Sunscreen Support

Sunscreen Support

If your customers/clients are outdoor people, or you employ outdoor workers, making sunscreen available is important.

To make it cost-effective and hassle-free we have partnered with Lee Brothers to provide you with a special offer on Stokoderm products, that will also benefit the Melanoma Fund.

Free delivery is subject to a minimum order of £25 (or 6 bottles) and you simply need to add a code: SSS21 which when applied at check-out will provide the following discounts:

(All prices ex VAT)

Broad spectrum
Water resistant formula
Non greasy after feel
Cares for skin
Perfume-free

DEB Stokoderm

Sun Protect 30 Pure 100ml

£5.32

£4.50

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DEB Stokoderm

Sun Protect 50 Pure 100ml

£6.59

£4.50

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DEB Stokoderm

Sun Protect 30 Pure 1 Litre

£31.51

£18.00

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DEB Stokoderm

Sun Protect 50 Pure 1 Litre

£22.65

£18.00

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Sun Board (for use with dispenser)

  • Be UV Aware – Sign can be personalised*
  • Size: 600mm x 450mm
  • Specially designed board comes with 1 Litre dispenser

£30.00

*If you wish to order a board, please email sales@leebrothers.co.uk with a copy of your logo, to have it applied to the board when it’s produced.

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Resources

Thank You

You are now Sun Protection Accredited to the Watch Your Back! sun protection campaign.

Your Resources

Please find below a toolkit of resources, specifically created to ensure your work is impactful. You will shortly receive an email with guidelines on how to implement these within your club, kept as simple and flexible as possible.

Please do explore our new website and other areas of the Watch Your Back! campaign to get a better idea on who we are how we work. If you wish to get involved with us, or require further information, please get in touch HERE.

 

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Sun Protection Statement

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Sun Protection Tips

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Skin Cancer Facts

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Accreditation Certificate

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Sun Protection Accreditation FAQ

Sun Protection Accreditation FAQ

Before you sign up you may wish to know a little more about getting Sun Protection Accredited. We have compiled some FAQ which you may find useful. If you have any problems getting accredited or if you have any further questions about the process, please do not hesitate to email us at info@melanoma-fund.co.uk.

Sun protection is one of the easiest ways to prevent skin cancer, one the most common cancers in the world. By getting garden centres, nurseries, landscapers and other horticultural organisations working together, we can create a national community that will help generate vital awareness within the sector.

No. You simply need to pledge to implement a set of simple but effective actions that, when carried out by many others in the industry, will help create impact on skin cancer prevention.

That is great news, and it should not stop you getting involved. Our resources professionally approved, up to date, written specifically for horticulture, and will complement of your existing work.

We recommend an existing health and safety or marketing advisor or someone with a keen interest in sun protection or skin cancer. They will be responsible for ensuring the pledges are implemented, benefiting both staff and customers.

We have kept it as simple as possible. We provide all materials in PDF format, which can be downloaded and printed out. You will need to display these digitally and in relevant areas, to catch the attention of staff and customers/visitors. If you choose to supply sunscreen, we can help with that too, making it cost effective, and a great way to support the Melanoma Fund.

We can help improve your duty of care strategy and enhance your CSR policies. We will offer you fresh content during summer to share with your stakeholders as appropriate. We can also provide you with advice on generating publicity to ensure your efforts are recognised in the local community.

We launch the campaign in May; and although you can get registered at anytime, we recommend the sooner the better. Sun protection should be promoted until September, whilst the sun is hot enough to burn.

This is free to you. As a charity, we work hard to keep our expenses to a minimum, utilising donations to support the campaign, as part of our objectives of preventing and raising awareness of skin cancer.

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Support in horticulture

Nine leading gardeners, 6 major horticultural organisations and over 360 garden centres currently support the Watch Your Back! campaign including:


Skin Cancer Facts

Skin Cancer Facts

To inspire better sun protection habits, we believe it helps to know why it is important to cover up. We have selected some key facts regarding melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) to help expand your knowledge, and then pass this on to others.

Melanoma Facts

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, which grows downwards and after time can reach into the deeper layers of skin and beyond where it is at risk of spreading to other parts of the body.

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Melanoma is the 5th most common cancer in the UK, with around 16,200 new cases diagnosed every year, that is 44 a day.

2

Melanoma may be the rarest form of skin cancer, but it is the deadliest, as it can travel to other organs, so early detection is vital.

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It takes only one blistering sunburn, especially at a young age, to more than double the chance of developing melanoma later in life.

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Since the early 1990s, incidence rates in women have more than doubled in the UK and in males almost tripled.

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Incidence is projected to rise by 7% in the UK between 2014 and 2035, to 32 cases per 100,000 people by 2035.

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By the time it is diagnosed, around 24% of male cases are terminal as opposed to 15% of female cases, because women tend to check themselves more frequently and present at GPs earlier.

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Incidence increases with age, with a quarter of all new cases diagnosed in people aged 75 and over.

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As well as skin, melanoma can also develop in the eyes and in the nailbeds.

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Melanoma does not discriminate by age, race, or gender, although those very fair skin and/or red hair are highly vulnerable.

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Melanoma can occur anywhere, but in men is it most common on the upper back, head, and neck and in women, on the legs.

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Melanoma may suddenly appear without warning but can also develop from or near an existing mole or lesion, and not necessarily on a sun exposed site.

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Only 11% of people get their skin checked professional, and 33% check their own skin annually, despite dermatologists recommending that this should be carried out monthly.

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New, rapidly growing moles, or moles that itch, bleed, or change colour are often early warning signs, which need to be checked immediately by your GP.


Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer (NMSC) Facts

NMSC is the most common cancer in the world, so it is especially important to understand more about it, recognise the first signs, and avoid a late diagnosis which can lead to further problems. Please read and share with others:

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There are nearly 152,000 new NMSC cases in the UK every year, that is more than 410 every day (2015-2017).

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NMSC is by far the most common type of cancer in the world. 43% of NMSC cases in the UK are in woman, and 57% are in men.

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There are 2 main types of NMSC: basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) named after the types of skin cells where the cancer develops, however it is possible for a NMSC to be a mixture of both these types.

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BCC starts in the cells lining the bottom of the epidermis and accounts for about 75 in every 100 skin cancers.

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SCC starts in the cells lining the top of the epidermis and accounts for about 20 in every 100 skin cancers.

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BCC frequently appears as a pearly bump, whereas SCC often looks like a rough, red, scaly area, or an ulcerated bump that bleeds.

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Although not classed as NMSC, Bowen’s disease can sometimes develop into SCC if left untreated, however it develops slowly and is easily treated.

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Actinic or solar keratoses are dry, scaly patches caused by years of accumulated sun damage. Although is not classed as NMSC, there is a small risk that patches could develop into SCC if untreated.

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Since the early 1990s, NMSC incidence rates for both men and women have increased by more than two-and-a-half times (166%) in the UK.

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NMSC can appear on any sun-exposed area of the body, but are most frequently found on the face, ears, bald scalp, and neck.

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Although NMSC spreads slowly, if left untreated, it can lead to disfigurement, so best catch it early.

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NMSC is mainly caused by UV light, and can be prevented by using adequate sun protection.

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Surgery is the main treatment, which involves removing the cancerous tumour and some of the surrounding skin.

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Other treatments include freezing (cryotherapy), anti-cancer creams, radiotherapy and a form of light treatment called photodynamic therapy (PDT).

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The treatment used will depend on the type, size, and location of the NMSC you have.

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If you have a lump, ulcer, lesion, or skin discolouration that has not healed after 4 weeks, see your GP. While it is unlikely to be skin cancer, it is best to get it checked.

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Sun Protection Tips

Sun protection tips and advice

We have worked with Professor Brian Diffey to create relevant and target advice and tips that will enable everyone, whether working or playing, to understand the risks and navigate the outdoors safety.

Sunscreen

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Apply a broad-spectrum SPF30+ product paying special attention to your ears, nose other areas which are especially sensitive, and prone to burning.

2

Once applied to the skin, reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, and less if you are prone to excessive sweating or simply working hard!

3

If you find it difficult to reach those tricky places, get someone else to do the honours and follow suit, or simply wear protective clothing.

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Hands are vulnerable to the sun and are a common place for all types of skin cancer, ageing and age spots. Reapply sunscreen after washing hands.

5

Most sunscreens have a three-year shelf life, but the more the bottle is opened and closed and handled with grubby hands, the more contamination can enter and hasten degradation.

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To avoid degradation, store sunscreen out of direct sunlight, and away from extreme hot or cold temperatures.

Sun time

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Sun protection is recommended from March until October, with the early days of spring a prime time for sunburn.

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UV rays penetrate cloud and haze, and the weather can also fluctuate and catch you out, so be sun prepared in the morning.

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It is easy to plan 10 minutes doing an outdoor task, which then turns into a couple of hours -and possibly sunburn – so get into the habit of applying sunscreen before you start.

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Remember that the sun moves during the day. What was the shade in the early morning will not be a few hours later so keep an eye on the shade, and if possible plan around it.

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Avoid the sun at its strongest between 11am and 3pm. On particularly hot days, plan shade-based gardening activities around these times.

Protective clothing

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Clothing should always be the first line of defence when it comes to sun protection.

2

Always wear a protective hat; your forehead, scalp and ears are high risk areas for skin cancers, and even more so if you are bald or have thinning hair, so wear something with a legionnaire flap at the back.

3

Wear clothing that protects arms and legs; ideally choose garments with a tight weave as these offer the best protection.

4

When the day heats up, it is a natural impulse to remove clothing, which can mean you are exposing skin that has not been sun protected. Keep a light top on and protected exposed areas.

5

There has been an increase in the early formation of cataracts linked to prolonged sun exposure over recent years. Wear wraparound sunglasses which offer all round protection.

General sun sense

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Time flies when you are preoccupied, so add a timer on your phone or watch to remind you to reapply sunscreen every few hours, and to seek shade during the hottest part of the day.

2

Drink often and preferably with water as this is the best way to hydrate. Keep a reusable bottle topped up and at hand.

3

If you are gardening or working in an area which receives full sun, why not put up a makeshift umbrella/parasol, sun tent/gazebo or choose a spot in the shade instead?

4

The UV Index scale is a great tool to tell you how quickly sunburn can occur. When the UV index hits 3, use sun protection and watch out for surfaces like sand which can reflect UV light.

5

Greenhouses and polytunnels can protect skin against UVB rays which cause burning, however not UVA ray which causes premature ageing, so take the same precautions as if you were gardening outside.

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A tan is a great way to prematurely age your skin, encourage age spots and thread veins, as well as heightening the possibility of developing something more serious.


Sun Protection Statement

Sun Protection Statement

Please cut and paste the following statement and guidelines and use on your website, or where appropriate for staff. This can be adapted to suit your tone and requirements.

Sun Protection

We are Sun Protection Accredited to the Watch Your Back! campaign, having pledged to raise awareness of sun protection and skin cancer, protecting the health of our staff and customers.

Skin cancer mainly affects those who spend lots of time outdoors without sun protection, so it makes sense for us all to take the risks seriously. Over the last 30 years, incidence of melanoma has more than doubled in women and tripled in men, so we aim to address this.

The sun can damage your skin between March and October, specifically when the UV Index is 3 and over. Bear in mind that you can burn, even on cloudy days, and the weather can be changeable, so always start the day ‘sun prepared’:

  1. Between March – October, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF30+) on exposed skin, sunglasses and a brimmed hat.
  2. Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before working outdoors to ensure it is properly rubbed in and active.
  3. Keep your top on when working, and ideally your shoulders covered.
  4. Select shade if possible, to carry out tasks, or for breaks.
  5. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, especially when it’s very warm.
  6. Reapply sunscreen every two hours on sunny days or more often when working with water or when sweating. Remember sunscreen can easily be rubbed off when carrying or brushing against items.
  7. Always remember to protect lips, nose, ears and back of neck, areas easily missed and prone to sunburn.
  8. Check your skin every month. If a mole or lesion starts changing in shape or colour, itches, or bleeds, visit your GP immediately.

For further information on sun protection and skin checking visit the Watch Your Back! campaign at www.melanoma-fund.co.uk


Get Sun Protection Accredited

Get Sun Protection Accredited

If you are a garden centre, nursery, landscaper, or a horticultural organisation that works with people outdoors, getting ‘Sun Protection Accredited’ will ensure everyone is informed and educated on the risks of UV exposure, helping improve sun protection habits and awareness of skin cancer.

Becoming ‘Sun Protection Accredited’ will benefit the health of your staff and customers and allow you to become part of wider community, aiming to create national impact on skin cancer.

Getting involved is free and quick to implement. A link to our downloadable resources will be supplied to you by email following registration. Simply read and then pledge the following actions:

Your Actions

1

Appoint a sun pro advisor to review the content, act as a facilitator and distribute materials.

2

Add a sun protection statement to your staff ‘health and safety regulations’.

3

Display our awareness poster and share our sun protection tips and skin cancer facts to both staff and customers.

4

Consider making sunscreen available for staff, either to purchase, or in dispensers, and retail sunscreen for customers/visitors. For sunscreen support visit HERE.

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Display the accreditation logo* and certificate and include the Watch Your Back! campaign on your website and socials.

PLEASE NOTE: Your toolkit of downloadable resources will be supplied following registration.
*An accreditation window sticker will be also posted out to you.

What does it involve?

Getting Sun Protection Accredited is free, quick and all resources are provided.

Our aim is to get the lots of organisations creating small, but discernible actions, helping create positive impact. Do your bit and pledge the following 5 actions:

  1. Nominate a ‘Sun Protection Advisor’
  2. Display sun protection advice to staff in the appropriate health and safety areas and including details of our campaign on your website for customers
  3. Display awareness posters where appropriate and promote your support of the campaign
  4. Ensure that sunscreen is available for staff, either to purchase or for free
  5. Display the Sun Protection Accreditation logo

Why is it important?

Skin cancer rates are rising at an alarm rates, particularly affecting those who spend lots of time outdoors. It is important to educate spread awareness as many underestimate the risks. If not now, then when?

Is it timely?

No. You simply need to read our guidelines and then pledge to implement five simple but effective actions that will help create change in the industry. We will support you with all you need to create a buzz around sun protection.

What are the benefits?

We can help improve your duty of care strategy and enhance your CSR policies. You will join a community of organisations, impacting the health of all in horticulture. We will also provide you with advice on generating publicity to ensure your efforts are recognised in the local community.

Who does it?

We suggest that this is undertaken by a member of staff who is willing to commit to the actions. This person should have the support of the manager/director.

When do I start?

Anytime, however your actions should be promoted from April until September, when the sun is hot enough to burn, so we suggest get prepared and start as soon as possible!

Support in horticulture

Nine leading gardeners, 6 major horticultural organisations and over 360 garden centres currently support the Watch Your Back! campaign including:


Garden Centres and Nurseries

Garden Centres… and now nurseries!

Since 2016, the Watch Your Back! campaign has steadily built impressive support in horticulture, working with national organisations and garden centres, all keen to spread the word sun protection to their members and customers.

With recent support from the HTA and GIMA, we are now proud to include nurseries and landscapers as stakeholders, taking our message into the horticultural workplace, with our Sun Protection Accreditation scheme.

If you are a gardener, we hope you have seen supporting information displayed in your local garden centre and on their websites during summer. If not, please do ask them to get involved. Alternatively, if you run or work at a garden centre, why not join our community of supporters, and get Sun Protection Accredited here.


Ambassadors

Ambassadors

The top ‘movers and shakers’ in the horticultural industry have agreed to get behind Watch Your Back! this year to ensure that our message of PROTECT, DETECT and PREVENT melanoma reaches as many people as possible. Here is their message to you.

Charlie Dimmock

“I am delighted again to support Watch Your Back!, ensuring that gardeners understand the importance of sun protection whilst outside. It’s fantastic that so many horticulturists, organisations and retail groups are backing the campaign this year, which will really help raise awareness and create impact on melanoma.”

Alan Titchmarsh

“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.”

Toby Buckland

“I am delighted to support Watch Your Back! Skin care particularly amongst men over a certain age (50) is a really important issue as they are at the greatest risk of life threatening skin cancer. Times have changed from the ‘old days’ when the true cost of sun burn wasn’t known. Now sun protection from creams and sprays is essential as is the knowledge and early detection of harmful melanomas. Taking care in the sun is all part of safely doing what we enjoy.”

David Domoney

“We protect ourselves in the garden in so many ways, wellingtons, coats, gloves or even a cheeky cushion kneeler. But we sometimes forget we need protection when gardening in the summer sun. It’s really important for all of us to follow the practical advice from the ‘Watch your Back!’ campaign including wearing sun screen, protective clothing and seeking shade to ensure we are adequately protected.”

Andy Sturgeon

“Getting out in the garden is a great way to keep the body and mind active, whatever your age, however it is easy to get lost in your tasks, lose track of time and end up with a painful sunburn. As this can be the precursor to melanoma or forms of skin cancer, always ensure you take adequate precautions by wearing a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and sleeves. This can all help protect your skin, as can seeking shade at the hottest part of the day.”

Anne Swithinbank

“If, like me, you spend a lot of time outdoors, it makes sense to stop and think about the messages from this very important campaign. With each sunburn you actively increase the possibility of developing melanoma and other skin cancers so if I can help draw attention to this, and enable us all to go about our outdoor work and hobbies more safely, then I am happy to do so.”

Joe Swift

“With the amount of time I spend outdoors it makes sense to get involved with this very important campaign. Too many of us are unaware of the true dangers of over-exposure to the sun, and how sunburn leads to melanoma and other skin cancers and if I can draw attention to this and save lives, I am happy to do so.”

David Stevens

“I’ve been a garden designer for fifty years now and that’s a long time in the weather and sun. I do get keratoses, which is a sun induced skin abnormality which needs recognising and simple treatment from time to time, something everyone should look out for as it could lead to more serious problems.”

Mark Lane

“I’ve been gardening since I could walk, and later trained as a landscape designer. I am constantly aware of the sun, rain and wind. Being a wheelchair user it is important to cover up my skin, especially on sunny days, but also on cloudy days. We all need to think about our skin, so either wear appropriate clothing or sunscreen.”

Adam Frost

“When you’re out in the garden it is so easy to think it’s just for a few minutes and not bother with sunscreen, but how many times have you been caught out and ended up with a red neck? I know I have. This message is simple but also serious – sunburn is dangerous so don’t be daft – use sun protection!”


Watch Your Back!

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Keeping gardeners and horticulturists safe under the sun

Watch Your Back! is a sun protection campaign for gardeners and horticulturists. Our aim is to raise awareness of skin cancer, by promoting the benefits of good sun protection and regular skin checking habits.

Our NEW ‘Sun Protection Accreditation’ scheme will help garden centres, nurseries and horticultural organisations ensure that their customers and staff are educated and protected, keeping everyone safe.

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Why gardeners and horticulturists are at risk

Those who spend lots of time outdoors can underestimate the risk of accumulated sun exposure. However, skin cancer has reached epidemic levels, and with incidence rising rapidly each year, developing healthy habits have never been more important.

Our aim is to raise awareness of this to everyone from the amateur gardener to professional horticulturist and landscaper, keeping everyone outside, doing what they do, for longer!

Sun Protection Tips and Advice

Our Ambassadors

We are backed by a team of celebrity gardeners and horticulturalist, helping us spread the word.

Our team includes some of the best-known faces in the horticultural industry. All are keen to ensure our message reaches as many people as possible and each has a unique reason for supporting the Watch Your Back! campaign:

Charlie Dimmock

“It’s fantastic that so many horticulturists, organisations and retail groups back this campaign , which is really helping raise awareness and in turn create impact on melanoma.”

Alan Titchmarsh

“The ‘Watch Your Back’ campaign makes huge sense and reminds all gardeners that their own health is every bit as important as that of their plants.”

Adam Frost

“How many times have you been caught out in the garden and ended up with a red neck? This message is simple – sunburn is dangerous so don’t be ridiculous – use sun protection!”

About our 2021 campaign

The Watch Your Back! sun protection campaign was launched in 2016 to raise awareness of melanoma and other forms of skin cancer to all who love gardening.

Although we are all vulnerable to the effects of the sun, gardeners tend to spend a lot of time outdoors and many can underestimate the damage caused by UV light. To get this message across, each year our campaign is promoted by garden centres, who promote our tips and advice in-store and on their socials and websites.

New initiative
This year, we are widening our reach and deepening our impact, launching a new Sun Protection Accreditation scheme to protect not only gardeners, but all those who work in the horticultural industry, helping keep everyone educated, informed and protected. See here.

New partners
We are also delighted to announce three new partners: The Association of Professional Landscapers (The APL), the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) and the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA). We will be working with each organisation to widen awareness to their members, creating an even bigger, positive impact on skin cancer in the industry.

COVID-19
Our campaign is more important than ever. Due to COVID-19 many millions more will be staying home, taking to their gardens and balconies this simmer, so it is even more vital that we continue our good work. With 44 new cases of melanoma diagnosed every day, this disease stops for no virus, and so neither will we.

Building support
Our campaign is backed by 9 of the UK’s top gardeners, partnered by 6 leading horticultural organisations and supported by over 360 major garden centres, so we must be doing something right! All we now need is you to get involved (the most important thing) and you can do this by simply acting on, supporting and sharing our advice.

Supporting you
Our tips, facts and advice from how and why to apply sunscreen, how to check skin regularly, and what to look out for, is for everyone who loves the great outdoors. Our aim is to get everyone stop and think twice about their habits, and then take action to improve them.

We are connected with over 360 major garden centres in the UK

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