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The council should stop using glyphosate

18 November, 2021

Illustration by John Sadler www.johnsadlerillustration.com 

• FOR many years I have been begging Camden to stop using glyphosate weedkiller, also known as Roundup, in the parks.

It is beyond belief that a council which has declared an environmental emergency is still using this pervasive and deep-spreading poison.

Several years ago I wrote to point out that the worms were dying all along the parts of my garden next to the fence into my local park, St Martin’s Gardens.

This autumn both hellebores (Christmas roses) and echiums (a fantastic picturesque plant) have both started to die in the parts nearest the park fence. And the poison now seems to be getting further into the rest of the garden via the root systems of these plants.

The Royal Horticultural Society confirms that glyphosates are highly toxic to hellebores, and also says that Roundup and similar herbicides continue to spread through the soil.

Please can Camden walk its talk about creating green jobs and let our parks have more gardeners and fewer chemicals?

AMANDA SEBESTYEN
Bayham Street, NW1

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