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Invasive Species Week 2018: Lord Gardiner helps to tackle floating pennywort!

26 March 2018

Invasive Species Week 2018: Lord Gardiner helps to tackle floating pennywort!
Reports of floating pennywort in our rivers and lakes have reached a record high with 50 tonnes of the invasive plant being removed from the River Thames by the Environment Agency in 2017.

Fast-growing plants like floating pennywort can spread into the wild if they are not properly disposed of when removed from garden ponds ponds. Be Plant Wise has handy tips for gardeners on how to prevent this from happening.

Today Lord Gardiner, the Biosecurity Minister, visited Little Britain lake, Hillingdon, tohear about the work being carried out to prevent this plant from spreading further in the River Colne.

He saw new signs being put up to encourage fishermen and boaters to Check, Clean, Dry their equipment and clothing to avoid spreading invasive species.

Lord Gardiner said:

Invasive species pose a real threat to our country’s native plants and animals and cost the economy at least £1.8 billion a year.

The Check, Clean, Dry campaign is playing a key role in raising awareness of these threats – helping to prevent new arrivals and stopping the spread of invasive species already here. It is great to see the whole community of river users supporting this programme to protect the future of our precious native species.

See a clip from the visit on BBC iPlayer. Coverage begins at 3min 20.


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