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Invasive weeds

The Nature Conservation Minister has announced initiatives to crackdown on the illegal introduction of alien plants into this country - but is this too little too late?

Many voracious plants are already here and causing major problems. Their control and eradication needs to be carefully planned, monitored and managed to ensure the existing situation of their overpowering invasion is met full on and stemmed.

It is already illegal to plant Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed which strangle and suffocate other (native) flora, but a ban on many others is also needed; plants such as Himalayan Balsam, Floating Pennywort, Crassula helmsii andAzolla filiculoides now common to water and river banks, but also Rhododendron ponticum, an evergreen weed, which grows densely and quickly, smothering many plants that is very difficult to control. 

There are many, mainly non-native, plants not covered by the Weeds Act 1959 which are still considered to be invasive. The following are perhaps the most widespread:

  • Japanese knotweed
  • Giant hogweed
  • Himalayan balsam (a particular problem for river bank erosion)
  • Rhododendron
  • New Zealand Pigmyweed

It is not an offence to have these plants growing on your land or in your garden, and there is no legal requirement to control them. However, it is an offence to cause those listed in Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to grow in the wild.

Contact Crown Facilities Management Ltd. on 01743 817613 for assistance with the control or elimination of Invasive weeds on your property. 



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