Pesticide-Free Towns – success stories

Thanks to campaigners like you, villages, towns and entire cities are going pesticide-free. To show you how they did it, have a read through the case studies below and learn how you can make positive change where you live.

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Pesticide/glyphosate restrictions and bans around the UK

Bans or phase out commitments

December 2020: 30

  • Glastonbury, Somerset – June 2015 – Banned the use of glyphosate and moved to pesticide free methods. The first UK council to do so.

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1131627070200447&id=204401476256349&substory_index=0

  • Erewash, Derbyshire – October 2015 – Banned the use of glyphosate and moved to pesticide free methods.
  • Wadebridge, North Cornwall – March 2016 – Banned the use of glyphosate and moved to pesticide free methods.

https://www.wadebridge-tc.gov.uk/wadebridge-the-town/pesticide-free-wadebridge.html

  • Hammersmith & Fulham, London – June 2016 – Banned the use of glyphosate and moved to pesticide free methods. The first London Borough to do so.

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/council-to-stop-spraying-parks-with-health-risk-weed-killer-a3262826.html

  • Lewes District, East Sussex – June 2017 – Committed to a 6 month glyphosate phase out period trialling alternatives. Partnered with contractor to buy Foamstream.

https://www.localgov.co.uk/Getting-into-a-lather-over-weed-control/44574

  • Cowes, Isle of Wight – March 2018 – Banned the use of glyphosate and moved to pesticide free methods.

https://www.cowestowncouncil.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Minutes-Projects-Committee-20-March-2018.pdf

  • Brighton and Hove, East Sussex – May 2018 – Banned the use of glyphosate and moved to pesticide free methods.

https://new.brighton-hove.gov.uk/news/2019/council-promises-be-pesticide-free-2022

  • Frensham, Surrey – September 2018 – Banned the use of glyphosate and moved to pesticide free methods.

https://www.frensham-pc.gov.uk/_UserFiles/Files/_Minutes/93724-Minutes_2018-09-19.pdf

  • Bristol, Bristol – January 2019 – Committed to a two-year glyphosate phase out period trialling alternatives.

https://www.bristol247.com/news-and-features/news/council-pledges-to-phase-out-toxic-weed-killer/

  • Shaftesbury, Dorest – February 2019 – Banned the use of glyphosate and moved to pesticide free methods.

http://thisisalfred.com/green/new-shaftesbury-council-urged-to-make-climate-breakdown-top-priority/

  • Trafford, Manchester – March 2019 – Committed to a one-year glyphosate phase out period trialling alternatives.

https://trafford.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/03/31/trafford-commits-to-banish-the-use-of-glyphosate-herbicides/

  • Cambridge, Cambridgeshire – May 2019 – Banned the use of herbicides in all the parks and open spaces. Committed to a wider two-year phase out period and trialling alternatives.

https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/restricted-use-of-herbicides

  • Midlothian, Scotland – May 2019 – Banned the use of glyphosate and are considering alternative methods.

https://www.midlothianadvertiser.co.uk/news/politics/midlothian-council-suspends-use-weed-killer-1417592

  • Highland, Scotland – June 2019 – Banned the use of glyphosate in all sports, recreation facilities and play grounds and schools and moved to pesticide free methods.

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6608093/Highland-1.pdf

  • Lyme Regis, Dorset – July 2019 – Banned the use of glyphosate and moved to pesticide free methods.

http://lyme-online.co.uk/news/lyme-regis/council-to-ban-carcinogenic-roundup-weed-killer/

  • Greater London Authority – July 2019 – Passed a Motion calling for the end of the use of glyphosate and other herbicides on the all GLA controlled areas including TfL.

https://www.sustainweb.org/news/jul19_glyphosate_london/

  • Frome, Somerset – September 2019 – Banned the use of glyphosate and moved to pesticide free methods.

https://www.frometowncouncil.gov.uk/update-ftcs-decision-glyphosate/

  • Chichester, West Sussex – September 2019 – Committed to phasing out pesticides and trialling alternatives.

https://chichestercity.gov.uk/abd/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/227-Council-Minutes.pdf

  • Colchester, Essex – November 2019 – Committed to a glyphosate phase out period trialling alternatives.

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18033945.colchester-council-phase-use-glyphosate-herbicide/

  • Derry, Londonderry – November 2019 – Committed to phasing out glyphosate and trialling alternatives.

https://www.derryjournal.com/news/weed-killer-pesticide-ban-call-99677

  • Folkestone & Hythe, Kent – November 2019 – Committed to a one-year glyphosate phase out period trialling alternatives.

https://www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=122&MeetingId=4584 https://www.kentonline.co.uk/folkestone/news/ban-on-harmful-chemicals-which-could-creep-into-food-217744/

  • Shetland, Scotland – January 2020 – Banned the use of glyphosate and moved to pesticide free methods.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/amenity_pesticide_use_16?utm_campaign=alaveteli-experiments-87&utm_content=sidebar_similar_requests&utm_medium=link&utm_source=whatdotheyknow

  • Petersfield, Hampshire – February 2020 – Committed to phasing out pesticides and trialling alternatives.

https://www.petersfield-tc.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/2020-Pesticides-Use-Policy.pdf

  • Lambeth, London – April 2020 – Committed to a glyphosate phase out by 2021 and are trialling alternatives. Have an ‘opt out’ system for residents to control street spraying. Lambeth has ended the use of glyphosate on all the housing estates that are under its control and tree pits.

https://westnorwoodnews.com/2020/04/01/can-you-help-keep-lambeths-streets-weed-free/

  • Faversham, Kent – May 2020 – Committed to phasing out pesticides and trialling alternatives.

https://www.favershamtowncouncil.gov.uk/_UserFiles/Files/_Minutes/96339-Climate_and_Biodiversity_Committee_18.05.20.pdf

  • Hexham, Northumberland – June 2020 – Banned the use of glyphosate and moved to pesticide free methods.

https://www.hexham-courant.co.uk/news/18508605.calls-toxic-weed-killer-banned/

  • Balerno, Edinburgh – July 2020 – Committed to a two-year glyphosate phase out period trialling alternatives.

https://www.thenational.scot/news/18593156.group-leads-campaign-make-edinburgh-pesticide-free/

  • Wirral, Liverpool – August 2020 – Committed to phasing out pesticides and trialling alternatives.

https://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/18634006.wirral-council-tests-manual-weeding/

  • Waverley, Surrey – October 2020 – Committed to a three-year glyphosate phase out period trialling alternatives.

https://www.waverley.gov.uk/press/article/642/council_ambition_to_be_pesticide_free_in_three_years

  • Hackney, London – December 2020 – Following two years of trialling alternatives, the council has committed to a ban on glyphosate on all council estates, on top eliminating the majority of the glyphosate they spray on our streets, and removing weeds in town centres by hand.

https://news.hackney.gov.uk/rebuilding-a-greener-hackney–council-estates-go-glyphosate-free-for-2021/

Restrictions

  1. Aberdeen – using hot water to reduce pesticide use http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/CouncilNews/ci_cns/pr_weedkiller_230715.asp
  2. Exeter, Devon – To start trialling alternatives to herbicides – https://news.exeter.gov.uk/alternative-methods-of-controlling-weeds-in-the-city-to-be-trialled/
  3. Derry, Northern Ireland – Unanimously adopted a Motion calling for an end to the use of glyphosate by the council. The council is now looking at and trialling alternatives. https://www.derryjournal.com/business/pink-ladies-officer-concerned-over-widespread-use-of-glyphosate-1-9008835
  4. Bury, Manchester – Has banned the use of glyphosate in public parks, schools and playgrounds – https://www.burytimes.co.uk/news/17646808.bury-council-bans-use-of-cancer-linked-weed-killer-glyphosate-used-in-parks-and-playgrounds/
  5. Cornwall – Has adopted a county wide pollinator strategy that includes trialing alternative weed control systems – https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/grow-nature/about/alternatives-to-pesticides/
  6. Croydon, London – Croydon council announced it would cease the use of glyphosate in all of its parks and green space as of February 2019 – https://www.hortweek.com/authorities-likely-follow-croydon-councils-decision-drop-glyphosate-2019/parks-and-gardens/article/1521853
  7. Lewisham, London – Is reducing its use of glyphosate – https://www.ladywell-live.org/2019/08/21/lewisham-looks-to-cut-glyphosate-weedkiller-use-in-parks-amid-concern-over-us-cancer-care/
  8. Southwark, London – Has been working toward reducing and ending the use of glyphosate for a number of years – https://www.idverde.co.uk/portfolio/chemical-free-weed-control-southwark/
  9. Rossendale, Lancashire – Has stopped using glyphosate in parks and green spaces and around school properties – http://www.rossendalenews.org.uk/council-bans-weed-killer-usage-in-parks-and-play-areas/
  10. Edinburgh – Has been phasing out the herbicide since 2015, cutting total usage from 4,560 litres in 2016 to 2,175 litres in 2017
  11. Folkestone and Hythe – District Council to stop using harmful weed killers on it land – https://www.kentonline.co.uk/folkestone/news/ban-on-harmful-chemicals-which-could-creep-into-food-217744/
  12. Farnham and Waverley District – Looking into alternatives http://www.farnhamherald.com/article.cfm?id=137310&headline=Pesticide%20petitioner%20complains%20about%20more%20spraying&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2019
  13. Wealden District – Has adopted a Motion to seek alternatives to glyphosate and other herbicides
  14. Saffron Walden – Has adopted plans to reduce the use of glyphosate https://www.saffronwaldenreporter.co.uk/news/saffron-walden-town-council-to-cut-back-on-glyphosate-1-6113327
  15. Surrey County Council – Has reduced verge mowing and spraying and is reviewing its use of glyphosate – https://www.bromleyboroughnews.co.uk/article.cfm?id=131273&headline=Surrey%20County%20Council%20reduces%20verge%20mowing%20to%20protect%20wildlife&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2019
  16. Doncaster City Council, Yorkshire – Committed to integrate phase-out plan in their climate emergency https://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/news/politics/dangerous-weed-killers-single-use-plastics-and-peat-could-be-banned-doncaster-council-fight-tackle-climate-change-2220297
  17. Burnley, Lancashire – Carrying out alternatives trials: https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/18228653.borough-wide-weedkiller-trial-set-begin/
  18. Isle of Wight County Council – Has stopped the use of glyphosate on all highways, opting for mechanial and hand-weeding https://onthewight.com/island-roads-change-approach-to-removing-weeds-from-the-highway/