Trafford to eradicate use of glyphosate

Trafford Council has taken its first steps to eradicate the use of glyphosate - to the delight of Friends of Parks groups and others.

The Council has taken the bold decision to significantly reduce the use of glyphosate-based weedkiller across the borough and aims to stop its use entirely in the future.

The authority will now not use glyphosate at all in parks and green spaces and has identified alternative methods to use instead – a decision that has pleased Friends of Parks groups and park users. It will now cut its use by 70 per cent across the borough trialling new treatments in residential areas.

On Monday, the Council’s Executive Committee backed the proposals to approve the reductions in glyphosate that have been trailed during 2019 and the continued initiatives to reduce and eradicate glyphosate usage across Trafford.

Cllr Steve Adshead, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Air Quality and Climate Change, has been campaigning to eradicate the use of glyphosate. Cllr Adshead said after the meeting:

I am delighted the committee has supported the plans to cut down the use of glyphosate with the aims to eradicate it completely. We have been working hard on alternatives to replace this treatment and our trials have proved to be very successful. We have discussed this with Friends of Parks groups who are delighted with what we have done.  

This Council is fully committed to a cleaner and greener future for all residents of Trafford and eradicating the use of glyphosate will hugely contribute to that.”

Posted on Friday 26th June 2020