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Take great care with common garden chemicals

Heading into spring and summer, local gardeners have been called on to realise the impact of chemicals on the local environment and to act responsibly when using them. The Crop Protection Associate (CPA) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSBP) have teamed up to champion the cause of the local environment and to try and impress upon the millions of gardeners who will be emerging from their winter hiatus.

The two associations have also embarked upon a campaign to educate gardeners as to how they can improve their gardens without damaging the local flora and fauna. In fact, it is quite possible to have a fantastic garden that contributes to the overall well being of the ecosystem. With this in mind, it is possible to stop using chemicals and instead use natural solutions to build and protect a successful garden.

Whilst the CPA and RSPB understand that sometimes it is necessary to use chemicals to protect a garden from pests, the indiscriminate use and unsafe disposal of weed killers, insect repellents and fungicides could potentially cause more damage than good. Wildlife is especially at risk from chemicals that haven’t been stored or disposed of correctly.

To promote awareness of the campaign, garden centres around the country will be supplied with leaflets offering good advice and practical solutions to those gardeners who understand the risks of chemicals and want to do the right thing by the environment.

Helpful tips such as carefully reading the label, only buying as much as you are going to use and knowing the chemical and any restrictions that might be in force regarding that chemical are just some of the good ideas that the leaflet offers.

Many gardeners do not understand the impact that they have on the environment and, as much as their hearts are in the right place, they can do a lot of damage. This leaflet is there to help these gardeners make the right, educated choice regarding their use of chemicals.

 



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