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To: Declan Ronayne, Chairman at Chadwicks Group & Woodies DIY
Biodiversity Crisis in Ireland
As the largest chain of DIY Stores and Garden Centres in Ireland you are a critical link to many of the two million domestic gardens in Ireland which are a potential platform for saving Ireland from the biodiversity crisis.
We appeal to you to stop selling Roundup weedkiller as this is harmful to people and the environment and many people are simply unaware of this when they purchase it in your stores and use it in their private gardens.
We appeal to you instead to get behind the biodiversity crisis. There is a great deal of money to be made because there is a huge amount of work to be done in supporting biodiversity around the country.
• We need people planting fruit and nut trees and other kinds of native trees.
• We need pollinator friendly plants.
• We need native hedging for wildlife corridors.
• We need eco friendly pots and signage for wild gardens and signage for pollinator plants to spread the word.
• We need people growing their own pesticide-free vegetables and herbs.
In fact the number of garden projects is endless and this is a fantastic way to grow your already existing customer base. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved with the community while at the same time making more money. Per Woodies logo we are all homemakers so we are all in this together.
Please take this opportunity to do something of enormous value for your business, your community, your country and your planet.
Why is this important?
This is of critical importance right now due to the declining number of insect species in this country as a result of poor practices by many people who simply are unaware of the adverse effects of their behaviour.
Healthy biodiversity boosts ecosystem productivity where each species, no matter how small, all have an important role to play. In Ireland biodiversity is essential for many reasons including the below:
• Soils formation and protection
• Nutrient storage and recycling
• Pollution breakdown and absorption
• Contribution to climate stability
• Maintenance of ecosystems
• Medicinal resources
• Wood products
• Ornamental plants
• Diversity in genes and species
• Social benefits, such as research, education, recreation, cultural values and tourism