London-based West Six and North One Garden Centres have stopped selling weedkiller Roundup after pressure from customers. The decision will see them become two of the first retailers in the UK to follow several European retailers that have withdrawn glyphosate-based products. Owner Beryl Henderson said customers’ concerns about reported health risks associated with the active ingredient glyphosate had led to both the garden centres taking the product off their shelves in June. North One local authority Hackney Council has come under pressure to ban herbicides, from a group using petition website 38 Degrees to lobby for action. It stated: “The Hackney mayor (Jules Pipe) also claims that there is no point banning the council from using Roundup if it is still available in garden centres. We plan to lobby local retailers and ask them to stop selling Roundup.” It continued: “PAN UK, starting with Brighton and Hove, wants to see a radical shift in thinking about pesticide use in towns and cities across the UK with the ultimate goal of the complete cessation of their use.” The campaign has the support of local groups including Brighton Breast Cancer Action and the Brighton & Hove Organic Garden Group. PAN UK said local campaigns are also emerging in Falmouth, Camden and Newcastle, as well as Hackney. Glyphosate was classified as “probably carcinogenic” in March.
In our Shire. For sale at Mitre Ten. Australian Greens Acting Leader Senator Larissa Waters expressed the Greens’ deep sympathies to the family of Felicity Wishart who passed away on Sunday night, and paid tribute to her legacy as one of Australia’s leading conservationists.
“Our planet has lost a great champion and we mourn for her,” said Senator Waters.
“Felicity Wishart was a leading light in the conservation movement. She was part of every key environmental reform in Queensland in the past 15 years, as coordinator of the Queensland Conservation Council in the 2000s.
“She worked to stop broad scale land clearing, to protect wild rivers, and was a strong and courageous voice for protection of the natural world.
And farewell to an inspirational Environmentalist.