Invasive, non-native plants
In Britain approximately £1.7 billion is spent every single year on trying to tackle the problem of invasive non-native species.
We believe the actual cost is far greater as the ‘indirect costs’, such as damage to ecosystem service provision, are not accounted for. And then there's the damage to our wildlife and waterways: millions of pounds are spent clearing them from congested ponds and rivers with delicate rare water flowers such as starfruit (Damasonium alisma) pushed to extinction.
So why are certain species so harmful?
- They out-compete our native flora for light, space and nutrients
- They can reduce the light and heat reaching lower-growing plants
- They alter rates of nutrient cycling, or (in freshwater habitats) cause large changes in the amount of oxygen available
All of which can be harmful to other plants and animals. Such damage can be irreversible and destroy many of our national natural treasures. In fact, 30% of the UK's Important Plant Areas have been found to have invasive species in them.
Stopping the sale of invasive water plants will end future infestations of garden ponds and the inevitable breakouts into our countryside.
What should I do if I have invasive non-native plants in my garden?
Whilst many invasions in the countryside start as a result of people disposing of unwanted plants, there are ways you can prevent this from happening. Download our PDF for our professional advice.
Invasive, non-native plants and the law.
There are laws surrounding invasive non-native plants. Did you know, for example, that dumping unwanted plants in a local stream or woodland - is an offence? Download this PDF to find out more.
Banned invasive plants
A guide to banned non-native, inasive plants in the UK and some suggestions for safer alternatives.