Find out more about our Pesticide-Free London campaign

Let’s make London the FIRST UK city to go 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 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 at risk.

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.

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?

  • 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
Michael Pavey has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Brent
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
Sian Berry has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Camden
Paul Scott has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Croydon
Chris Clark 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
Chris Lloyd has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Greenwich
Michael Desmond has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Hackney
Nick da Costa has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Haringey
All 54 Labour candidates in Havering have taken the pesticide-free pledge
Janet Duncan has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Hillingdon
Caroline Russell has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Islington
Catherine Faulks has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Kensington & Chelsea
Linda Wade has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Kensington & Chelsea
Nicola Sheppard has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Kingston Upon Thames
Pete Elliott has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Lambeth
Jonathan Bartley has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Lambeth
Becca Thackray has taken the pesticide-free
Scott Ainslie has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Lambeth
Nicole Griffiths has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Lambeth
Lib Peck has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Lambeth
Tauseef Anwar has taken the Pesticide-Free London pledge in Lewisham
Luke Sorba has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Lewisham
Hilary Moore has taken the pesticide-free pledge in Lewisham
James Beckles has pledged for a pesticide-free Newham
All 54 Conservative candidates have taken the pesticide-free pledge in Richmond
Monica Saunders 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
Richard Bennett has pledged to make Richmond pesticide-free
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