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What can the Council do about weeds?

The Council cannot do anything to prevent the spread of weeds.

WEEDS ACT 1959

WILDLIFE AND COUNTRYSIDE ACT 1981

According to DEFRA, it is only the Secretary of State that can serve an enforcement notice on a land owner to take action to prevent the spread of the weeds outlined in the Weeds Act 1959.

The five injurious weeds in the Weeds Act 1959 are:

Common Ragwort, Spear Thistle, Creeping of Field Thistle, Broad Leaved Dock and Curled Dock.

Additionally, Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed are dealt with under provisions in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. However, this Act may also not be enforced by Local Authorities.

You are advised to contact the Environments Agency and/or DEFRA if you have problems regarding these two weeds.

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