Archive for August, 2006

Plant Invaders – are they in your neighbourhood?

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

Help Plantlife this summer by looking out for three of the UK’s most destructive plant invaders! Your support will help them to understand the extent to which our gardens and countryside are under threat.

Imported plants can be fast growing and can quicklybecome invasive in the countryside. They can damage natural habitats, out-competing native plants and blocking up ponds and rivers. Most problem species have escaped from gardens and some are still sold in garden centres. Controlling and eradicating them is hard work and can cost millions of pounds.

Plantlife’s Plant Invaders Survey asks you to look out for three of the UK’s most invasive plants: Japanese Knotweed, Indian Balsam and New Zealand Pigmyweed. They are keen to know what type of habitat has been invaded (e.g. woodland) as well as the approximate number of plants.

Plantlife are campaigning to ban the sale of the most destructive plant invaders. Please visit their website for more information about the survey and the problems of invasive plants: If you would like to receive a postcard to complete, please email them or phone 01722 342755.

How to take part:
Tel: 01722 342755
Website: (an online survey form and further information are available)
Write: Plantlife International – The Wild Plant Conservation Charity, 14 Rollestone Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 1DX.