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Posts Tagged ‘Friends of the Earth’


Neonic sprays don’t harm bees, says BBKA

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Gardeners who have been ditching chemicals in a bid to save stricken honey bees may have been wasting their time.
In a shock move, the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA), which represents 24,000 amateur beekeepers, said is not convinced that controversial neonicotinoid garden insecticides are responsible for honey bee decline.
“There is no evidence we have seen of damage to honey bees from…

Monty Don’s anger at no ban on neonicotinoids

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Gardeners’ Worldpresenter Monty Don has slammed an EU decision not to ban garden sprays that campaigners have linked with bee decline.
“I am incandescent about the government’s shameful decision not to ban neonicotinoid insecticides,” Monty wrote on his blog.
“The fact that there is any doubt at all about their safety to the bee population should give them long pause for thought until…

Gardeners pledge to help honey bees survive

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Gardeners are pledging to plant bee-friendly flowers in 2013, environment campaigners have claimed.
Friends of the Earth (FoE) found that 62 per cent of adults who had a garden or window box wanted to help stricken honey bees.
Bees have suffered catastrophic colony collapse across Europe in recent years and no-one knows why.
Habitat loss, pesticide use, the Varroa mite and climate change…

Concern over pesticides and bee death

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Gardeners are set to come under more pressure to ditch a group of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, due to worries over bee colony death.
An investigation at Reading University, backed by Friends of the Earth, found it would cost £1.8billion a year to hand-pollinate UK crops if bees died out altogether.
In April, Amateur Gardening reported how French scientists had claimed that neonicotinoids …

Bob Flowerdew stokes the peat debate

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Green groups have lashed out after an influential organic gardener demanded the right to use peat.
Writing in AG, Bob Flowerdew, the BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time panellist, made the ultimate organic taboo: he confessed to using a small amount of peat in loam-based sowing compost.

Bob argued that peat was a renewable resource and suggested: “Why not let us have…

Alan Titchmarsh digs in over peat use

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Conservationists say they are “stunned” after TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh admitted to using weedkiller and peat.
The former Gardeners’ World presenter, who claims to have resisted chemical pesticides for 10 years, confessed he’d “occasionally” used Roundup weedkiller as “his back is not as well oiled as it was for double digging”.
To the dismay of green groups, Alan, who is regarded as…

Green campaigners attack patio heaters

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When Wyevale Garden Centres announced in 2007 that it was to stop selling patio heaters at its 120 UK stores, the move was widely applauded by environment campaigners.
But greens are again seeing red after learning that the company, now called
The Garden Centre Group, is renting patio heaters to customers online through an operation run by a business partner.
Environmentalists took to…

30 Oct 2010: Campaigners’ anger at peat comeback

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Peat-based composts are set to make a big comeback, in a move branded “irresponsible” and “shocking” by campaigners.
Suppliers are gearing up to launch a host of peat-based brands after Government targets for the UK to be 90 per cent peat-free by 2010 fell by the wayside.
Westland will introduce a multi-purpose compost called Jack’s Magic. It contains 90 per cent peat.…