Peat Mining and Reclamation

We have ongoing peat mining and restoration activities in the United States and the United Kingdom, which are summarized further below. In FY 2011, we also purchased approximately 1.3 million cubic meters (FY 2010: 1.4 million cubic meters) of peat from Canadian-based vendors. We applaud the efforts of the Canadian peat mining industry for establishing a third-party certification program that requires more sustainable practices in peatland management and reclamation. Most major suppliers are now certified, and we will continue working with the industry as it moves to more sustainable practices. As described in the “Product Responsibility” section of this report, we have also been increasingly exploring and using alternatives to peat.

Peat Land Used or Managed

Land Used or Managed Hatfield Irlam Solway Moss Carnwath Letham Fannyside Muir Wooster, Ohio Total
Units Acres Acres Acres Acres Acres Acres Acres Acres
Total area owned, leased or managed 140 224 885 254 406 215 570 2,694
Total new area disturbed during the reporting period and not yet rehabilitated 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total area rehabilitated during reporting period 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 20
Total land disturbed and not yet rehabilitated 70 180 850 142 295 125 0* 1,662

* In the US, we did not harvest peat, restoration activities were completed at our former peat harvesting facilities in Morrison, Illinois and Groveland, Florida. We continue to monitor our Groveland site to ensure compliance with restoration objectives. Although we have not harvested peat from our Wooster (Shreve), Ohio site since 2010, we are awaiting renewal of the appropriate permits for the excavation and removal of approximately 191,000 cubic meters of peat across 47.1 acres between 2012 and 2017.

Two examples of our restoration efforts are the Lafayette, New Jersey, and Hatfield, United Kingdom, peat bogs. Peat mining operations in Lafayette, New Jersey, ceased in 1991. We have taken responsibility for monitoring activities to ensure native wetland species are reestablishing themselves. As part of our commitment to the state, we sold the 1,000-acre site to New Jersey’s Green Acres program and provided $125,000 for management of the area. In January 2011, we were notified that we have achieved our restoration commitments.

In April 2002, we reached agreement with English Nature to transfer our interests in the property and for the immediate cessation of all but a limited amount of peat extraction at the Hatfield Moor location in the United Kingdom. A significant portion of the land is now part of the Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve, which opened in October 2005. Prior to the Reserve opening, ScottsMiracle-Gro made significant investments to help restore the bog wilderness land. While we continue to own a freehold site of approximately 74 acres on Hatfield Moor, no peat extraction is being conducted. With permission from the area planning commission, we do maintain the right to extract peat from this location in the future. Additionally, there are no peat extraction activities taking place at the National Nature Reserve.