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  •  I hear so much of this I stopped beliveing it!

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    I also picked up on this via another article earlier this week and smiled.

    One needs to look past the headline and see who is actually stating / reporting this. It gives you good idea of the agenda of those people (which it does with this report .... with very little scientifc eveidence in this report).

    I also saw similar a while again against Combine Harvesters, stating they should be banned as so many insects were being disturbed/sucked up and killed.

    Utlimately anything 'Green' grabs the headlines whether true or not - problem is the more this happens, the less the general public believe....

    • “Generally, if we were to cut our road verges and open grass areas less frequently, let some weeds grow along our pavements, and leave leaves to decompose more, I think it would benefit insects a lot.

      “Really importantly ... We should limit our use of herbicides and insecticides to an absolute minimum, especially in our urban green spaces and gardens.

      “Basically, I think we just need to be a little less tidy and a little more tolerant of ‘weeds’ and I think insects and therefore lots of other species would benefit.”

      I can see why certain interest groups would not appreciate the public buying into this.  Let's bury our heads in the...leaves...and ignore scientists with their agendas..  

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        A shortish piece by Dave Goulson -- university of sussex head of biology :



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          And yes gary -- i completely agree -- this article is total nonsense and is counter productive to the overall very valid eco concerns. The part leaf blowers play is irrelevant -- its the removal of leaves full stop which appears to be the issue - by rake , mower or even by hands. 


          • also removal of leaves by chopping down the trees that might have dropped them (looking at you Railtrack).

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          A really good article, thanks Dan 

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            Hi Jim --  its a good one and very relevant at the moment -- 

            His recent book has got a lot of attention - im waiting to start reading it, as soon as winter comes and work eases off -- its : The Garden Jungle : or gardening to save the planet. 

            Im not sure i agree with all of his points as that might mean - no bloody gardeners LOL but i do think as a general gardener its important to keep up to speed on any relevant environmental issues - number 1 its probably the right thing to do within reason and number 2 - if theres a growing public interest then maybe it puts you in a good position to maximise on that ! 


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