PlantforLife Environment Report - An insight in to the UK's green credentials Tuesday 29 January 2008 PDF Print With environmental issues like climate change and sustainable consumption so high on the public agenda, PlantforLife’s fresh focus for the coming years is to raise awareness of the role gardening and gardeners can play in safeguarding the planet for future generations, and then offer green advice to gardeners. So, how concerned are we about the planet? How much do we know about the environmental benefits of plants, flowers and trees? And just how green are Britain’s gardens and gardeners? The PlantforLife Environment Report unveils the results of a nationwide study which aimed to find this out. Some key findings include: • 69% of people recognise the aesthetic benefits of plants compared to just 9% recognising the environmental benefits • 41% are concerned about the loss of trees and hedgerows • 38% of respondents have reduced their water usage over the last year. However, only 8% of those have adopted gardening methods which reduce the need for watering e.g. purchasing drought-resistant plants or using mulches to prevent soil drying out • More than half of us (58%) are concerned about the impact climate change will have on wildlife • Only a third of respondents had an understanding of the environmental issues surrounding the use of peat • The provision of a local authority green waste scheme appears to have a positive impact on levels of composting. 80% of survey respondents have such a scheme and composting of both kitchen and household waste increases significantly when this is provided. The impact is greater still when free or subsidised compost bins are made available It also contains simple and relevant steps from our expert gardener, Chris Collins, to help gardeners improve their green credentials. So to get your copy of the PlantforLife report, please contact: Hannah Morgan Tel: 020 7025 6447 Email: email@example.com Natalie Fraser Tel: 020 7025 6532 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fiona Stones Tel: 020 7025 6427 Email: email@example.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of The Red Consultancy in the following categories: Health, Leisure & Hobbies, Home & Garden, Women's Interest & Beauty, Environment & Nature, Construction & Property, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.