We inherited 2 rather over grown gardens. The back garden we have made areas wildlife friendly and are gradually starting to make it usable for us as a family BUT there is so much to do! Also as Daddy Moo is a gardener by trade he doesn't like to remove plants! Me on the other hand anything I don't like or isn't pretty it's outta there! I already removed to bushes and replaced them with slabs to put the bins on so we don't have to store them on the patio area!! I've my eye on another spot which will be a sand pit! Fingers crossed I can have it done by the summer holidays! (3 weeks and counting!)
When Daisy (Megan's rabbit) came to live with us last month we took up a few patio slabs and laid grass for her to run around on. It's up the side of one of the flowerbeds so both Daddy Moo have been pruning back plants in case she nibbles them and gets a sore tummy or worse. However MORE TH>N has found that 78% of British gardens contain plants that are toxic to cats and dogs. I'd never considered George (the cat) he spends many a day sat nesting in a flower pot or basking in the sunshine on top of the rabbit hut! According to the study one in every three pet owners (31%) admitted they had no idea if the plants and flowers in their gardens are toxic.
Together MORE TH>N and Charlie Dimmock have launched a new Pet Safe campaign to raise awareness of the issue of cats and dogs being poisoned by common household plants and flowers – particularly timely given that if your cats are anything like mine they will practically live outside this time of year.
78% of British gardens contain plants that are toxic to cats and dogs.
To kick start the campaign, MORE TH>N has commission RHS Gold medal winner, Ian Drummond to create the world’s most dangerous garden to cats and dogs. Launched at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London at the beginning of June, the garden will be taken to different locations throughout the capital by the charity Core Landscapes.
Far from being rare and exotic botanical specimens, all of the plants and flowers can be found in any home garden, public park or horticultural centre in Britain. A few of the plants on show include: Begonia, Buxus Pyramiden, Chrysanthemum, Clematis, Cordyline, Daisy, Dahlia, Elderberry, Foxglove, Grape plant, Hydrangea, Hedera Ivy, Lilies (variety), Cherry Laurel, Marigold, Nerium Oleander, Paeonia mix, Papaver Poppy, Tomato plant and Wisteria.
In addition to raising general awareness, MORE TH>N are directly campaigning for plant producers, manufacturers of garden products and retailers to provide clearer labeling to help pet owners easily identify if items are safe or harmful to cats and dogs. For more information on the campaign petition please visit www.morethan.com/pet-insurance/news/most-poisonous-garden
Through this campaign MORE TH>N will be arming pet owners with the practical advice and information they need to identify safe and dangerous plants, to recognise the symptoms of poisoning – and what to do in that eventuality – and above all to reduce the likelihood of their beloved pets becoming ill in the first place. I can't believe how many plants are on the list. Daddy Moo and I will be ensuring that we remove any that maybe in our overgrown garden.