The 2019 ‘Watch your Back’ campaign has been launched by the Melanoma Fund to raise awareness of melanoma and other forms of preventable skin cancers. Too much sun and not enough sun protection can be incredibly dangerous, and the risks are increased exponentially for those who work outdoors, such as in the garden.
The campaign is supported by hundreds of leading horticultural organisations and nine of the UK’s top gardeners, including Alan Titchmarsh, Charlie Dimmock and Adam Frost. Titchmarsh writes that, ‘Being outdoors is such an important part of my life, but I’m aware that even in Britain we need to take precautions against the damaging effects of the sun. The ‘Watch Your Back’ campaign makes huge sense and reminds gardeners that their own health is every bit as important as that of their plants.’
The Melanoma Fund advises that garden professionals ‘protect, detect and prevent’ by checking their skin regularly and by covering up with a high number SPF. It’s also advisable to use sunblock on your nose, ears and lips –areas that are all prone to burning.
Caroline Birdsall, Marketing Manager at Millboard says, ‘Millboard is keen to help raise awareness of the ‘Watch your Back’ campaign. All garden professionals know that they should wrap up warm and not forget their waterproofs in winter, but it’s just as important that we remember to protect ourselves during the warmer months.’
The campaign is supported by 360 garden centres all over the UK. To get involved or to help spread the advice of the campaign, please see https://watchyourback.co.uk/.