BBC Radio - why we need to give up buying peat

The peat that is used to produce the garden compost is mainly derived from peat bogs. ... The intensive mining of peat has adverse effects on the climate, and destroys valuable ecosystems. Many rare and endangered species live in and around peat bogs and these are having their way of life threatened.

Peat bogs are very valuable to us, they are our own version of the Amazon Forest, please listen to this program, if you are still in doubt as to whether it should be used in your garden hopefully this article will answer all your questions.