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Are 'bee-friendly' plants poisoning our bees?

This is a fascinating article published by Friends of the Earth which gives all gardeners food for thought!

Comments (4)

  1. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    Fascinating and alarming. It would be so absurd if many plants from garden centres labelled as bee-friendly are in fact killing them because of the neonic pesticides used. Thanks Clive for bringing it to our attention. It will be good to hear what progress is made with the RHS's 'perfect for pollinators' labelling. They should at the very least get written confirmation from growers who sell the plants with the label that neonics are not used ... and have penalties or banning from use of the logo if they are found otherwise.

  2. Grower

    John Walker

    Thanks for highlighting my article, Clive. It's an important/urgent issue which the UK horticultural industry is, I think, hoping will go away.

    You might be interested in a follow-up interview I did with Dave Goulson in June, highlighting the (startling) results of the research mentioned in the article above. You can find it here:

  3. Grower

    Clive McCormack

    Hi Jeremy, having bought many plants under these labels & being a beekeeper I was alarmed by it too! Its only when you are aware of the active ingredients, not clearly labelled neonicotinoid, you realise what's being sold to gardeners. The chemical control of pests available many of which are neonic's. Its seems illogical to ban farmers using them & allow horticulture a free pass to pollute the very plants pollinators rely on in parks & gardens.

  4. Grower

    Clive McCormack

    Thanks John a real eye-opener on the chemical cocktail exposure. I did wonder why it is that B&Q and Aldi have not branded and advertised their plants as "Free of NEONIC's"? It does make you wonder? Did find the RHS statement on Perfect for Pollinators here: What ever that all means & their official statement on pesticide use: RHS statement on pesticides in horticulture "How gardeners can help our declining bees and other pollinators by avoiding the use of neonicotinoids and other pesticides". The question is : why is it only gardeners in this pesticide statement? Is there a mis-description some where legally, that using a "perfect for pollinators" logo can include a whole cocktail of chemicals specifically targeting invertebrate pollinators?

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