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Town goes pesticide free as numbers of pollinators plummet

BRIDGWATER has joined other towns around the country in adopting a ‘pesticide free’ policy.

The policy will apply to all areas owned, controlled or managed by the town council.

A council spokesperson said: “Under the new policy all use of glyphosate and other chemical weed-killers and peat based compost will cease.

“In order to promote re-growth and regeneration of natural biodiversity, the council will also operate a ‘no mow May’ in areas that are not required for reasons of safety, maintenance of rights of way.”

Cllr Kathy Pearce, the council’s Climate Portfolio Holder, said: “I am particularly proud that we have taken this step and adopted the policy promoted by Pesticide Action Network UK in recognition of the threat to our wildlife and biodiversity.

“A 2017 study revealed a 76% decline in flying insects since 1990 and pollinators, such as bees, are struggling particularly badly. They are vitally important because we rely on them to pollinate plants to produce our food.

“Habitat loss and large-scale pesticides-use in the UK has meant that wildlife and pollinators increasingly seeking refuge in our towns and cities.

“It is therefore vitally important that we do what we can in our towns to play our part in reversing this worrying decline. We hope that by taking this step, we will encourage others to do the same.”

The town council is also developing a Climate Emergency Strategy to be adopted later in the year.

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