We want Pesticide-Free Towns
Email London’s mayoral candidates

Mayoral elections will be taking place in London on 6th May 2021. They are a crucial opportunity to encourage mayoral candidates to commit to phasing out urban pesticides.

In 2018, PAN UK encouraged candidates in the London-wide council elections to pledge to make their borough pesticide-free if elected. The campaign was a huge success, with almost 400 candidates from all major political parties taking the pledge. Of those, 139 were elected on to more than half of London’s 32 councils.

More than a third of London boroughs have since joined Hammersmith & Fulham in ending, or significantly reducing, their pesticide use. The list includes including Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Hackney, Lambeth, and Richmond. Let’s go further and use the mayoral elections as an opportunity to make all of London pesticide-free!


At last count, 38 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, hospitals and schools. Almost all of the pesticides used are weedkillers designed to do nothing more than keep places looking ‘neat and tidy’.

These chemicals are linked to an array of health problems including cancer, asthma, birth defects and reproductive issues. Vulnerable groups such as children, pregnant mothers and the elderly are particularly at risk.

Wildlife such as bees, birds and hedgehogs are increasingly seeking refuge in our towns and cities. However, the overuse of pesticides in urban areas is contaminating the natural resources that they depend upon. Our pets can also be susceptible to pesticide poisoning.

But urban pesticide use is unnecessary. There are many viable and cost-effective non-chemical alternatives available and more than 60 towns and cities across the UK have already taken action to end or significantly reduce their pesticide use.

Take action and create a buzz!

If you live in London, take this quick online action to send an email to your mayoral candidates asking them to work towards making London pesticide-free if elected.

Email London’s mayoral candidates

Attend our online event on 13th April to connect with other local campaigners and find out how you can work together to take action across London.

Register here

Print out a poster and stick it in your window, on local community boards, or wherever you think it might raise awareness.

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Share the action on social media and encourage your own friends and family to take action.

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Pesticide-free London leaflet
Pesticide-free London Merch
Pesticide-Free Manchester
Take action in Manchester
We want pesticide-free towns and cities - take action
Take action in the rest of the UK