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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…

Now Wilkinson stops selling neonicotinoids

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Environment campaigners say retailers have rallied behind their campaign to strip store shelves of sprays linked to bee decline.
Up to 2,000 outlets have removed neonicotinoids (neonics) from sale – even though they remain legal and approved to use.
“The retailer side of the campaign has been extremely fruitful,” said Friends of the Earth (FoE) campaigner Neil Verlander.
Products pulled from many stores…

Unwins tempts kitchen gardeners with new organic range

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Seed firm Unwins has teamed up with charity Garden Organic to bring out a range of organic seeds for kitchen gardeners.
The line-up of 24 varieties, including herbs, peas, salad leaves and beans, is aimed at Britain’s growing band of gardeners who are keen to cultivate edible crops in a sustainable manner.
Called Unwins Organic, sales of seeds will help to fund…

Red alert over Monty Don’s lily beetle tip

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Plant protection firms have accused Gardeners’ Worldpresenter Monty Don of issuing biased advice on how to control a troublesome plant pest.
On BBC2’s flagship show last Month, Monty told how he’d found lily beetle on a fritillary at Longmeadow, his Herefordshire plot.
“They’re bright red, so thankfully they’re easy to see, because the only way to get rid of them is to…

Marc’s blog: for peat’s sake!

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I like to think I am a reasonably environmentally-friendly chap, writes AG news editor Marc Rosenberg.
I grow quite a lot of veg, herbs and salads, use hardly any chemicals in the garden, recycle around 80 per cent of my household rubbish and so on.
But apparently, despite all my efforts to ‘go green,’ I am considered by some to be an…

Green groups call for peat compost tax

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Green groups have urged the Government to slap a £1-per bag tax on peat-based compost in the Budget on 23 March.
Wildlife and conservation groups say peat bogs dug up for compost are responsible for 630,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year.
The RSPB, Wildlife Trusts, Plantlife, Butterfly Conservation, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council, Buglife and Vital Earth are calling on chancellor…

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.…