Invasive and problem weeds often spread rapidly, degrading the biodiversity and wildlife value of an area. Once established they can be difficult to eradicate, particularly in sensitive habitats. We have over 35 years Invasive Weed Management experience and have developed rigorous programmes for their control. There is no ‘silver bullet’ treatment, but LanGuard VM have the knowledge and the experience to put together smart invasive weed management plans, that meet our customers needs. Why not contact us to see if we can help you?
It is the infamous Japanese Knotweed that can grow through tarmac and concrete destroying our urban infrastructure, which has grabbed the headlines and most people know as an invasive weed. As with most weeds an understanding of the ecology and a sensible approach can solve most invasive weed problems, even Japanese Knotweed!
LanGuard VM is a leading specialist vegetation management business, providing a well respected and reliable service to our clients throughout the UK, from our regional bases.
Our experienced team of professionals will work with you to develop a suitable invasive weed management plan tailored to meet your needs, whether it is a carefully targeted herbicide spray in an environmentally sensitive situation or a large multi functional, time critical project on development land.
There is an ever increasing list of invasive species in the UK, though compared to other countries, we have been relatively lucky that the list has not been a lot longer. The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 has been amended over the years, but Schedule 9, the section that includes invasive weeds, has dramatically increased in the most recent amendments. The current list of non-native invasive weed species, listed in Schedule 9 – March 2015, has reached 50 or more species. Some of the categories have been expanded, for instance Japanese Knotweed is now listed alongside Giant Knotweed and Hybrid Knotweed. However, other familiar species remain on the list Giant Hogweed, Himalayan Balsam and Rhododendron and there is there is an ever longer list of aquatic plants included as well.
Ragwort, though a native species, is worthy of inclusion in this section; its toxicity to grazing animals is such that it boasts new UK Invasive Weed Legislation detailing its control – The Ragwort Control Act 2003. Common Ragwort is not an a non native invasive species, but is often described as an Injurious Weed, as it is listed in The Weeds Act 1959.