Filling in the short form below will instantly give you a set of contact details for experts who can help you with advice on problems with invasive weeds (Japanese knotweed etc). You will be provided with their full contact details, all within less than a second, and you will then be able to contact them directly to discuss your situation in more detail.
Filling in the short form above will instantly give you a set of contact details for experts who can help you with advice on problems with invasive weeds (Japanese knotweed etc). You will be provided with their full contact details, all within less than a second, and you will then be able to contact them directly to discuss your situation in more detail.
What are ‘invasive weeds’
Invasive weeds ‘are either native plant species that grow well in disturbed or nutrient-enriched conditions, to the detriment of other plant and animal species, or non-native plants that have been introduced to this country by accident or as a consequence of trade or deliberate collection. The latter tend to grow in situations where native plants of similar form do not’. Extract taken from an Environment Agency leaflet entitled Managing Invasive Non-native Plants
Non-native plants cause more damage than native plants they are also more difficult to eradicate.
When non-native invasive plants become established they can have cause serious damage to the ecosystem such as flooding, threaten or endanger native species.
Which plants are classified as invasive?
Currently there are 7 non-native plants listed by the Environment Agency, these are Japanese knotweed, Giant Hogweed, Himalayan Balsam, Australian Swamp Stonecrop, Parrot’s Feather, Floating Pennywort and Creeping Water Primrose,
What is an Invasive Weed Report?
You will need to discuss your requirements with the contractor you have chosen but usually the report would involve a site visit, identify the plant, assess the damage or potential damage and make recommendations for eradication. Invasive weeds have to be disposed of in accordance with Environment Agency guidelines.
When do I need to get an invasive weed report?
You are responsible for looking after the land you occupy. If you suspect there are non-native invasive weeds on this land, it is recommended you seek professional advice. http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/wildlife/default.aspx is a link to the section on the Environment Agency website that gives lots of information about non-native invasive weeds. There are also colour photographs of each of the plants.
The 1959 Weeds Acts lists five weeds that are particularly harmful to certain animals or humans. They are: Common Ragwort, Spear Thistle, Creeping or Field Thistle, Broad Leaved Dock and Curled Dock. If you occupy land (you don’t have to own it) you could be served an enforcement notice if you do not take action to prevent the weeds from spreading.
http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/wildlife-management/weeds-act-1959/ for more information about injurious weeds.
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