Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
You are responsible for the plants on your property and must ensure that you control their spread according to legislation and avoid damage to neighbouring properties.
Non-native plants are those species that have been brought into the UK. There are hundreds of non-native plants in the UK. Your business may come into contact with some of the most invasive ones, such as Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed and Himalayan balsam. Invasive non-native plants can cause problems for native species and reduce biodiversity (the variety of living organisms). Invasive non-native species are now widely recognised as the second biggest threat to biodiversity worldwide. Japanese knotweed can block footpaths and damage concrete, tarmac, flood defenses and the stability of river banks. Giant hogweed can cause harm to human health.
Some native plants may require control:
This guide describes your legal obligations regarding non-native plants and invasive plants; how to identify and control invasive plants, using methods such as spraying, digging up, cutting and burning; and how to remove and dispose of them.
Relevant Business Topics:
Scottish Natural Heritage - non native species
Read about your legal responsibilities for non-native plants in Scotland
It is important that you can identify invasive plants on your premises.
Read about how to identify invasive non-native species
Read about where to go to report non-native species
Read about how different non-native species spread
Read about handling and working with invasive plants
Read about spraying invasive plants with herbicide
This page provides links to the full text of key pieces of environmental legislation relating to invasive weeds.
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
The NetRegs team at SEPA, in partnership with The Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and a number of industry bodies have produced 9 new GPPs to replace out of date PPGs. More are coming! Check the available topics
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