Monday 13 May sees the start of Invasive Species Week 2019, which is all about raising awareness of invasive non-native species and the simple things people can do to prevent their spread.
Invasive non-native species can harm the environment, are costly to the economy and can even pose a risk to human health. For example Japanese knotweed can cause structural damage to buildings and giant hogweed contains a sap which can be harmful to people. Both these plants and many others such as Himalayan balsam also threaten our native wildlife.
Hosted by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, The New Forest Non-Native Plants Project is helping to stop the spread of invasive non-native plants. Japanese knotweed and giant hogweed are controlled by professional contractors but if you would like to play your part in controlling invasive non-native plants, why not volunteer to pull up Himalayan balsam along river banks this summer?