A number of plant species are listed under Part II of Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, meaning it is an offence to plant or otherwise cause these species to grow in the wild. Part II of Schedule 9 includes species such as:

•  Japanese knotweed
•  Himalayan balsam
•  Giant hogweed
•  Cotoneaster
•  Rhodedendron
•  Montbretia
•  Giant rhubarb
•  Japanese rose
•  New Zealand pygmyweed
•  Waterweeds

We can also treat other invasive species that aren’t listed under Schedule 9, such as buddleia and Russian vine. At UES we have experienced ecologists who can identify invasive species, and who hold a PA1 and PA6 qualification for hand held applications of pesticide, including near water.

There are strict guidelines on the application of pesticides near water. Our ecologists can prepare and submit the necessary forms, including AqHrb01, to secure permission from the Environment Agency.

If you don’t have enough time to eradicate the plant by systemic herbicide, we can excavate the area and remove the plants and contaminated soil from site.

For more information on the laws surrounding invasive plants, please click the below link: