Non-native plants occur outside their natural range due to direct or indirect introduction by humans, mainly through their use in gardens.
The vast majority of non-native species pose no threat to native plants in the UK, however, a small number are highly invasive. Invasive plants are able to spread rapidly and compete aggressively with native species to form large populations that dominate a habitat.
Invasive or potentially injurious plants on public land will be investigated by the Council and if necessary, treated.
The most common invasive plants are
- Giant Hogweed
- Japanese Knotweed
- Himalayan Balsam
- If the plants are in your own garden you may it helpful to call the Citizens Advice Bureau
- If the plants are in your garden of a council-owned property, housing services may be able to help.
- If the plants are growing along a watercourse you will need to contact the Environment Agency
- If you believe you have a problem with ragwort in a field for horses please contact DEFRA at:
17 Smith Square,
Tel: 0345 933 5577