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Bee & Q… ban on pesticides to help wildlife

B&Q will only sell flowering plants free from pesticides as part of efforts to help wildlife, it has announced.

The retailer has banned suppliers from using any of the nine neonicotinoid pesticides in growing its flowering plant range available from next February.

Research suggests neonicotinoids damage bees’ ability to forage as well as colony growth. In 2013 — ahead of EU legislation — the retailer banned the sale of pest control products containing the three neonicotinoids most linked to bee declines.

B&Q has also launched a report, The Nature of Gardens, which reveals two-thirds of people are concerned about wildlife in the UK.

It has drawn up a list of ten tips for gardeners, such as putting up bird feeders, using fewer garden chemicals, creating ‘hedgehog highways’ and planting more shrubs, trees and nectar-rich blooms.

B&Q’s Rachel Bradley said the guidelines were ‘easy and affordable’ and could make a big difference. ‘We are encouraging everyone to do more for wildlife,’ she said.