Removal of Himalayan Balsam,
Giant Hogweed and Ragwort

Invasive weeds are a fast growing problem for landowners and managers throughout the UK. Across commercial land, areas earmarked for development, public spaces and even water courses a range of plants are taking over, growing to the preclusion of our natural species and changing the way our native landscape should look.

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Call for new Invasive Species laws

Update on proposed changes to legislation on Invasive Species. Published by MSN News, 11th February 2014.

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Article written by Jonathan Kaiman, for The Guardian weekend paper, 5th October 2013

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Invasive weeds summary


Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed is the UK’s most infamous invasive plant. It is widespread, quickly takes over huge swathes of land and is very difficult to eradicate. One piece of root, the size of a fingernail, can quickly produce a new plant.

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Giant Hogweed

Giant Hogweed has spread quickly across the UK since its introduction in the 19th century. It thrives on disturbance, producing on average 20,000 seeds in its lifetime, which are easily spread by wind, water and human activity.

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Aquatics

Exotic aquatic species are often sold in garden centres. Some have escaped into the environment where they have become pests, threatening native species. They can quickly choke waterways, block out sunlight and kill other life.

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Rhododendron

Another plant which is considered attractive in gardens, but now poses a threat in the wild, outcompeting native plants allowing very little light through and preventing other species from germinating.

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Himalayan Balsam

Himalayan Balsam is now commonplace around the UK. It grows up to 2m in height with every plant producing around 2,500 seeds per year. The seedpods throw the seeds several metres away helping the species spread rapidly.

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Ragwort

Ragwort is one of five weeds included in The Weeds Act. This means that responsibility for the control of ragwort rests with the occupier of the land. It poses a high risk to land used for grazing or forage production.

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Buddleja Davidii

Buddleja is a popular plant for the garden due to its attractiveness to butterflies. However, it has escaped gardens and now poses a threat to open ground where it can self-sow. It is often found along railways, on building sites, cliffs, wastelands and ruins.

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Knotweed
Hogweed
Aquatics
Himalayan Balsam
Ragwort
Buddleja
Rhododendron