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Let's Talk Weeds

In March 2021, Full Council passed a motion agreeing to produce an action plan on the elimination of the use of herbicides in weed killing and produce a wider strategy for biodiversity in the city. 

Since March 2021, we have: 

  • Stopped the use of chemical herbicides in cemeteries
  • Stopped the use of chemical herbicides in Green Flag Parks
  • Reduced the use of chemical herbicides on soft surface areas (open spaces, formal parks, play areas, shrub beds, signs, fence and tree lines)
  • Created wildflowering areas in the following areas:
CastleHendonSt Peters
Hylton Castle Exterior Grounds 
Hylton Dene 
Townend Farm Community Centre
Cliff TopsSt Peters Church Grounds 
Roker Park
Barnes Park ExtensionsNorth Hylton Road 
Bunny Hill
Patterson Road 
Bone Mill Lane 
Rickleton Park 
Raby Road
Doxford ParkKier Hardie Way 
Cato Street
Wildflower meadow
FulwellSt Michaels 
Fishermen's Cottages
Dovedale Road
Shields Road
Backhouse Park 


  • More plans to complete a meadow in Herrington Country Park in March and on a bank side in the Grasswell area in Houghton

We're now starting some further pilots which will test different methods of weed control so we can understand what works best in different environments. Your feedback will be vital to help us understand how we shape this approach across the city.  

Our pilots will be taking place in: 

  • All play areas across the city
  • Six formal parks across the city (Burn Park, Hetton Park, Barley Mow Park, Thompson Park, Silksworth Park, Princess Anne Park)
  • Six cemeteries across the city (Minster Park, Hetton Closed Cemetery, Sunderland Cemetery, Mere Knolls Cemetery, Donwell Closed Cemetery, Bishopwearmouth Cemetery)
  • Tree pits across the city (Norfolk Street, East and West Bridge Street Fatfield, Grangetown bus depot, Thompson Road, Charlton Road, Station Road, Rickleton Village, Durham Road) 

Keep an eye out for these catchy signs identifying our pilot location:

Let's Talk Weeds






We are piloting a range of different forms of weed control in different areas across the city. To help us understand how we prioritise our resources around weed control we'd like to know your views on the levels of weed coverage in different areas. We will collate the responses and use these to inform our activity going forward. 

Let us know your thoughts

Let's Talk Weeds feedback form

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