Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Invasive non-native plants are species which have been brought into the UK that have the ability to spread causing damage to the environment, the economy, our health and the way we live.
Invasive plants are listed in schedule 9 of the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985, as amended by section 27 schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Natural Environment Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.
If you have invasive plants on your premises you have a responsibility to prevent them spreading into the wild or causing a nuisance.
You must not plant or otherwise cause to grow in the wild any plant listed on schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
If you have invasive plants on land that you own or occupy, you must comply with specific legal responsibilities, including:
You do not need to notify anyone about the invasive plants on your land. However you should record and report non-native species. See the page in this guideline: Reporting of non-native species.
Noxious weeds are native species whose productivity is considered able to cause harm to agriculture. In Northern Ireland the seven species of noxious weed are:
If you have any noxious weeds on your land, you are responsible for controlling them. You must prevent them from spreading onto adjoining land.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
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