Commercial Weed control in Northants, Cambs and Beds

Alien invasive plants can be a threat to native plant species, affecting the biodiversity of the environment. While many non-indiginous plant species exist happily in the UK, usually within gardens, a few species can escape and cause serious damage to the eco-system.

Legislation exists to control the spread of Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed and it is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to plant or otherwise cause these species to grow in the wild. In addition Japanese Knotweed is classed as ‘controlled waste’ and as such must be disposed of safely at a licensed landfill site according to the Environmental Protection Act (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991. Whether garden owner or Estate manager it is important to be aware of Japanese Knotweed and your legal duty to control it.

Control of alien plant species in Northants, Cambs and Beds

The most cost effective method for eradication of invasive plant species is the use of herbicides which our qualified Agronomist/weed specialist will prescribe. Keyston Trees can undertake a one-off, or a schedule of treatments designed to remove the problem. Some plants are more resistant than others and it can take several treatments to ensure the plants do not recover. All our operatives are fully trained and qualified in the application of herbicides and we have strict risk management procedures in place to protect the public and the environment in which we work.

Organisations and individuals are becoming more aware of the serious implications of allowing non-indiginous plants to spread. However, there is still no national strategy and the requirement to act varies from county to county. The following are considered to pose a threat to either humans, animals, the ecosystem or all three.

  • Ragwort
  • Japanese Knotweed
  • Giant Hogweed
  • Himalayan Balsam

Keyston Trees also provide a weed management service for native plants which are just growing where they are not wanted, which is the definition of a weed. Paths and parking areas are very attractive to plants which enjoy the often open and sunny aspect. Spraying is often the most cost-effective solution.

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