Vegetables in ‘The Ultimate Allotment’ show garden at Gardening Scotland were given the best peat free start in life - as they were all grown in our’ Wool Compost range.

Show garden designers Clan Horticulture wanted to demonstrate how you can grow healthy vegetables alongside nature and our eco-friendly peat free compost range proved to be spot on. The veg used in the Gardening Scotland garden were all grown in our super sustainable Wool Compost range which is made from British sheep’s wool and bracken and is the perfect peat free choice for all your gardening needs – award-winning or for your own back garden!

Matthew Lowe and Jenna Stuart from Clan Horticulture, said: “With this show garden we wanted to create the ultimate allotment using the ultimate products. A truly sustainable product is hard to find and Dalefoot Composts fits the bill perfectly. The water retention of its Wool Compost is fantastic and our plants have thrived in it creating the best show plants for our garden. This show garden aims to prove that using peat free compost does not hinder the growth of vegetables and can be a viable medium to grow with in the future, saying bye-bye to peat.”

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.

Last week lilies grown in Wool Compost scooped a gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Simon Bland said: “It’s great to see leading growers and show gardens using our peat free products as they have to be of the very best planting standard, and so proof that you can grow the best of the best in our compost.”

The Wool Compost range is available online at and also a growing list of stockists including Earthy Foods & Goods in Edinburgh, Caulders in Glasgow, Hayes Garden Land in Kilmarnock, Hummingbird Garden Centre in Motherwell and White Lodge Garden Centre in Turriff.

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.

Wool Compost is made on our 120-acre family farm at Dalefoot in the Lake District fells by farmer Simon Bland and environmental scientist Jane Barker, 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, the compost finds a novel use for British wool - good news for struggling sheep farmers.

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. So we are real peat free champions!

Tel: 01931 713281 Email: @DalefootCompost

For further information and press samples please contact Emma Mason on 07762117433.


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