Protest to highlight pesticide threat to bee population

Hundreds of campaigners, including fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, will make their voice heard today with a protest at the Department of the Environment.

Bees crawl on a honeycomb
Bees crawl on a honeycomb Credit: Press Association

They are urging Environment Secretary Owen Paterson not to block an EU proposal to suspend the use of certain pesticides.

A vote will take place in Brussels on Monday which will decide whether Europe agrees to introduce a two-year suspension.

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Beekeepers stage protest

Beekeepers gathered in Parliament Square today to urge the Government to support an EU-wide ban on certain pesticides. They were joined by campaigners Vivienne Westwood and Katharine Hamnett.