients such as Yorkshire Peat Partnership, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Scottish Natural Heritage and Natural England. 

For further information please contact us on Tel: 01931 713281 Email: info@dalefootcomposts.co.uk @DalefootCompost

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