Invasive Plant Control

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  • Giant Hogweed Giant Hogweed © Arbeco Ltd.
  • Surveying the extent of a Japanese Knotweed invasion Surveying the extent of a Japanese Knotweed invasion © Arbeco Ltd.

An invasive species can be a plant or animal that that adversely affects the habitat they invade environmentally, economically and ecologically.

Invasive species upset the balance of the ecosystem as they begin to grow faster and out-compete native species.

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) is the main legislation for nature conservation in Great Britain. “If any person plants or causes to grow in the wild any plant which is included in Part II of Schedule 9, he shall be guilty of an offence.” A new variation which came into force for England and Wales on 6 April 2010 adds 39 new entries.

Each invasive plant has its own way or ways of propagating itself and so approaches to dealing with each plant will depend on what plant it is, what danger it presents, where it is, what the land is needed for and when action needs to be taken.

We can visit your site to conduct an identification and assessment, and advise on the best course of action. We are experienced in treatment, control and eradication of many species.

The most common invasive species Arbeco deal with include:

  • Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum)
  • Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica)
  • Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera)
  • Rhododendron (Rhododendron ponticum)

Contact us to discuss your site and requirements in more detail.

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