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BAN ON METALDEHYDE SLUG PELLETS FROM 2020

Metaldehyde slug pellets will be banned in 2020, following a long campaign by environmentalists. A UK ban on the outdoor use of metaldehyde is to be introduced from spring 2020.

The decision to prohibit the use of metaldehyde, except in permanent greenhouses, follows advice from the UK Expert Committee on Pesticides and the Health and Safety Executive that metaldehyde poses an unacceptable risk to birds and mammals. Concerns have also been raised about metaldehyde contamination of drinking water – although this was apparently not a factor in the decision.

Announcing the ban, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “I encourage companies and growers to look at the alternatives, such as ferric phosphate, which is authorised and does not carry similar risks.” Ferric phosphate slug pellets are approved for organic use, as uneaten pellets break down into iron and phosphate, which occur naturally in the soil.

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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine In this issue: On the Veg Patch Joyce Russell’s top March jobs include planting onion sets and potatoes, sowing and buying in pollinating plants and strawberries In the Greenhouse Yorkshire-based gardener Martin Fish pots citrus, harvests curly kale, pricks out tender crops and sows seeds in the border Rekha's Garden and Kitchen Diary (New Series) In her first KG article Rekha, former contestant on BBC’s The Big Allotment Challenge, takes us through her gardening month And much more!