Invasive plants

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:
DEFRA
17 Smith Square,
London,
SW1P

Tel: 0345 933 5577
Email: enquiries.southwest@defra.gsi.gov.uk

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