Are you planting invasive species in your wild green space?

Ruth Dodds (Kirklees Volunteer Coordinator) thought it would be helpful if we share information about this with our groups more widely as it is a criminal offence to plant or cause to grow a non-native invasive species that is listed on Schedule 9 in the wild which carries penalties as stated below. See our document store for the current list of invasive plants.

Invasive plants

FACT: There are 1,402 non-native plants established in the wild in Great Britain, of which 108 (8%) are stated to have a negative impact.

What UK legislation covers invasive non-native plants?

The Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) recognised the need to control certain species of invasive plants and animals already causing a problem in the UK, listing them in Schedule 9. Originally only giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) and Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) were listed. However, in April 2010 a further 36 plants were added onto Schedule 9 (see below for a download of the list). A recent amendment to the Wildlife and Countryside Act has a new provision to ban specific plants from sale. In April 2014 a ban on sale of five of the worst invasive water plants in the UK came into force. The five species banned from sale are:

Azolla filiculoides
Crassula helmsii
Hydrocotyle ranunuculoides
Ludwigia grandiflora and L. peploides
Myriophyllum aquaticum

FACT: It is a criminal offence to plant or cause to grow a non-native invasive species that is listed on Schedule 9 in the wild which carries penalties of up to £5,000 fine and/or 2 years imprisonment.

The RHS website has lots of useful information

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=530