An­i­mal agen­cies open ed­u­ca­tional gar­den

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The loss of a fam­ily pet has helped spawn a re­mark­able new gar­den in the Chan­nel Is­lands. The poi­sonous plant gar­den on Guernsey has been founded to ed­u­cate pet own­ers on which plants may pose a risk to their an­i­mal’s health. The idea came when is­lan­der Ginny Heaume’s two dogs died less than 24 hours af­ter eat­ing cas­tor oil plant, Rici­nus com­mu­nis. The Guernsey So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (GSPCA) and Flo­ral St An­drew’s wanted to raise wider aware­ness of the is­sue for own­ers of dogs and cats to en­sure there are no more fa­tal­i­ties. An­i­mal or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the Guernsey Ken­nel Club, Is­land Dog Train­ing Club and Vet­s4Pets Guernsey, spon­sored the pub­lic fa­cil­ity, with help from hun­dreds of vol­un­teers to un­der­take the work. The fin­ished 54m (180ft) gar­den ex­hibits more than 40 plants that can harm cats and dogs if in­gested, along with a con­ser­va­tion area, in­sect ho­tels, bird boxes and other wildlife habi­tats and a pic­nic zone. The fa­cil­i­ties at the GSPCA cen­tre in St An­drews are open ev­ery day for a £2 do­na­tion. “Many of us plant things in our gar­den with­out think­ing,” said GSPCA manager Steve Byrne. A list of poi­sonous plants and gar­den and house­hold sub­stances has been com­piled by the Dogs Trust. Visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-ad­vice/ and down­load the fact­sheet.

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