Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
It is important that you can identify invasive plants on your premises. This will allow you to manage and deal with them in the most appropriate way.
Identifying invasive plants on a site early lets developers assess and cost options for destroying, disposing of and managing them.
Managing land infested by invasive plants in a timely and appropriate way can avoid:
Japanese knotweed begins to grow in early spring and can grow in any type of soil, no matter how poor. It can grow as much as 20 centimetres per day, and can reach a height of 1.5 metres by May and 3 metres by June. It does not produce viable seeds in the UK, but instead spreads through rhizome (underground root-like stem) fragments and cut stems. Japanese knotweed:
You should take great care when identifying giant hogweed. Contact with the plant, particularly the sap, can lead to severe blistering and scarring.
Giant hogweed closely resembles native cow parsley or hogweed. It can take four years to reach its full height of 3-5 metres and flower. Giant hogweed:
Himalayan balsam is often found on river banks, growing up to 2 metres in height. Each plant lasts for one year and dies at the end of the growing season. Himalayan balsam:
Other species of invasive plants in the UK include:
Brewing and Distilling Technical Drop-in Day: Waste, Water, Energy, Brewing and Distilling is booming due to high demand for quality Scottish beers and spirits. All this growth is also leading to a boom in food waste, energy and water use.
How farmers can best manage air quality and ammonia levels, Advice for farmers on managing ammonia levels, while also looking at their environmental responsibilities regarding air quality. This blog has a particular focus on Northern Ireland.
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