Weed control company wins £250,000 to bring alternative to chemical herbicides to market

An award-winning eco-minded weed control company has secured £250,000 to help it bring weed-control products to parks teams and crop growers.

Image: Foamstream
Image: Foamstream

Weedingtech won the cash from the Low Carbon Innovation Fund, supported by the EU, for products including Foamstream, which won an award for design at this year’s Saltex and an innovation gong at the Lamma agriculture show.

Chairman Alexander Goldsmith said his products used hot water, steam and foam as a commercially viable alternative to chemical herbicides. Natural foam, made of plant oils, acted as a thermal blanket that penetrated weeds to rupture cells and kill.

"This funding will allow us to build on the success of Foamstream and help us promote its adoption as a high-quality environmentally-friendly product that can be used for managing weeds in public open spaces and on agricultural land."

The Low Carbon Innovation Fund is a venture capital fund supported by the European Regional Development Fund and match funding from the private sector. It is managed by merchant bank Turquoise International.

Turquoise director Francis Wright said: "Turquoise and the Low Carbon Innovation Fund are committed to ensuring funding is made available to help companies on their journey to commercial success.

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