Council pledges to reduce glyphosate-based weed killer to help the environment.

Date: 
Thursday, January 6, 2022

The move comes after the Council decided to stop the use of the broad-spectrum herbicide on most council parks and open spaces.

Although scientific evidence is inconclusive, over recent years glyphosate-based pesticides and herbicides have been linked to a number of health issues in humans, causing many to question its safety.

Some studies suggest that glyphosate - used widely across the UK and Europe - does pose health risks for fish and other marine life and claims have linked the chemical to gut problems in insects.

Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Cllr Dave Sperring said: "Following the decision to reduce the use of glyphosate on council land we are looking at what alternative treatments are available.

"While there is still some debate about the full impact of glyphosate we have taken steps to greatly limit the use of this product, which is positive from both a public health perspective and to help safeguard our environment. 

"Going forward we would like to see a greater acceptance and understanding of those plants which are commonly viewed as ‘weeds,’ and change the perception of the value in supporting these essential pollinators the bees and other insects. Doing so would remove the need to eradicate such plants, leading to cost-savings and increased biodiversity, which is good news for everyone.”