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Council steps up battle against unsightly city weeds

The latest round in the battle to tackle the growth of weeds on roadsides and footpaths in Swansea has been completed.

Cutting weeds

The council launched a crackdown on the perennial problem after weeks of sunshine and showers boosted the unsightly pests' growth-rate.

And now weedkiller teams have completed their treatment of the menace in council wards around the city and are waiting for their work to take effect.

Cllr David Hopkins, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Transportation, said: "Communities around Swansea have been reporting the problem to us and we've taken two approaches - one has been to pull the weeds in some of the worst areas and the other has been to treat them with weedkiller.

"As any gardener will know there's a delay of about two weeks between the time the herbicide weedkiller goes down and the time the weed itself actually dies away. But after the treatment has done its work we will be going back to scrape away the dead weeds as an added measure to prevent re-growth next year."

Teams have been out and about over the last week and will be continuing their battle with the weeds on highways and by-ways for the rest of the summer and into the autumn.

They've been joined in the battle by the council's Neighbourhood Environment Action Teams (NEAT) and by the probation service, who have engaged young people on community service orders to pitch-in as well.

"This summer, weeds have particularly benefited from the perfect growing weather of sunshine and showers," said Cllr Hopkins.

"That kind of weather is bad news for us as well because, as every gardener knows, rain washes weed-killer off vegetation and it's meant we haven't been able to treat as many areas of the city as we'd normally do.

"The normal growing season for weeds ends in October and council teams will keep up the work beyond that time to help prevent weed re-growth next year as well."

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