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dampflippers



Joined: 12 Apr 2005
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Location: South Tyneside England

PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:09 am    Post subject: Non native pond plant initiative- please read Reply with quote

I don't know whether you heard on the news this morning, but there is a new initiative by the government on non native pond plants.
They are highlighting how fast they grow, and what damage they can cause if they "escape" into natural waterways and ponds.
Please everyone, read about it here:
http://beplantwise.direct.gov.uk/index.html
They advise you never to dispose of them in the wild, and to compost them if you thin out your own pond so they are not spread.
Also if they are in your pond, never dispose of water pumped out of your pond into the drainage system as some species can grow from a tiny fragment which will grow in the sewage tratment works and can spread from there.

Sermon over...read the article!
They also tell you never to give away non native pond plants.

ps they don't say you "have to" remove existing plants from your own garden pond, just beware they don't "escape".
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Martin



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if it can be spread by frogs or birds in which case would it be better to compost/destroy it rather than risk it
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Kit



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't been able to watch the video (my internet connection's gone a bit slow for the last few days), but it's a timely warning anyway. These invasive species can create absolute havoc in natural environments. I don't have a pond, but I hope those who do have them take heed thanks for posting about it.
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BleuJam



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't see the the news, and although I think this is a good thing, they must be fighting a losing battle. There are lots of none native plants / animals that have taken now in the UK a the detriment of our own wildlife :/
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