Be plant wise

Invasive aquatic plants can damage our ponds, waterways and the environment.

Be plant wise and don't dump aquatic plants in the wild.

The Be Plant Wise campaign, launched by Defra and the Scottish Government, is designed to raise awareness among gardeners, pond owners and retailers of the damage caused by invasive aquatic plants and to encourage the public to dispose of these plants correctly. The Horticultural Trade Association, Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association, Royal Horticultural Society, and wild plant conservation charity Plantlife are all supporting the campaign.

We have developed resources with advice for gardeners and pond owners and are working closely with retailers of aquatic plants to provide information in stores. These pages contain the detailed information you need to Be Plant Wise.

Campaign videos

Icon - video play button Watch the Be Plant Wise video presented by Charlie Dimmock
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Icon - video play button In Scotland Roseanna Cunningham, Scottish Minister for Environment, launches the campaign
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Logo - 2010 International Year of Biodiversity

By helping to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic plants you are also helping to improve biodiversity. Be Plant Wise is pleased to support the International Year of Biodiversity this year. Visit 2010 International Year of Biodiversity website.

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