Ragwort: Guidance on the disposal options for common ragwort (PB11050)

The need to control ragwort

Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) is a specified weed under the Weeds Act 1959. It contains toxins, which can have debilitating or fatal consequences if eaten by horses and other grazing animals2.

Ragwort may need to be controlled when its presence and the likelihood of it spreading to neighbouring land poses a risk to horses and other grazing animals or land used for the production of forage.

The Code of Practice provides practical advice on identifying the risk and the most appropriate means of control.

The safe and effective disposal of ragwort is an important part of ragwort control. Disposing of ragwort responsibly reduces the risk of further spread by seed dispersal and regrowth from root sections.

Early and effective control of ragwort will minimise the problems of disposal please refer to the Code of Practice on how to prevent the spread of ragwort.

2 Poisonous Plants in Britain and their effects on animals and man (MAFF RB161)
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