Dear Environment Agency,
The plant buddleia is an invasive species across our towns and cities – especially city centres, inner urban areas, and any large open piece of untended land including railway land.
The nuisance that it causes to buildings, walls, paths and pavements, in houses, flats and historic buildings is obvious in just a few months. Many residents, tenants, occupants, owners and landlords and management companies seem to do little to limit the damage caused to their own or neighbouring properties.
Does the Environment Agency have any policy to counteract the spread of and damage caused by this pretty, bee friendly but damagingly invasive plant? Is the Agency working with local councils and other authorities and landowners to control this nuisance?
I am also asking the same question to the Department for the Environment.
20 West Albert Road
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The Environment Agency regulate the waste industry and have certain rights
and responsibilities for flood risk in England.
Invasive and injurious plants are not reportable to the Environment
Only if weeds are causing a blockage within a watercourse and flooding is
imminent would be reportable to our incident communication service on 0800
We have information on harmful weeds and invasive non-native plants on our
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It is an offence to plant or cause invasive non-native plants to spread in
the wild under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and is reportable to
the local police (wildlife liaison officer).
Landowners are responsible for the control any invasive non-native plants
on their land, but they don't have to remove it, as the natural growth and
spread is not illegal.
However, allowing the invasive non-native plants to spread onto land
outside of the ownership or control of the landowner can be seen as an
The Police and Local Authorities may take enforcement action if a
landowner causes or allows this to spread to land outside their
I have attached a link on our website of GOV.UK, that explains the action
the local authorises can take in these situations.
‘Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act: anti-social behaviour’
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a matter that will need to be forwarded to your local authorises.
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