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How Foamstream can be used to reduce herbicide use in management of Green Flag Award parks and open spaces and notably enhance the quality of outdoor spaces across your municipality.

  • Client: Vale of Glamorgan Council
  • Sector: Councils and Municipalities, Tourism
  • Background: Municipality in South West Wales. Home to 130,000 residents and holder of 10 Green Flag Awards for its parks and gardens.
  • No. of machines: 1 - M1200
  • Areas Treated: Green Flag sites, country parks, open spaces, pre-treatment wildflower areas, children's play areas, hard, soft and artificial surfaces.
  • Previous methods used: Glyphosate based herbicides, pre-emergent herbicides (on suitable surfaces) and mechanical methods (hoeing, hand pulling weeds and strimming).

Problems

  • The council wanted to move away from using herbicides to control weeds and unwanted vegetation growth.
  • As holders of 10 Green Flag awards for their parks and green spaces, a key criteria of the award specifically looks at park management policies and how they look to reduce the use of chemicals.
  • As much of the work is done in public areas, the Vale needed a solution that was safe for use around people, including children and pets.

How we helped

Foamstream was part of a series of tests, carried out by the Vale's Park Department, of alternative methods of weed control. The methods included in the test were burning, weed ripping, brushing, hot water and Foamstream.

The result of the trial led to Foamstream being chosen as the herbicide-free weed control solution of choice based on easy of use, high efficacy and its suitability for a much wider range of surfaces than any other the alternative methods.

Foamstream has been in use in the Vale now since early 2018 and is used widely across the Vale in feature parks and sites. Since using Foamstream, the Vale become one of the best performing authorities in Wales for the quality of their outdoor spaces and has helped the Vale gain their 10 Green Flag awards this year.

Foamstream has helped the Vale position itself as a forward thinking, environmentally conscious council and they have received a huge amount of engagement from press, public and other organisations who are looking to them for guidance on adopting a herbicide-free alternative. these range from other members of the green flag network, through to authorities, landowners, housing and social services and the military. The Vale have also gained many additional spin-offs from adopting the system not originally considered such as it being an additional revenue stream for the council.

Foamstream is now a central part of the council's land management strategy. Watch Jon Greatrex - Vale's Parks and Open Spaces Officer talking about Foamstream here.

To read more about why the Vale of Glamorgan adopted Foamstream and the benefits it has brought, download the full case study below.

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What our Foamstream users say

"Foamstream was far and away the best herbicide-free solution we tried. It’s very safe to use in public areas. There’s no need to barrier off treated areas, and we don’t have to worry about working close to water courses, or about using the system in public areas - even around curious children or dogs. There is no need for protective equipment or specialist training, it’s very easy to use, and it works in just about all weathers – you simply turn up and treat. It’s a new way of looking at weed control in our parks and has been very well received by our park users and has become our go-to system.”
Jon Greatrex
Parks and Open Spaces Officer

Read more about how Foamstream helped the Vale of Glamorgan.

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Product Used

Foamstream M1200

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