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Harmful Weeds and Invasive Non-Native Plants

Prevent the spread of harmful weeds and invasive, non-native plants that can harm livestock and the environment

You must do the following to control specific plants:

  • Prevent invasive non-native plants on your land from spreading into the wild and causing a nuisance.
  • Prevent harmful weeds on your land from spreading on to a neighbour's property.

It is important to identify them so you can control them in the most appropriate way. You could be fined up to £5,000 or be sent to prison for up to 2 years if you allow contaminated soil or plant material from any waste you transfer to spread into the wild.

Harmful Weeds

The following weeds may be a danger to animals, or cause problems for agricultural production if left to spread unchecked:

  • Common ragwort
  • Spear thistle
  • Creeping or field thistle
  • Broad-leaved dock
  • Curled dock

Further information on harmful weeds.

Invasive, Non-Native Plants

You must not plant in the wild or cause certain invasive and non-native plants to grow in the wild. The most commonly found invasive, non-native plants include:

  • Japanese knotweed
  • Giant hogweed
  • Himalayan balsam
  • Rhododendron ponticum
  • New Zealand pigmyweed

Further information on invasive, non-native plants

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