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B&Q bans bee-harming pesticides in plant range

B&Q is the first retailer to remove all nine neonicotinoid* pesticides from its flowering plant range. The ban will come into effect from February 2018.

The move is aimed at supporting wildlife and addressing bee population decline, which is believed to be at most risk from these harmful pesticides, according to a UN report released earlier this year. The UN estimates that more than 40% of pollinating insects, such as bees, wasps, ants, flies and butterflies, are at risk of extinction. B&Q’s ban means that customers can be confident that the plants they buy from B&Q for their gardens will be safer for all pollinators, and won’t contribute to their decline.

In 2013, B&Q was the first retailer to ban three of these pesticides ahead of EU regulations that came into effect that year. As part of B&Q’s commitment to protect Britain’s wildlife, the latest scientific evidence was reviewed. Once again, and ahead of EU draft regulations, B&Q is the first retailer to ban all nine neonicotinoids.

“We are now able to confirm that, to further support pollinators… we will ensure that none of the flowering plants we sell will be grown using any pesticide containing any of the nine neonicotinoids”, B&Q’s Sustainability Manager Rachel Bradley explained.

Customers can find tips on creating insect and other wildlife friendly gardens on B&Q’s website here.

*What is a neonicotinoid? Neonicotinoids are chemical insecticides widely used in the cultivation of plants.


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