Residents of Balerno took matters in to their own hands when it came to a harmful chemical, Glyphosate, being used to eradicate invasive weeds in their community. What started with a single request against glyphosate being sprayed outside their house, resulted in 20 other houses making the same decision. With the whole street working together to unanimously manually remove weeds than to risk being exposed to Glyphosate.

According to the International Agency of Research for Cancer (IARC) Glyphosate is said to be carcinogenic causing cancers & tumours in humans. It is already banned in Europe & now many Councils are choosing against using Glyphosate in public places.

A recent senior research Doctor in the USA has also linked Glyphosate to the massive increase in autism in children.

Every community can become Pesticide Free ‘Wildlife Trust’

This phenomenal community support has spurred other areas of Scotland to follow. A clear example of this was demonstrated by Jessica Windsor, who was inspired by the overwhelming success of the campaign ‘Pesticide free Balerno’ she too started a campaign against Pesticides usage in Edinburgh. The petition to ban Glyphosate in public areas in Edinburgh was put into action. She has since then created an awareness & education about the harmful effects of Glyphosate in in humans, animals & insects in the environment.

This phenomenal community support has spurred other areas of Scotland to follow. petition to stop Edinburgh spraying Glyphosate on our city’s streets has been the inspiration for a similar campaign in Balerno and fledgling movements in Portobello.


Jessica Windsor began the Pesticide Free Edinburgh campaign. She explained her view that pesticide use has multiple harmful effects on human and animal health causing environmental pollution.

A ground breaking new alternative non-chemical treatments are available.

Japanese Knotweed Agency is the first and currently only entity that offers a non-chemical Thermo-Electrical treatment against Japanese Knotweed. Delivering up to 5000 volts directly to the weed stalks and crowns, sends a massive destructive shock throughout the weed effectively boiling it in situ and it should decompose and leave no trace. It may take several treatments as would chemical treatment, but with thermo-electrical treatment, the ground is left 100% safe and chemical free. Treatment does not affect the ground or land or other foliage next to the treated weed.

Japanese Knotweed Agency will now offer this service across England and Wales throughout 2023 and beyond.

Treatment of weeds such as Japanese Knotweed can now be done safely, and without the use of Glyphosates, protecting our environments and the health of children and adults and wildlife, and is a massive step forwards that has been needed for decades in line with Europe.



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