Churches urged to sign up to 'pesticide-free pledge'

First published 17th November 2015

Churches across Bristol are being urged to join a campaign to stop the use of weed killers which could harm those who work and play nearby.

Pesticide Safe Bristol Alliance has launched a scheme to cut the use of the chemicals in public spaces.

Itis now looking for churches to sign up to its 'pesticide-free pledge'.

The grouphas already gained backing from a number of groups in the city, including Friends of the Earth Bristol, Incredible Edible Bristol, and the Bristol Food Network.

Among those all ready on board is PlaySafe Bristol, a group of local families working towards a healthier environment for all who live, work and play in the city.

Founder member Harriet Williams said: We are asking schools, churches and health centres to disclose their existing patterns of pesticide use, and consider substituting non-chemical alternatives if they are not doing so already.

The goal is to show community support for reducing pesticide use, to celebrate best practice and demonstrate that pesticide-free weed control is already going on right here in Bristol.

The Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Mike Hill, has given his backing to the appeal.

He said: This is a worthy cause. I think there is some evidence that these things are harmful - particularly for children and family pets - and especially nitrate based pesticides.

To find out more, visit Pesticide Safe Bristol Alliances Facebook page.

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