Pesticide-Free Towns Workshop

As part of the PAN UK commitment to reducing and stopping the use of pesticides in the towns and cities of the UK we have held a series of practical workshops for councillors, council officers and other decision-makers on the technical and practical aspects of going pesticide-free. Our most recent workshop was held in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham on 29th June 2018 and was aimed specifically at London-based councils and organisations that manage significant amounts of land in the city.

There were a variety of presentations from experts in non-chemical alternatives to pesticides, the political issues associated with going pesticide-free and the practicalities of adopting a pesticide reduction strategy. As an aid for those that couldn’t attend the workshop all the presentations on the day were filmed and are presented below for you to watch and share with others.

If you have any questions about any of the presentations provided, or more generally about how PAN UK can assist you or your council in working to reduce and end the use of pesticides, please send an email to

Pesticide-Free Towns: An Introduction

Read the presentation alongside this resource here.

“While there is some debate over the health risks of glyphosate-based chemicals, there is no debate that at Hammersmith & Fulham, the health and well-being of our residents is our priority and we recognise the importance of a green agenda in better supporting that.”

Wesley Harcourt, Hammersmith & Fulham Councillor, 2016

The European Approach

Read the presentation alongside this resource here.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s Approach

Read the presentation alongside this resource here.

Greater London Authority (GLA)

Download the Mayor’s London Environment Strategy here.

“Encouraging people to take ownership of their own neighbourhoods is something I personally feel strongly about.”

Leonie Cooper AM, London Assembly Member, Merton & Wandsworth

An Introduction to Alternatives

Japanese Knotweed Solutions

Read the presentation by JKSL alongside this resource here.

Weedingtech (Foamstream)

Read the presentation by Weedingtech alongside this resource here.

Ubiqutek (Rootwave)

Read the presentation by Ubiqutek alongside this resource here.

Workshop Closing Comments

“This is the beginning of what I think is going to be a powerful movement.”

Keith Tyrell, Director, PAN UK

Resources for Decision-Makers

PFT – Toolkit

Pesticide Free Towns - A Toolkit for Local Authorities

PFT Introductory Briefing

Pesticide Free Towns Campaign Guide

Glyphosate Myth Buster

Glyphosate myth buster

Different Approaches in Europe

Pesticide-free Towns - Different Approaches in Europe

Glyphosate Monograph

Glyphosate Monograph

Glyphosate Restrictions

Pesticide Free Towns - A list of towns where glyphosate is restricted or banned

PFT Sample Report to Council

Pesticide Free Towns - Sample Report to Council

Toronto: Case Study

Pesticide Free Towns - A Case Study in Toronto