It is more important than ever for the horticultural industry to take responsibility for its impact on our planet. At Butterworth Horticulture we understand the importance of working considerately, with our environmental-conscience at the forefront of everything we do.
We are forever considering new ways to be greener. Awareness of the impact and damage of using peat in composts is growing, and we decided to seek an alternative. Our latest effort to become even more environmentally-friendly involves a partnership with Dalefoot Composts, and we are proud to announce that as a company we will only be using their products from now on.
Peat is formed by partially decomposed wetland plants present in bogs and fens, formed over thousands of years and compacting at a mere 1mm per year. This matter stores vast amounts of CO2, equating to more carbon than is stored in any of the world’s forests. Subsequently peat is an unsustainable product that causes monumental damage to our environment – as an industry it is vital that we limit its use.
We are remedying our industries use of peat by doing our bit, and switching to Dalefoot products; quality British, peat-free, organic and sustainable compost. Dalefoot are a family-run business based on a working farm in the centre of the Lake District. These composts are 100% peat free and created from two key ingredients; sheeps wool and braken, made right here in the UK.
Bracken contains a vast amounts of trace elements which naturally provide high levels of nutrients. This method provides many benefits, but namely it does not use chemicals due to the way in which the bracken breaks down. It also means that the products will feed for at least one year.
Undipped sheep’s wool is sourced from the working farm in which Dalefoot Composts is based. Wool provides the soil with great water retention and this will reduce the need to water by up to 50%. The nitrogen in the sheep wool will slowly release over time, providing all of the necessary nutrients to keep your plants healthy.
We want to share Dalefoot’s composting-goodness with the world, and therefore are proud to announce that we are officially a stockist for a range of their Composts, stored at our yard in Hook and available to order.
At Butterworth Horticulture we are supplying a range of products to suit all the needs of your horticultural project. For mulching beds in Autumn and soil enrichment, the Lakeland Gold clay-busting, ‘Gold-standard’ autumn mulch will encourage worms and provide improved nutrition and added moisture retention for up to two years. You’d typically find our soft-landscaping team using this product on bigger projects to provide essential soil nutrients in large flowers beds, or incorporating into clay soils by way of soil preparation.
Our aftercare team are big fans of Dalefoot’s wool compost, using it in containers, hanging baskets and planters where water retention is vital. Using this compost cuts our use of fertilisers and feeds, and the wool compost provide the plant with nutrients as well as supplying working to retain water within the soil. A double-strength wool compost is also available, which we incorporate into dry, sandy soils to aid water retention.
Undipped sheeps wool has been scientifically developed to create compost for seeds, too. Along with Dalefoot’s bulb compost, we use these products to encourage strong, healthy bulbs and seedlings and ultimately provide robust, vibrant blooms.
Butterworth Horticulture’s collaboration with Dalefoot Composts ensures that all of the compost we use is entirely peat-free. You can be rest-assured that any project delivered by us is completed expertly and to the highest of horticultural standards, with environmental-awareness at the forefront of everything that we do.
Written by: Gaby Pill
Images: Dalefoot Compost