John Wilson raises questions on the Newcastle City Council’s use of glyphosate to destroy weeds in and around Kingston Park and Newbiggin Hall. He apprehends council’s intention since the reported use of the harmful chemical hampers the growth of other vegetations around where it’s sprayed. Equally unsafe it is for the fertility of jungle area.
They spray all along fences, and the weedkiller kills off all the plants along there. They are also very fond of spraying around trees. With repeated spraying, the soil becomes practically infertile. For the treated patches to fully recover, I think it would take two or three years.
Says John Wilson, an ardent nature photographer.
Countering the assault:
The Council has already clarified its stand in excepting the Ascot Walk area of Kingston Park. Countering it still further, head of localized services, Jan Garill says that the “weed killing free-zone” is perfectly free of damage.
Wilson backs his stance:
Still, Wilson makes a noticeable move in capturing the damage through some photographs depicting sections of barren soil around trees and the maltreatment of flora and fauna. Wilson suggests the use of trimmer so that the toxic chemical should not pollute the natural habitat of numerous wild-creatures like butterflies and beetles. Now, it would be interesting to know whether the council pays heed to his counsel or plainly sidelines it.