Invasive plants can have a damaging impact on our native biodiversity and property. CGM Group have expertise in dealing and eradicating these difficult to control plants. Landowners have a duty of care to stop invasive plants spreading onto anyone else’s property.
Since 2013 sellers have to declare if Japanese Knotweed is present on their property and if a management plan is in place. Japanese Knotweed is difficult to eradicate but CGM Group can assist in creating a management plan and taking the necessary steps to eradicate the plant.
This pretty looking green weed sits on top of the water, and can spread by 25cm a day. It forms a mat than can affect oxygen levels in the water and kill native wildlife.
This can look similar to other plants like Pignut or Cow Parsley, but generally grows taller and has thicker stems. It is now common by the side of roads and near water. You must be carefully when handling the plant as the sap can cause burns.
Himalayan Balsam is usually found near riverbanks, grows up to 2m and covers nearby plants in shade. It produces pink flowers, with seedpods that can explode up to 800 seeds a year.
New Zealand Pigmyweed
This grows throughout the year but can quickly smother native vegetation. It forms a dense mat over the water’s surface and affects the levels of light and oxygen.