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‘Ban pesticide and save bees’ – call to York MP

28 February 2012

YEF Chair Kate Lock has written to York Central MP Hugh Bayley, calling on him to support an Early Day Motion to ban neonicotinoid pesticides that are killing honeybees. Letter to Hugh Bayley MP about neonicotinoid pesticides and bees

This follows a presentation by Guy Wallbanks of York and Ryedale Friends of the Earth, who spoke to February meeting of the Environment Forum about the dangerous decline in the honeybee population – and how people can do to help nurture bees and save them by planting wildflowers. He is asking York residents to sow wildflowers in their gardens and to cultivate wildflower plug plants for transplanting to other suitable sites locally. Councillor Dave Merrett, who attends the Forum on behlaf of the York Labour Group, said the City of York Council was supportive of increasing wildflower planting in the city.

Forum member Mick Phythian, of York Natural Environment Trust, mentioned Wildflowering York, a leaflet by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust  to encourage wildflower planting on verges and other green spaces. Guest speaker Hugh Cripps of the Yorkshire Energy Partnership, who gave a presentation on the Government’s Green Deal, mentioned the Natural Beekeeping Trust,, He also referred to the BBC2 series, Bees, Butterflies and Blooms, which is championing the planting of wildflowers to encourage insect pollinators.



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