Is Cotham’s glyphosate-free trial working? New survey from Pesticide Safe Bristol Alliance 

Six months into Bristol’s trial of glyphosate-free weed control in Cotham, the Pesticide Safe Bristol Alliance has launched a survey asking local residents what they think. Bristol City Council is currently using vinegar sprays as a substitute to the controversial herbicide. The short online survey allows residents to say whether this method is working, and what they think of non-toxic weed control in general.

The Alliance formed in 2015, and aims to end the routine use of potent chemical weed killers in Bristol’s streets, play areas and parks. PSBA members include the Bristol Food Network, Bristol FoE, the Sustainable Food Trust and several community parks and growing schemes.

Glyphosate is the world’s best-selling herbicide, its use so widespread that it commonly shows up in urine, rainwater and breastmilk. However, a number of British towns and cities are choosing to stop spraying it in densely populated areas, after the World Health Organisation labelled it a ‘probable’ carcinogen.

“Despite strong public support in Bristol for a city-wide glyphosate ban, the Council’s efforts to date can only be described as half-hearted,” says Harriet Williams, a spokesperson for the PSBA. “The trial is restricted to a single ward, and moreover does not involve any of the more credible weed control technologies out there.”

Hundreds of European towns and cities already restrict glyphosate as part of wider pesticide-free policies, including several in the European Green Capital family. Bristol City Council is expected to review the success of its trial in Cotham soon.

More information on the Pesticide Safe Bristol Alliance website: http://www.pesticidesafebristol.org

Follow the campaign on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/PesticideSafeBristolAlliance/

And if you live in Cotham, take part in the survey at: http://bit.ly/2cFxcrG