The les­son for gar­den­ers

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Heidi be­lieves that gar­den­ers can be im­por­tant de­fend­ers of bees: “We need a zero-tol­er­ance pol­icy with bee and wildlife-dam­ag­ing sub­stances,” says Heidi. “It would be so help­ful if we could learn to love a more ‘messy’ garden in which our own de­sires are not so strongly im­printed on na­ture. The life of the garden be­comes so much richer. We need to cul­ti­vate mead­ows wher­ever we can, and take more in­ter­est in the prove­nance of the seeds and plants we buy.

“I’d like to per­suade garden cen­tres to stop sell­ing prod­ucts con­tain­ing neon­i­coti­noids [com­monly used garden in­sec­ti­cides]. It’s ridicu­lous that you go into any garden cen­tre and you see all th­ese won­der­ful la­bels that say bee-friendly plants, and then you go into the shop and 80 per cent of the prod­ucts are killers of all in­sect life. Gar­den­ers could make a lot of dif­fer­ence here; in fact we all can, by chang­ing our con­sumer be­hav­iour we can achieve a lot for the bees, and all other wildlife. The bees are really teach­ing us some­thing im­por­tant here. And I have a feel­ing that we are all be­gin­ning to lis­ten.”

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