Invasive non-native weeds
Non-native plants are those that have been brought in to the country by humans. A small number of these can cause damage to the environment and our health. These are called invasive non-native weeds.
For more advice on how to deal with invasive non-native weeds see GOV.UK
Invasive non-native weed control
Responsibility for dealing with invasive non-native weeds, such as Giant Hogweed and Japanese Knotweed, rests with individual landowners.
On District Council owned land:
If we find an invasive non-native weed on our land we will arrange for it to be removed by appropriately qualified weed removal contractors.
On privately-owned land:
We will try to identify the appropriate landowner as they are ultimately responsible for the weeds removal. If we cannot trace the landowner we then inform the Environment Agency (EA).
We always follow EA guidance on best practice.
Identifying invasive non-native weeds
For helpful identification guides, with detailed seasonal photographs, see the Non-native Species Secretariat website.
- Giant Hogweed - has a similar appearance to cow parsley with long, green stems which branch out into clusters of small, white flowers. However, it can grow to over 3 metres and can be identified by its purple-hued stem and leaf stalks covered in spots.
- Japanese Knotweed - the different seasons bring out different characteristics of the plant with red/purple shoots appearing from the ground at the start of spring, which then grow rapidly into canes and grow leaves.
Incidents of Giant Hogweed and Japanese Knotweed are rare in West Oxfordshire.
Report invasive non-native weeds
Alternatively call 01993 861000. Please give precise location details.