We're phasing out glyphosate treatment for routine weeding of all Lambeth’s streets from October 2021. We're committed to addressing the climate emergency and our commitment to reduce our environmental impact and make sure Lambeth is a place people want to work, live and invest in is clearly set out in the Borough Plan. We listen to residents’ concerns and act where we can and where we know it will make a difference.
Some residents have raised concerns about the use of glyphosate to treat weeds in Lambeth. While we're certain that the amount we use and the way it's applied is safe, we know that there is controversy about the environmental and health impacts. Given our commitments to tackling the climate and ecological crisis, we want to act responsibly and are therefore responding to these concerns by:
- ending glyphosate treatment for routine weeding of all Lambeth’s streets from October 2021
- reducing applications of glyphosate from three to two per year in 2020 and 2021
- giving residents the option to remove their street from the schedule for glyphosate treatment in 2020 and 2021 if they commit to weeding the street themselves
We’re doing this because we believe in taking the right steps to protect the planet. Some residents have already been working with us to trial other methods of weeding in their streets and we encourage others to join in. We welcome all applications from residents who want to step up and support this new approach to reduce glyphosate weed treatments before they are phased out in October.
Do it online
We recommend that you sign up by the end of April ahead of the first glyphosate spray which is scheduled to take place in early May. However, the form will stay open through the summer for further applications ahead of the final spray scheduled for late August-early September
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
The priority at this time remains your wellbeing. If you need to contact your neighbours please do so via email, phone or other non-direct methods in line with government instructions to practise social distancing.
We'll continue to review and update our instructions in line with the latest government advice on social distancing when it comes to organising the weeding of your street.