Council slammed for spraying beach with glyphosate weedkiller

A council has generated a backlash on Twitter for warning bathers to exercise caution after it sprayed a beach with a controversial herbicide.

Wirral Council announced on Friday that weed killer spraying on Hoylake Beach was complete. It said: “The beach can be used as normal but we ask that visitors take note of the signs advising people to exercise caution and refrain from picking vegetation until the end of August.”

This led to scores of tweets condemning the use of glyphosate-based weed killer, which the council acknowledges may be harmful to human health and reduce biodiversity.

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