Weedingtech launches non-herbicide trial across industry sectors

The company behind a hot water and foam weed killer has launched a trial of its product with six companies - representing the amenity, recreational, grower, agricultural and environmental sectors.

Weedingtech has chosen grounds maintenance contractor Quadron Services, Yeo Valley Family Farm, South West Water, South West Lakes Trust and fresh produce company G’s to undertake the Foamstream trial.

Foamstream kills weeds using a precise application of the non chemical mix which its makers say has been developed in consultation leading botanists and technical experts. It also claims it does not drift as some chemicals do.

Quadron Services will put Foamstream through its paces in the London Borough of Southwark’s parks and cemeteries, including Southwark, Burgess and Dulwich parks, and pass on insights and data about the product’s performance.

Contract manager for Quadron Services’ Southwark Terry Burns said: "Foamstream is an exciting alternative to traditional weed control solutions and we look forward to exploring the benefits that its herbicide-free credentials will bring to Quadron and its clients."

Foamstream is currently sold in eight European countries, with sales driven in many by a ban on herbicides.

Weedingtech chief operating officer Leo de Montaignac said: "The weed control challenge is all about shaking things up and showing the UK that there is an alternative to herbicide-based weed control and that it’s as or more effective.

"We’re delighted to be working with a group of such high profile organisations who share our vision to help bring herbicide-free weed control into the mainstream. We’re looking forward to hearing their opinions on Foamstream."

Weedingtech has recently backed a campaign by fashion designer and campaigner Katharine Hamnett demanding her home borough of Hackney, London, stops using glyphosate herbicide.

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