Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

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  Digging up invasive plants

…to check any cleared areas regularly for regrowth. You can spray any regrowth with herbicide.

Digging up Himalayan balsam

To clear ground contaminated with Himalayan balsam, you may need to remove soil up to 6 metres from the parent plant and to a depth of 0.5 metres. You should not… read more

  Burying invasive plant material on site

…target="_blank">Knotweed code of practice - managing Japanese knoweed on development sites .

Soil containing Himalayan balsam and giant hogweed seeds should be buried at least 1 metre below ground level.

You must not bury anything other… read more

  Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed and other invasive weeds

…for several years before they develop. Identifying Himalayan balsam Himalayan balsam is often found on river banks, growing up to 2 metres in height. Each plant lasts for one year and dies at the end of the growing season. Himalayan balsam: * has reddish coloured stems * has dark green, lance-shaped… read more

  Identifying invasive plants



Identifying Himalayan balsam

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Himalayan balsam is often found on river banks,… read more

  Cutting and burning invasive plants

…remains toxic after the plant has been cut down. Do not leave cut stems where they could harm people or livestock.

Himalayan balsam

Pulling up Himalayan balsam within four weeks of the first flowers being seen is the most effective method of control. Do not cut the plants before they… read more

  How invasive plants spread

…sunlight, resulting in painful blisters which appear up to two days after contact and may reoccur for several years.

How Himalayan balsam spreads

Himalayan balsam plants can produce around 2,500 seeds each year. The seedpods open in such a way that the seeds are thrown up to 7 metres… read more

  More construction topics

…conservation What you must do Invasive weeds on construction sites Check your building area for evidence of Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed and Himalayan Balsam. If you spread these plants, you could be committing an offence. Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed and other invasive weeds Removing trees… read more

  Nature conservation and affecting public rights of way in construction


Check your building area for evidence of Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed and Himalayan Balsam. If you spread these plants, you could be committing an offence.

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  Spraying invasive plants with herbicide

…target="_blank">BASIS: Pesticide and fertiliser registration, standards and certification

Giant hogweed and Himalayan balsam both drop large quantities of seeds. A control programme will need to continue for several years, with checks carried out… read more

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