Garden centres give neonics the boot
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.”