B&Q bans bee-harming pesticides from its flowering plants

B&Q will ban bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) on its flowering plants from next year. 

It's thanks to tireless campaigning to ban neonics by Friends of the Earth and supporters like you. 

This is fantastic news and a great example of how we can make positive change for our invaluable pollinators. 

Together we’ve kept neonics in the spotlight by raising our concerns with retailers and decision makers.

We’ve shown that scientific evidence is on our side – and all of our hard work has paid off because big businesses are starting to move thanks to us.

Bee-friendly gardens are crucial

Planting bee-friendly gardens is crucial for our threatened bees to provide much needed food and shelter.

We can’t have pollinator-friendly plants laced with toxic neonics. 

B&Q's decision is a great positive step towards our ultimate goal: protecting bees from bee-harming pesticides for good.

And we’re getting closer and closer to reaching this.

What’s next?

We have B&Q on our side. But we need more retailers to do the same so we can make sure our gardens are safe havens for our furry friends. 

What’s more, B&Q’s announcement comes right before Friends of the Earth’s Great British Bee Count (19 May – 30 June) which starts this week.

It’s a great way for people to find out more about bees in their neighbourhood by counting and recording all the bees they’ve seen on our free app.

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Bee pollinating on some lavender