Friends of the Earth has welcomed Homebase’s commitment to stop using neonicotinoids on garden plants, supported by a robust audit process.
Earlier this week giant Friends of the Earth bees visited a Homebase store in south London, to urge the firm to act, pointing out that nine of the leading ten garden centres and retailers had already committed to telling plant suppliers not to use the chemicals.
Last week the UK government announced that it supports tougher restrictions on these bee-harming chemicals.
Friends of the Earth bee campaigner Dr Nick Rau said: “We’re delighted Homebase has committed to not using bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides on its garden plants, and to back this up with a robust auditing process. This is great news for our bees, and for the many thousands of people across the UK who urged Homebase to act. We hope the Royal Horticultural Society will now back calls for these neonic pesticides to be kept out of our garden plants.”
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