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IDENTIFICATION, TREATMENT & REMOVAL

INVASIVE WEEDS UK

We identify, treat and remove common (and not so common) invasive plants such as Bamboo, Rhododendron, Ragwort, Variegated yellow archangel and Giant hogweed, as well as water weeds such as Parrot’s feather, Nuttall’s waterweed and Azolla. We also have a team and bespoke equipment dedicated to large scale management of amenity weeds. Browse our directory below.

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FREE IDENTIFICATION

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stop the spread

Legislation and government directives place a growing emphasis on the need to control the spread of invasive plants in the UK. Environment Controls is all about helping businesses and people to learn about biosecurity measures that must be taken on sites with infestation.

Whilst not all invasive species are harmful to man or the environment, most will require some level of control, or even complete eradication. We use a range of specialist treatment methods, each one chosen to give the best short and long-term solutions to any weed problem, and with the least impact on the diverse ecosystems.

PROTECT BIODIVERSITY

According to the World Conservation Union, invasive species are the second most significant threat to biodiversity after habitat loss. Invasive species can cause extinctions of native plants and animals, competing with native organisms for limited resources, and altering habitats. Currently there are nearly 200 known species of non-native invasive weeds growing across the country, causing significant issues for land owners, homeowners and the construction industry as well as affecting the use of amenity areas, highways and public open spaces. Aquatic invasive weeds continue to be a growing concern, with waterways being affected by overgrowth of out-competing invasive species. We must limit the damage by taking control.

toxic species

Some terrestrial species such as Giant hogweed and hemlock have extremely high toxicity levels, causing harm to humans and wildlife if touched, disturbed or ingested. Other native invasive species such as Common ragwort which has its own Ragwort Code of Practice, contain chemicals that are harmful to livestock, and Horsetail if ingested by horses can be fatal. Our field operatives are experts at spotting and handling these noxious weeds. Keeping health & safety front of mind at all times is key to protecting the public as well as our staff, who continuously undertake training to ensure that when applying treatments they follow the BASIS code of practice. We also provide external CPD style training on identifying species.

the importance of identification training

Some species, such as Common ragwort and Hemlock water dropwort are highly toxic, causing health and safety issues for our teams and proving fatal to some livestock. For these reasons, training our teams is extremely important. Whilst we do provide online modules that all staff (even office based) must undertake, training for noxious species is best done out in the field with demonstrations of how to carry out treatment safely.

In this blog we explain the importance of onsite training. Our Specialist Advisory Manager Darren goes onsite to train one of our surveyors on how to deal with Ragwort.

Take a look at our training services, delivered online or face-to-face:

TRAINING SERVICES

weed removal by excavation

Discover why this method is so effective for certain weed species

Accreditations