Posted: Wednesday 15th May 2019
This week is invasive species week. The non-native species secretariat is working across the country to raise awareness about the environmental, economic and public health risks associated with invasive species.
To support this initiative the Countryside and Rights of Way team at Hertfordshire County Council have prepared a one-page summary of useful information to help gardeners and allotment owners contribute to preventing the spread of invasive species.
Invasive species pose a significant threat to Hertfordshire’s environment and green spaces, which in turn results in a serious financial burden to public finances, while some invasive species are also detrimental to human and animal health, causing skin conditions and respiratory problems. Invasive species can enter and spread across the country very quickly via a number of routes, however research has found many introductions can occur through plant cultivation in domestic gardens. Consequently Hertfordshire’s gardeners and allotment owners can help reduce these threats as stewards of the environment.
This initiative forms part of the work that the Countryside and Rights of Way team is doing through its Tree Health Network through which it is working with partners to prevent the spread of pests and disease effecting Hertfordshire’s trees and woodlands www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/treehealth.