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Pulling together: Community-led weeding from Mendip District Council

Glove hands picking weedsMendip District Council (MDC) has announced that Frome has been chosen to take part in their manual weed management trials.

Volunteers are being asked to step forward and sign-up for their scheme, and MDC is to hold its first hoe-down on 26th/27th September.

The aim of these trials is to establish if MDC and the community, by pulling together, can tackle weed control without the use of glyphosate – a weed killer linked to cancer and toxic to birds and insects.

In September 2019, the MDC took the decision to stop using glyphosate. The search goes on for an effective substitute but until that time, weeding by hand (and hoe), is the way forward for Mendip.

Cllr Nick Cottle, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services at MDC, said: “When making the decision last year to ban this weed killer, we were expecting the market to provide an alternative product. Unfortunately this hasn’t happened.

“We don’t want to be in a position to have to return to using glyphosate, which is why we are asking our communities to help us with our weeding trials. We will match their efforts, with the support of our contractors IDVerde, who will also be hand weeding in town centres. We will ensure extra street sweeps are carried out too.

“Many hands make light work. Together we can ensure we are not forced to reintroduce the use of glyphosate in Mendip.”

You don’t have to be a keen gardener, or have the kit. You don’t need to be physically fit or agile either, because each group also needs cake makers, flask fillers and general cheerleaders to join in.

There are many reasons to take part in a community weeding group:

  • Enjoy an organised activity in the great outdoors
  • Learn new skills
  • Meet people, and make friends
  • Take pride in your neighbourhood
  • Improve your wellbeing
  • Banish loneliness

Want to see how quick, easy and fun community weeding can be? Check out Mendip Cllr Shane Collins’ film about the project.

And to join in the trial on 26th & 27th September, you can register on Mendip’s Community Weeding page.

Published 18th August 2020

18 August 2020
Last Updated
19 January 2021
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