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August 02, 2011

IPCC Shortlisted for Future Friendly Environmental Award

The Irish Peatland Conservation Council based in Lullymore, Rathangan have been shortlisted for a Future Friendly Environmental Award for their Peat Free campaign promoting home composting. 

The annual average production of horticultural peat from Irish bogs is estimated at 2.5 million cubic metres. Ireland supplies 50% of all moss peat used in the UK. Moss peat extraction methods involve clearance of the surface vegetation and site drainage causing irreversible damage to the eco-system. Today less then 17% of the original area of peatlands remains in Ireland.

IPCC's peat free campaign encourages waste minimisation in homes by diverting organic kitchen and garden waste away from landfill sites through home composting. By gardeners making their own compost they should have no need to purchase peat moss compost for their gardens in turn helping to conserve peatlands both in Ireland and the UK and also reducing organic waste in landfill sites.

The winners of the award will be based on the highest number of public votes.  If you would like to support this project please vote for Irish peatlands at