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How gardeners can help our declining bees and other pollinators by avoiding the use of neonicotinoids and other pesticides
“One of the biggest problems for bees and other pollinators is a lack of flowering plants. Britain’s gardens, and gardeners, are critical to support pollinators and there are often more of these insects thriving in gardens than surrounding agricultural land.
“It is better for pollinators that gardens are crammed full of Plants for Pollinators, providing them with vital nectar and pollen, than no plants, or plants without flowers.
“People concerned by the decline in pollinator numbers can purchase plants grown without synthetic pesticides from organic nurseries. The RHS will continue to work with government on the National Pollinator Strategy, which sets out actions and goals to support pollinators and try and answer questions surrounding the causes of pollinator decline.
“We advise our hundreds and thousands of members and millions of other gardeners to avoid using pesticides. Where there is no reasonable alternative we urge anyone using pesticides to proceed with caution and never spray open flowers.”
In November 2014 the UK Government launched the National Pollinator Strategy (England). We are a key stakeholder of the Strategy, which sets out actions and goals to support pollinators and try and answer some of the questions surrounding causes of pollinator declines. Part of the Strategy encourages gardeners to choose plants that provide resources for pollinators and endorses the RHS Plants for Pollinators list and logo.
As the country’s leading garden charity we know the crucial role bees and other pollinators play and we are committed to working with all parties to ensure that our members have access to the latest advice on how to protect and encourage pollinators.
We work closely with Defra, the Chemicals Regulation Directorate and other organisations and are careful with the gardening advice we provide too.
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