We want a Pesticide-Free Manchester
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Mayoral elections will be taking place in Manchester on 6th May 2021. They are a crucial opportunity to encourage mayoral candidates to commit to phasing out urban pesticides.

Thanks to dedicated Pesticide-Free Towns campaigners, nearly half of Manchester’s metropolitan boroughs have already ended or significantly reduced their pesticide use. This list includes Bury, Rochdale, Trafford and Manchester City Council.

Let’s go further and use the mayoral elections as an opportunity to make all of Manchester 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 Manchester, take this quick online action to send an email to your mayoral candidates asking them to work towards making Manchester pesticide-free if elected.

Email Manchester’s mayoral candidates

Get in touch if you need any support or advice in helping to spread the word further.

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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