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Garden with a health warning opens up in Guernsey

The garden is based at the GSPCA.

A garden with a health warning has opened up in Guernsey.

The poisonous plant garden has been created by the GSPCA and Floral St Andrew's to educate pet owners on which plants may pose a risk to their animals health.

The idea for the plot came when islander Ginny Heaume's two dogs died after eating a Castor Oil plant, officially known as Ricinus Communis.

The common plant is poisonous to pets if eaten.

Less than 24 hours after eating the plant, Cockers Macy and Tally, became very unwell and within a day both dogs had died.

Macy and Tally were 10 and 8 year old Cocker Spaniels.

Following the death of Ginny's two Cocker Spaniels the GSPCA and Floral St Andrew's wanted to help her raise awareness of the dangers of plants to pets.

Steve Byrne from the GSPCA hopes the garden will give islanders advice on what to look out for to ensure there are no more fatalities.

The garden is open to the public and is based at the GSPCA in Guernsey.

Some of the plants that the Dogs Trust have listed as dangerous to pets are:

  • Roddedendrum
  • Foxglove
  • Geraniums
  • Buttercups
  • Holly (berries)