Abbots in Transition are calling on the local councils to stop using glyphosate (a suspected carcinogen that is used in the weedkiller ‘RoundUp’), and to pursue other measures of weed control that encourage bio-diversity.

Examples of alternative methods are:

  • Leave the grass to grow and treat like a hay meadow
  • Actively plant wildflowers
  • Allow so-called weeds to grow in the grass. They look pretty and have a beneficial effect on soils and the ecosystem.
  • White vinegar, soap and salt mix
  • Mulching
  • Hand weeding
  • Strimming
  • Boiling water
  • Alcohol
  • Grazing animals – goats, ducks and hens are great weed clearers.
Ban Glyphosate and encourage bio-diversity instead.