Bee Petition

Members of Cornwall Council have today (22 November) supported an action plan to help save the bees.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for planning Edwina Hannaford has championed support for the preparation and implementation of a Pollinators Action Plan and for a motion which will see allegedly harmful pesticides like neonicotinoids no longer routinely used on Council owned or managed land.

Members have agreed to support Edwina’s motion and have today also called on the Government to fund extensive research into the hazards of glyphosate and neonicotinoids on human health and the environment. In addition, the Council will explore other ways in which to enhance and protect the habitats of bees and other pollinators.

Edwina explains: “Bees are vital to our ecosystem and we must do all we can to halt their decline and to protect them and their habitats. My concerns are obviously shared by many others judging by the petition from Friends of the Earth that I accepted earlier today.

I’m delighted that the Council has taken the concerns of so many on board and taken this opportunity to agree to produce a pollinator action plan. This could include measures such as protecting habitats via the planning process as well as to ensure that new developments provide for bees and other pollinators; establishing wildflower meadows in areas such as parks; planting bee friendly plants and trees such as apple, cherry and hawthorn on Council land, and using road verges to encourage the growth of spring and summer flowers.

I’m delighted that we have today also agreed that neonicotinoids will no longer be used on land owned or managed by the Council including parks, gardens and highway verges. Further work will be undertaken on progressing the potential to stop the use of glyphosphates once the budget becomes available to facilitate this move.”

Work will also be undertaken towards achieving a reduction in the use of neonicotinoids and glyphosphates on County Farms through a detailed and ongoing review of good practice and evidence, and engaging with the farming sector and its representatives.

Story posted: 22 November 2016