Pes­ti­cide pledge

Gardeners' World - - We Love October -

Nine of the UK’s 10 lead­ing gar­den cen­tre chains have pledged to en­sure that none of the flow­er­ing plants they sell will be grown with bee­harm­ing neon­i­coti­noid pes­ti­cides. The 10th, Home­base, said it will con­tinue to be vig­i­lant and re­mains com­mit­ted to tak­ing re­spon­si­ble ac­tion, work­ing closely with sup­pli­ers and part­ners. The move by gar­den cen­tres fol­lows a re­port by Sus­sex Univer­sity this year that found 70% of plants tested from se­lected stores con­tained neon­i­coti­noid pes­ti­cides. Th­ese in­cluded three pes­ti­cides re­stricted across Europe thought to put hon­ey­bees at ‘high acute risk’. B&Q will out­law the use of neon­i­coti­noid pes­ti­cides in its flow­er­ing plant range from Fe­bru­ary 2018. See p16 for more on bees from GW readers

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