Gar­den cen­tres give neon­ics the boot

Amateur Gardening - - Gardening News -

FrieNdS of the earth (Foe) claims that nine out of 10 lead­ing gar­den re­tail­ers don’t want to sell plants that have been treated with chem­i­cals that are linked to bee de­cline.

The claims come as greens pre­pared to hand in a pe­ti­tion signed by over 33,000 peo­ple, urg­ing the gov­ern­ment to sup­port a per­ma­nent ban on neon­i­coti­noid (neonic) in­sec­ti­cides.

Foe said re­tail­ers in­clud­ing B&Q, Wye­vale, dob­bies, Klondyke, Blue di­a­mond, Not­cutts, Squires, Hil­lview and Hil­lier had all in­di­cated their com­mit­ment to re­mov­ing neon­ics from flow­er­ing plants.

Bee cam­paigner Nick rau said: “Gar­den re­tail­ers are re­spond­ing to pub­lic con­cern and mount­ing sci­en­tific ev­i­dence by say­ing no to plants grown with bee-harm­ing chem­i­cals.”

The con­cern fol­lows re­search ear­lier this year which claimed that 70 per cent Many big re­tail­ers do not want to sell plants treated with neon­ics of the plants tested from a num­ber of stores con­tained neonic pes­ti­cides – in­clud­ing three chem­i­cals that are cur­rently re­stricted across europe, as they have been found to pose an acute risk to honey bees. Wor­ry­ingly, some of the plants con­tain­ing traces of neon­ics were la­beled as pol­li­na­tor-friendly.

Bee ex­pert Pro­fes­sor dave Goul­son wel­comed re­tail­ers’ com­mit­ment to move away from neon­ics. He said: “Hope­fully we can soon reach a point where bee-friendly plants are com­pletely free of in­sec­ti­cides.”

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