Churches across Bristol are being urged to join a campaign to stop the use of weed killers which could harm those who work and play nearby.
Pesticide Safe Bristol Alliance has launched a scheme to cut the use of the chemicals in public spaces.
Itis now looking for churches to sign up to its 'pesticide-free pledge'.
The grouphas already gained backing from a number of groups in the city, including Friends of the Earth Bristol, Incredible Edible Bristol, and the Bristol Food Network.
Among those all ready on board is PlaySafe Bristol, a group of local families working towards a healthier environment for all who live, work and play in the city.
Founder member Harriet Williams said: We are asking schools, churches and health centres to disclose their existing patterns of pesticide use, and consider substituting non-chemical alternatives if they are not doing so already.
The goal is to show community support for reducing pesticide use, to celebrate best practice and demonstrate that pesticide-free weed control is already going on right here in Bristol.
The Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Mike Hill, has given his backing to the appeal.
He said: This is a worthy cause. I think there is some evidence that these things are harmful - particularly for children and family pets - and especially nitrate based pesticides.
To find out more, visit Pesticide Safe Bristol Alliances Facebook page.