Stepping Up the War on Invasive Species

Japanese Knotweed is regarded as one of the most destructive plants in the world; the bamboo-like species has been sprouting up across the UK and Ireland in recent years.

It and other invasive alien species represent a major threat to native plants, animals and habitats, and currently costs some €261 million on the island of Ireland per year and £1.7 billion in Great Britain.

Clearing the weed from a10 acre site used for the London Olympics alone cost more than £70 million and just over a year ago the Home Office introduced new rules in Great Britain where companies who fail to control its spread – and that of other non-native invasive weeds like Himalayan Balsam – can now be fined up to £20,000

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