Unprecedented support for the UK to drastically reduce pesticide use

2021-03-19T12:01:32+00:00March 5th, 2021|

by Sarah Haynes, Collaboration Coordinator, hosted by PAN UK Over the last few months, PAN UK and RSPB have mobilised 45 organisations and individual farmers and academics to respond collectively to the UK Government’s public consultation on the revised UK National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides [...]

Take pesticide products off supermarket shelves!

2021-03-19T12:02:07+00:00March 3rd, 2021|

Last year, thousands of UK shoppers called on supermarkets to stop selling pesticide products. We are delighted to report that from 1st April the Co-op will be removing all high-risk synthetic pesticides from their gardening range. The pandemic has highlighted just how important our green spaces, gardens and allotments are [...]

Alternatives to herbicides – a new guide

2021-03-19T12:02:28+00:00February 4th, 2021|Tags: , , |

With a climate change emergency, collapsing biodiversity and a global health crisis underway it is imperative that our urban spaces become healthier places for people and wildlife. The body of evidence linking pesticides to serious human health and environmental harms is growing, as is the movement to end their use. [...]

A lesson in resilience: Pesticide-Free Towns Campaign blooms

2021-03-19T12:02:41+00:00January 15th, 2021|

by Emma Pavans de Ceccatty, Campaigns Assistant, PAN UK This last year has been incredibly challenging for everyone. It’s been especially tough to engage people on issues like the dangers of pesticides. Yet, like resilient dandelions growing through the concrete, Pesticide-Free Town campaigners have shown their creativity and determination in [...]

Tackling weeds without the use of pesticides

2021-03-19T12:06:33+00:00September 20th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

By Stuart Fraser, Kersten UK Hello readers of the PAN UK blog, I work for a company called Kersten UK. Our business specialises in chemical-free integrated weed management and we’d love to share some of our thoughts with you on the topic. We’ve noticed a trend of public bodies moving [...]

London Assembly unanimously adopts Motion to eliminate glyphosate

2019-07-05T12:53:52+01:00July 5th, 2019|

By Nick Mole, Policy Officer, PAN UK 2019 is proving to be an amazing year for our Pesticide-Free Towns campaign, as an ever growing number of councils adopt policies that will bring an end to the use of potentially harmful pesticides in the parks and playgrounds, streets and schools where [...]

Candidates of major political parties commit to end Brighton & Hove Council’s use of pesticides

2019-04-30T09:39:11+01:00April 25th, 2019|

Brighton & Hove Environment Hustings 2019 Thursday 18th April saw council election candidates from the four main political parties take part in Brighton & Hove’s Environment Hustings, ahead of local elections on 2nd May. Organised jointly by PAN UK and the Brighthelm Centre, the ‘hustings’ - an event during an election [...]

Finding a commercially viable alternative to glyphosate in an urban setting

2019-03-27T11:56:39+00:00March 27th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

by Karen Rigby-Faux, Community Liaison Officer, Burleys Burleys, with its Royal Warrant, is a grounds maintenance company that has been in existence for more than 50 years. Burleys’ main clients include local authorities, the police, numerous sports clubs and schools across the South East. These are large contracts which involve maintaining public [...]

Pesticide-Free Towns Campaign gains momentum

2019-03-22T11:54:35+00:00March 22nd, 2019|

The Pesticide-Free Towns movement is gathering pace across the UK as public concern about the use of glyphosate and other pesticides in our parks, playgrounds and streets continues to grow. Not long after the recent news from the London Borough of Croydon, which has ended the use of pesticides in [...]

Managing a city park without pesticides

2019-03-20T08:47:53+00:00March 20th, 2019|Tags: , , |

by Steve Peters, Garden Manager, The Level Park, Brighton The Level Park is situated in the centre of Brighton and is completely pesticide-free. Entrance to The Level Park in Brighton which is managed without the use of pesticides. The park’s complete restoration using Heritage Lottery, Big Lottery Fund [...]

Whalley Rangers love where they live

2019-03-14T15:54:05+00:00March 12th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

by Hélène Rudlin (with contributions from Emily Hirst), Whalley Rangers There is a strong sense of community in Whalley Range; we love our streets, we care about gardening, and there are always activities taking place that contribute to making our environment an even more pleasant place to live, [...]

Croydon Council to end the use of glyphosate in parks and green spaces

2018-12-05T16:21:34+00:00December 5th, 2018|

Croydon Council has given its citizens an early Christmas present by committing to end the use of the controversial weed killer glyphosate in all of it public parks and green spaces. At a full council meeting on Tuesday 3rd December, in answer to a question from Councillor Nina Degrads, Councillor Stuart [...]

Pesticide-Free Newcastle campaign is launched

2018-11-06T12:51:47+00:00November 6th, 2018|

John Wilson is a new campaigner who has recently launched a Pesticide-Free Towns campaign in Newcastle. He shares his motivations and campaign progression below: I have been lobbying Newcastle Council to stop using glyphosate-based weed killer for over 15 years. I did this first as an individual and now, for [...]

Trade Union calls to ban glyphosate

2019-03-08T14:37:28+00:00October 18th, 2018|

(18th October 2018) In September, the GMB Union joined an ever-growing range of voices calling for the UK government to immediately ban glyphosate. Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used weedkiller which was declared as ‘probably carcinogenic’ by the World Health Organisation in 2015.  As well as being used widely [...]

A day of reckoning for Roundup

2018-08-13T16:32:21+01:00August 13th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

by Keith Tyrell, Director, PAN UK On Friday, 10th August, a jury in California came to a momentous judgement: it agreed with a school groundsman’s claim that his rare form of cancer was caused by exposure to the herbicide known as Roundup. The case has huge implications for glyphosate – the [...]

Non-agricultural pesticides in the UK

2018-08-30T15:38:36+01:00August 2nd, 2018|Tags: , , , |

by Nick Mole, Policy Officer, PAN UK (2nd August 2018) On 26th April, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released the results of its latest survey into pesticides used in the amenity sector in the UK. This is the second such survey and it looks at use reported in 2016 [...]

Another step towards a pesticide-free London

2018-08-16T09:01:44+01:00August 1st, 2018|Tags: , |

by Josie Cohen, Head of Policy and Campaigns (1st August 2018) On a scorching hot Friday in June, forty decision-makers responsible for managing public spaces around London gathered in Hammersmith for the first ever Pesticide-Free London workshop. Those in attendance included elected councillors and council officers from two-thirds of London [...]

A win for all pollinators

2018-05-02T16:36:31+01:00April 27th, 2018|

Great result for pollinators as ban on bee-toxic pesticides made permanent Today’s news that the European Commission has extended – and made permanent – the existing ban on three bee-toxic neonicotinoids is warmly welcomed by Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK). After spending more than a decade warning of the [...]

Glyphosate Myth Buster

2018-10-23T10:04:25+01:00March 21st, 2018|Tags: , |

Glyphosate isn’t the only pesticide applied in towns and cities but it is certainly the most widely-used. It is sprayed by local councils and other land managers as a weedkiller in many of our green, urban spaces. Concerned citizens wanting their council (or other land managers) to stop using glyphosate come [...]

PAN UK and Garden Organic working together

2018-05-02T16:41:15+01:00March 20th, 2018|

As the only UK charity focused on tackling the problems caused by pesticides, we are pleased to announce our new working relationship with Garden Organic, the country’s leading organic growing charity. Both organisations actively campaign to promote safe and sustainable alternatives to pesticides. Our combined expertise - whether in organic [...]

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