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:

Contact the responsible landowner or occupier and ask them to prevent any weeds that are spreading on to your land and that are controlled by law.

For further advice see: GOV.UK

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.

West Oxfordshire District Council
Elmfield
New Yatt Road
Witney
OX28 1PB