The Association of Green Councillors (AGC) has highlighted Glastonbury & Street Green Party’s members in their national review of ‘Green Councillor Achievements – Changing the way councils think 2014-2016’
Glastonbury’s Green Councillors feature at the top of the list of ‘Firsts’ – “celebrating Green solutions are cheaper and better for people”.
Featuring the Green led Town Council’s ban of chemical herbicides – proposed by Cllr Alyson Black in June 2015 – and the Council’s subsequent adoption of non-toxic weed control, the AGC website states: “Glastonbury Greens managed to implement what is thought to be the country’s first ban on chemical herbicides (for use on council owned areas). They introduced Foamstream, an eco-friendly herbicide as a replacement.”
To find out more please visit the AGC website HERE.
In 2015 – following a resolution made by Green Councillors Alyson Black and Emma George – Glastonbury became the first UK Council to ban traditional, chemical herbicides such as glyphosate. This film looks at the alternative weed-control method that Glastonbury Town Council has chosen: Foamstream.
Glastonbury Town Council’s resolution to ban chemical herbicides and use a plant-based alternative has been used as an example by both Bristol City Council and Shaftesbury Town Council in their moves to change from chemical herbicides to more environmentally friendly solutions; the Green Councillor’s initiative has been praised by literally thousands of people on social media and Glastonbury’s story has featured in articles and publications.
If you would like your Council to ban chemical herbicides – please share and re-post this video. Let’s show that there is a different way of doing things for the common good!
Town hails weed control after banning chemical from Horticulture Week (29 April 2016).
‘Weed out the cancer risks’ Glastonbury bans glyphosate – 18th June 2015, Central Somerset Gazette.
Glastonbury Town Council has banned the herbicide glyphosate from being used on all publicly-owned land in the town.
Green Councillor Emma George said “Many Glastonbury residents became concerned about the herbicide following an assessment of its carcinogenicity by the International Agency for Research on Cancer – the specialised cancer agency of the World Health Organization – who classified glyphosate as probably carcinogenic to humans in March 2015”.
Cllr George and fellow Green Cllr Alyson Black have been holding talks with Mendip District Council, the Landscape Group, and Weedingtech – the makers of the non-toxic weed-control ‘Foamstream’ – to look at trialling an alternative approach to glyphosate herbicides.
‘Changing how town tackles weeds’ – glyphosate article – 27th August 2015, Central Somerset Gazette.