The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) announced that Dobbies Peat Free John Innes 1, 2 & 3 was the winner of the RHS Chelsea Sustainable Garden Product of the Year Award 2022, championing sustainability in the horticultural industry.
The shortlist of ten newly launched products was judged at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show sponsored by The Newt in Somerset, as it opens for the first time in May since 2019.
The judges included Dragons’ Den investor Deborah Meaden and Chair of the Panel, sustainability expert Chris Harrop OBE who commented:
“Peat is an incredibly important natural ally in the fight against climate change. It’s an invaluable carbon sink, a rich haven for wildlife and improves water quality and helps reduce flood risk. People who love gardening also want to protect the environment and we are seeing day to day the impact of climate change. They are equally aware of the challenges of becoming peat free, a subject that has been talked about for many years without resolution.”
The judges were impressed by the quality of the shortlisted products coming from a wide range of passionate manufacturers committed to the circular economy, organics and accessible gardening. The GARDENA AquaBloom automatic irrigation system was highly commended as a practical solution for people living with small outdoor spaces, roof gardens or balconies.
The competition was initiated last year and replaced the Product of the Year award to champion sustainability in the horticultural industry and to highlight the increasing awareness that consumers want more environmentally friendly products to choose from for their gardening needs.