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.

Glastonbury: A pesticide-free case study
Lewes - A Pesticide-Free Case Study
Bristol - pesticide-free case study
Brighton and Hove - a pesticide-free case study

Pesticide/glyphosate restrictions and bans around the UK
(April 2020)

Bans/phase out commitment

  1. Brighton and Hove – In May 2018 Brighton & Hove Council voted unanimously to ban the use of glyphosate and move to pesticide free methods https://new.brighton-hove.gov.uk/news/2019/council-promises-be-pesticide-free-2022
  2. Hammersmith & Fulham – The London Borough has decided to go pesticide free and is now trialing non-pesticide methods. This makes it 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
  3. Bristol – In January 2019 the council adopted a Motion to phase out all herbicide use over the next three years – https://www.bristol247.com/news-and-features/news/council-pledges-to-phase-out-toxic-weed-killer/
  4. Glastonbury – Council votes to stop the use of glyphosate https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1131627070200447&id=204401476256349&substory_index=0
  5. Frome – the local council has banned the use of glyphosate – http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/weed-killer-linked-to-birth-defects-and-kidney-failure-banned-by-town-councillors/story-29517271-detail/story.html
  6. Shaftesbury, Dorest – The Council has banned the use of glyphosate – http://thisisalfred.com/green/new-shaftesbury-council-urged-to-make-climate-breakdown-top-priority/
  7. Trafford, Manchester – Green Party councillor Dan Jerrome, seconded by Lib Dem councillor Jane Brophy, secured a unanimous victory to phase out the use of Glyphosate-based weed killers over the next year. https://trafford.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/03/31/trafford-commits-to-banish-the-use-of-glyphosate-herbicides/
  8. Lewes District, Sussex – Lewes District has worked with its contractor to switch to non-chemical weed control in areas under its control – https://www.weedingtech.com/blog/how-uk-councils-benefit-from-using-foamstream-in-their-boroughs/
  9. Lyme Regis – Has banned the use of glyphosate – http://lyme-online.co.uk/news/lyme-regis/council-to-ban-carcinogenic-roundup-weed-killer/
  10. Wadebridge, North Cornwall – Has ended the use of all herbicides and declared itself pesticide-free – https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/media/41192249/wadebridge-q-and-a.pdf
  11. GLA – In May 2019 the Greater London Authority passed a Motion calling for the end of the use of glyphosate and other herbicides on the all GLA controlled areas including TfL. The need to reduce the use of herbicides is also contained within the London Environment Strategy published in May 2018 – https://www.sustainweb.org/news/jul19_glyphosate_london/
  12. Highland council – voted to phase out glyphosate in 2018 – https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6608093/Highland-1.pdf
  13. Petersfield town council, Hampshire committed to phase-out in 2020
  14. Cambridge, Cambridgeshire- voted on a motion to phase out pesticides https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/restricted-use-of-herbicides
  15. Colchester, Essex voted to phase out pesticides in 2019- https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18033945.council-set-phase-use-glyphosate/?fbclid=IwAR1YbUq708ed1MAb-zLHLoiq7MOn26j6EPKwXp9iVLG-2ExR6XEZFfS3Tr8
  16. Lambeth , London– Lambeth has comitted to phase out herbicides in 2021 https://westnorwoodnews.com/2020/04/01/can-you-help-keep-lambeths-streets-weed-free/
  17. Chichester, West Sussex have committed to phase-out and are exploring alternatives: https://chichestercity.gov.uk/abd/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/227-Council-Minutes.pdf
  18. Midlothian Council – agreed in June 2019 to stop using glyphosate on council-owned land, except against invasive species such as giant hogweed and Japanese knotweed
  19. Faversham, Kent– agreed in May 2020 to phase out the use of herbicides

Restrictions

  1. Erewash – Erewash Borough Council has stopped using glyphosate weedkillers containing polyethoxylated tallow amines (POEA), or tallow, which, some evidence suggests, is toxic to human cells and amphibious wildlife http://www.nottinghampost.com/Erewash-Borough-Council-axes-use-allegedly-toxic/story-27998299-detail/story.html#ixzz3sbbW27LD
  2. Balerno, Edinburgh- committed to two year trial period of zero pesticide use https://www.thenational.scot/news/18593156.group-leads-campaign-make-edinburgh-pesticide-free/ 
  3. Aberdeen – using hot water to reduce pesticide use http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/CouncilNews/ci_cns/pr_weedkiller_230715.asp
  4. Exeter, Devon – To start trialling alternatives to herbicides – https://news.exeter.gov.uk/alternative-methods-of-controlling-weeds-in-the-city-to-be-trialled/
  5. 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
  6. 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/
  7. 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/
  8. Hackney, London – Has dramatically reduced its use of glyphosate with a view to a completely phase out of use, but hasn’t committed to this yet. They are currently running a year long pilot study on not using any alternative to replace it. – https://news.hackney.gov.uk/hackney-council-use-of-glyphosate/
  9. 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
  10. 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/
  11. 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/
  12. 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/
  13. Edinburgh – has been phasing out the herbicide since 2015, cutting total usage from 4,560 litres in 2016 to 2,175 litres in 2017
  14. 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/
  15. 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
  16. Wealden District – Has adopted a Motion to seek alternatives to glyphosate and other herbicides
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Burnley, Lancashire – carrying out alternatives trials: https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/18228653.borough-wide-weedkiller-trial-set-begin/