Fingal County Council is to reduce its use of pesticides, implementing policy changes sought by Green Councillors David Healy (Howth/ Malahide) and Roderic O’Gorman (Castleknock). The trial will include both letting wild plants grow in some areas and trialling safer alternatives to conventional pesticides.
As reported to this month’s Council meeting, alternatives including steam and foam are being used to deal with weeds coming up in locations like paving cracks. Visitors to Malahide Demesne may notice the smell of vinegar which is being used as a substitute for the controversial weedkiller Glyphosate.
Commenting on the implementation of the new policy, Cllr. David Healy said: “Phasing out pesticides is vital to protect our insects, particularly the pollinating insects which have such an important role in ecosystems. Our parks and open spaces must be places where nature can thrive. Green thinking says ‘think globally, act locally’ and we are very glad that Fingal is putting this into practice.”
Cllr Roderic O’Gorman commented: “It is good to see Fingal responding to the public concerns at the use of toxic chemicals in public places. As Councillors we hear these concerns first-hand. When people visit their local parks and open spaces, they want to be confident that these are safe and healthy places, in which they can let their children play freely.”
Update given to Fingal County Council’s monthly meeting regarding the plan can be found here.
Submission from Cllr. David Healy which led to the change in policy (including some photos of non-use of herbicides elsewhere), available here.
All-Ireland Pollinator Plan available here.
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