TV gardeners immortalised in peat-free compost at Birmingham botanical gardens

13th February 2008

With frogspawn and nesting blue tits already being spotted in parts of the UK, signs are that Spring is coming early this year. So why not take advantage of the unseasonably mild weather with a trip down to the Botanical Gardens, where you might just see some familiar faces…

Four of TV’s favourite gardeners have been immortalised in peat-free compost containing recycled materials, in a 6ft high Mount Rushmore style sculpture recently installed at Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens.

The heads of Charlie Dimmock, Alan Titchmarsh, Monty Don and Carol Klein have replaced America’s first four founding presidents as part of WRAP’s (Waste & Resources Action Programme) Know Your Compost Campaign, which aims to promote the benefits of using peat-free compost containing recycled materials.

The replica sculpture, which was first unveiled by Charlie Dimmock at last year’s BBC Gardeners’ World Live Show, is situated to the right of the Lawn Aviary within the Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens.

Commenting on the sculpture, campaign supporter Charlie Dimmock, said: “The sculpture is truly amazing and a real show-stopper!  It’s a great way to help spread the word about why using peat-free compost containing recycled material is good news for gardeners as well as the environment.

“Peat-free composts containing recycled materials not only get great results in your garden, but the environment wins in a big way too.  Nutritious garden materials such as grass cuttings, prunings and leaves are saved from being buried in landfill sites, where they can rot down to create dangerous greenhouse gases.”

Millions of tonnes of garden waste are thrown away each year, which would fill the Royal Albert Hall more than 70 times over.

James Wheeler, Chief Executive and Curator at Birmingham Botanical Gardens said: “ We are delighted to have the sculpture within the garden, it has attracted a lot of public interest and we hope it will get people thinking about being more environmentally friendly in the garden.”

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  • WRAP works in partnership to encourage and enable businesses and consumers to be more efficient in their use of materials and recycle more things more often. This helps to minimise landfill, reduce carbon emissions and improve our environment.
  • Established as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by government funding from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Working in seven key areas (Construction, Retail, Manufacturing, Organics, Business Growth, Behavioural Change, and Local Authority Support), WRAP’s work focuses on market development and support to drive forward recycling and materials resource efficiency within these sectors, as well as wider communications and awareness activities including the multi-media national Recycle Now campaign for England.
  • Recycle Now is a campaign to encourage people in England to recycle more things more often. Six out of ten of us now describe ourselves as committed recyclers, compared to less than half of us when the campaign began in 2004.
  • The Know Your Compost Campaign is part of WRAP’s overall programme of activity and aims to raise awareness of the environmental benefits and availability of reduced peat and peat-free composts the contain recycled green waste.
  • WRAP’s Recycle Now Compost at Home programme works with 112 partner areas throughout England and Scotland, marketing to 18 million households.  The programme provides subsidised compost bins from £8 as well as information and support material on home composting.  By July 2007, it was estimated that the campaign, which has been running since 2004, had diverted 460,500 tonnes of waste from landfill.  More information is available at 
  • More information on all of WRAP's programmes can be found on and for more information on the Recycle Now campaign visit