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.
The following weeds may be a danger to animals, or cause problems for agricultural production if left to spread unchecked:-
Creeping or field thistle.
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:-
New Zealand pigmyweed.
Please note this legislation is enforced by Natural England/DEFRA
A complaint form is available below or you can telephone 0300 0601112
Further information on invasive, non-native plants