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Monty Don makes headlines slamming garden centres




Monty Don made national newspaper headlines last week slamming garden centres, accusing them of "actively choosing to do harm" by selling peat compost and criticised the availability of "mass-produced disposable" plants.


The Times, The Telegraph, Daily Mail and Express newspapers all carried coverage of the presenters column in BBC Gardeners World magazine where he is quoted as saying: "Cheap, mass produced houseplants or bedding potted into peat cheer people up.


"The garden trade must must be a key part of this. The standard line is that if people did not buy it, then they would not produce or stock it.


"But if you supply a product that relies upon harmful environmental practices, cheap labour, poor conditions or the destruction of habitat, then you are part of the problem."


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