Caption: Vicky Nuttall of GIMA, Arabella Barker Bland - Daughter of Simon & Jane, Pauline Lewington - Sales Manager, Lizzi Meth-Cohn - Production Manager, Vernon Kay

We are incredibly proud to be the very first recipient of GIMA’s (Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association) Sustainability Award for helping to promote and encourage sustainable gardening.

We have championed the benefits of using peat-free composts for 25 years. Our nature-friendly composts made from sheep’s wool and carbon fixers bracken and comfrey, reduce the gardener’s environmental footprint and offer a climate-positive substitute for peat while contributing to global greenhouse gas savings.

Our peatland restoration work was also recognised for its sustainability credentials by the GIMA judges who described Dalefoot as, “a company that has sustainability and the environment at the very heart of what it does. As well as delivering a great peat-free product, its peatland restoration work makes Dalefoot a worthy winner of this inaugural Sustainability Award.”

Our work restoring peatlands across the UK is invaluable in reducing carbon release and returning bogs to functioning, healthy eco-systems. Peat bogs store more carbon than trees and many are now in a poor condition, releasing carbon rather than storing it which is contributing to climate change.

It was a busy week for Dalefoot’s co-founder, Professor Jane Barker, who shared her extensive knowledge when she presented on the culture of horticultural peat at COP26 in Glasgow last week.

Sustainability is key at Dalefoot, from the sourcing and harvesting of renewable, carbon-fixing ingredients through to our innovative blends, packaging and delivery.

The GIMA win is the second sustainability award we have won this year. We are also thrilled to be the winner of the Rural Business Awards North Sustainability and Environmental Impact Award 2021. As regional winners, we are now through to the National Final in 2022, watch this space…. let’s make it a hat-trick!


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Barker and Bland is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered office: Dalefoot Farm, Heltondale, Nr Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2QL. Registered number: 8312959

This project is supported by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) for which Defra is the Managing Authority, part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.

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