Pesticide-Free London 2018-05-29T16:41:30+00:00
Find out more about our Pesticide-Free London campaign

Let’s make London the FIRST UK city to go pesticide-free!

At last count, 41 different toxic pesticides were being used in UK towns and cities. They are sprayed in parks, playgrounds and other green spaces, road verges, pavements and around shopping centres and schools.

The chemicals being used have been linked to an array of health problems including cancer, diabetes and neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s. Vulnerable groups such as children, pregnant women and old people are most affected.

Pesticides are also having devastating effects on London’s natural environment. Due to habitat loss and the large quantities of pesticides used in UK agriculture, wildlife such as bees, birds and hedgehogs are increasingly seeking refuge in our towns and cities. However, the overuse of pesticides is destroying many of the areas where they can forage for food and contaminating the natural resources they depend upon.

But urban pesticide use is unnecessary. There are lots of non-chemical alternatives available and hundreds of towns and cities around the world have already banned pesticides. Read more about some of the many towns and cities that have already gone pesticide-free here and here.

Ask your London councillors to make your borough pesticide-free!

What’s the solution?

The local council has the power to ban pesticides on all public land in your borough. In fact a number of councils around the UK are already proving that it can be done, including London’s own Hammersmith & Fulham which went pesticide-free in 2016.

In the run up to the city-wide council elections in May 2018, PAN UK mobilised thousands of London residents to ask their local candidates to pledge to make their borough pesticide-free if elected. We received an amazing response with almost 400 pledges pouring in from all but two of London’s boroughs, and all of the main political parties.

Scroll down to find out who took the pledge in your borough.

We are delighted to report that almost 40% of the candidates who took the Pesticide-Free London pledge were elected and we now have allies in two-thirds of London councils. 

But taking the pledge is easy. Now the work begins to turn this groundswell of support into real and lasting change. PAN UK will be working closely with councils across London to help them stop using pesticides and make the switch to non-chemical alternatives. But, we can’t do this alone. Councillors will only take action if they hear from concerned citizens like you!

Pesticide-Free London pledges

What can you do?

  • Take our online action telling your newly elected councillors that you want your borough to go pesticide-free and asking them to attend PAN UK’s workshop on 29th June which will outline the practicalities of how to end pesticide use.
  • Contact PAN UK to find out if there is already a Pesticide-Free Towns campaign in your borough. We can connect you with other concerned citizens in your local area or help you to start your own campaign.
  • Contact PAN UK for a logo pack so that you can show support for the campaign on social media.
  • Shop online and buy a Pesticide-Free London t-shirt, hoodie, baseball top or bag to publicise your support for the campaign and help us raise funds at the same time.

Together we can get toxic pesticides out of London’s public spaces and secure a healthier future for both people and the environment.

Are you a London councillor?

Take the Pesticide-Free London Pledge
All 27 Green Party candidates in Barnet have taken the pesticide-free pledge
Jim Tierney has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Barnet
Adele Ward has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Barnet
Roger Tichborne has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Barnet
Raymundo Obedencio has pledged to make Barnet pesticide-free
Ben Samuel has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Barnet
Carmen Legarda has pledged to make Barnet pesticide-free
Kunal Dhanani-Sumaria has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Barnet
Noel Lynch has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Barnet
Emile Batt has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Barnet
Brent Green Party has taken the pesticide-free pledge
Michael Pavey has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Brent
John Duffy has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Brent
Elcena Jeffers has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Brent
Josh King has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Bromley
Kathy Bance has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Bromley
Simon Jeal has pledged to make Bromley pesticide-free
Angela Wilkins has pledged to make Bromley pesticide-free
Ian Dunn has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Bromley
Richard Lovell has pledged to make Bromley pesticide-free
Sian Berry has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Camden
Dee Searle has pledged to make Camden pesticide-free
John Holmnes has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Camden
Stephen Crosher has pledged to make Camden pesticide-free
Carmen Alcantara has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Camden
Nancy Jirira has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Camden
Kirsten de Keyser has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Camden
Paul Scott has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Croydon
Eunice O'Dame has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Croydon
Chris Clark has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Croydon
Jay Ginn has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Croydon
Jeremy Fitzpatrick has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Croydon
Karen Jewitt has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Croydon
Nina Degrads has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Croydon
Caragh Skipper has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Croydon
Liz Paice has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Ealing
Joyce Onstad has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Ealing
Aleksandra Turner has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Ealing
Amanda Souter has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Ealing
Kate McGeevor has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Enfield
Bill Linton has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Enfield
Luke Balnave has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Enfield
David Flint has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Enfield
Chris Lloyd has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Greenwich
Leonie Barron has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Greenwich
Jannet Mathers has pledged to make Greenwich pesticide-free
Samir Jeraj has pledged to make Hackney pesticide-free
Michael Desmond has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Hackney
Teresa Clark has pledged to make Hackney pesticide-free
Alastair Binnie-Lubbock has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Hackney
Nick da Costa has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Haringey
Helen Spiby-Vann has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Haringey
Raymundo Obedencio has pledged to make Haringey pesticide-free
Ivana Curcic has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Haringey
Sam Hall has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Haringey
Linda Robinson has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Harrow
Emma Wallace has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Harrow
Madeleine Atkins has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Harrow
Rowan Langley has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Harrow
All 54 Labour candidates in Havering have taken the pesticide-free pledge
Janet Duncan has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Hillingdon
Daniel Goldsmith has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Hounslow
Francis Beddington has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Hounslow
Chris Gillie has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Hounslow
Caroline Russell has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Islington
Hannah Graham has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Islington
Carmel McLoughlin has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Kensington & Chelsea
Catherine Faulks has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Kensington & Chelsea
Eve Allison has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Kensington & Chelsea
Linda Wade has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Kensington & Chelsea
Erwin Schaefer has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Kensington & Chelsea
Andrea Craig in Kingston Upon Thames has taken the Pesticide-Free London pledge
Ken Smith has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Kingston Upon Thames
Nicola Sheppard has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Kingston Upon Thames
Terry Paton has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Kingston Upon Thames
Caroline Kim has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Kingston Upon Thames
Sam Shethran has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Kingston Upon Thames
Chris Hayes has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Kingston upon Thames
Julie Pickering has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Kingston Upon Thames
Khadija Rahman has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Kingston Upon Thames
David Richardson has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Lambeth
Becca Thackray has taken the pesticide-free
Matt Reynolds has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Lambeth
Robin Lambert has pledged to make Lambeth pesticide-free
Gerlinde Gniewosz has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Lambeth
Lib Peck has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Lambeth
Nick Christian has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Lambeth
Luke Sorba has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Lewisham
Maureen Martin has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Lewisham
Hilary Moore has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Lewisham
Rachel Brooks has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Merton
James Beckles has pledged for a pesticide-free Newham
Frankie-Rose Taylor has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Newham
Nate Higgins has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Newham
Helen Lynch has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Newham
Danny Keeling has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Newham
Tony Csoka has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Redbridge
All 54 Conservative candidates have taken the pesticide-free pledge in Richmond
North Richmond Conservative candidates have taken the pesticide-free pledge in Richmond
Monica Saunders has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Richmond
Nicola Albon has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Richmond
Andree Frieze has pledged to make Richmond pesticide-free
Dylan Baxendale has pledged to make Richmond pesticide-free
Jean Loveland has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Richmond upon Thames
Gemma Curran has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Richmond Upon Thames
Richard Bennett has pledged to make Richmond pesticide-free
Radomir Tylecote has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Richmond Upon Thames
Heathfield Lib Dems have taken the pesticide-free pledge
West Twickenham Lib Dems have taken the pesticide-free pledge
Barnes Lib Dems have taken the pesticide-free pledge
Kew Lib Dems have taken the pesticide-free pledge
Twickenham Riverside Lib Dems have taken the pesticide-free pledge
Mortlake and Barnes Common Lib Dems have taken the pesticide-free pledge
Hampton Wick Lib Dems have taken the pesticide-free pledge
South Twickenham Lib Dems have taken the pesticide-free pledge
North Richmond Lib Dems have taken the pesticide-free pledge
Ham Petersham and Richmond Riverside Lib Dems have taken the pesticide-free pledge
St Margarets and North Twickenham Lib Dems have taken the pesticide-free pledge
Whitton Lib Dems have taken the pesticide-free pledge
Fulwell and Hampton Hill Lib Dems have taken the pesticide-free pledge
Hampton Lib Dems have taken the pesticide-free pledge
Teddington Lib Dems have taken the pesticide-free pledge
East Sheen Lib Dems have taken the pesticide-free pledge
South Richmond Lib Dems have taken the pesticide-free pledge
Hampton North Lib Dems have taken the pesticide-free pledge
Andrew Mackay has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Southwark
Eleanor Margolies has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Southwark
Bartley Shaw has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Southwark
Rose Ades has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Southwark
Gina Mudge has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Sutton
Bob Steel has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Sutton
Maeve Tomlinson has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Sutton
Christopher Woolmer has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Sutton
Claire Jackson-Prior has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Sutton
Shasha Khan has taken the pesticide-free in Sutton
Gay McDonagh has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Sutton
Mark Webb has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Sutton
Tabitha Potts has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Tower Hamlets
Jonathan Fryer has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Tower Hamlets
Elaine Bagshaw has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Tower Hamlets
Dominic Buxton has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Tower Hamlets
Elliot Weaver has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Tower Hamlets
Andrew Johns has pledged to make Waltham Forest pesticide-free
Rachel Barrat has pledged to make Waltham Forest pesticide-free
RoseMary Warrington has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Waltham Forest
Miranda James has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Waltham Forest
Chris Lemin has pledged to make Waltham Forest pesticide-free
Diana Korchien has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Waltham Forest
Bob Sullivan has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Waltham Forest
Ed Bird has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Waltham Forest
Rosie Green has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Waltham Forest
Tim Bennett-Goodman has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Waltham Forest
Glyn Roberts has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Waltham Forest
Roger Payne has pledged to make Waltham Forest pesticide-free
Mark Dawes has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Waltham Forest
Fergal McEntee has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Wandsworth
Chris Poole has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Wandsworth
Caroline Austin has pledged to make Wandsworth pesticide-free
David Carlyon has pledged to make Wandsworth pesticide-free
Lois Davis has pledged to make Wandsworth pesticide-free
James Frew has pledged to make Wandsworth pesticide-free
Sheaian Lee has pledged to make Wandsworth pesticide-free
Joe Stuart has pledged to make Wandsworth pesticide-free
Stella Baker has pledged to make Wandsworth pesticide-free
Dan Rad has pledged to make Wandsworth pesticide-free
Patrick Ellen has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Wandsworth
Di McCann has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Wandsworth
Liam Bailey-Morgan has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Wandsworth
Zack Polanski has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Westminster
Vivien Lichtenstein has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Westminster