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Invasive Weeds Removal in Lancashire

Forest Management: Rhododendron & Invasive Species Control

Control of invasive non-native plants such as Rhododendron, Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed and Himalayan Balsam can be an expensive and difficult prospect. The presence of these species is generally bad for biodiversity and the conservation of native species; hence these four species are listed in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan for control.

The control of these species can truly revitalise an area bringing in new wildlife and enabling access to formerly impenetrable areas.

  • Surveys
  • Grant applications
  • Clearance Operations
  • Follow up maintenance

We provide specialist tree services for the removal, treatment and control of Japanese Knotweed.

Japanese Knotweed can become a serious problem which should be dealt with as soon as possible. We have a specialist team dedicated to the removal, treatment and control of Japanese Knotweed.

This highly invasive weed is extremely destructive and is capable of breaking apart concrete and tarmac. It is also capable of spreading over an area the size of a tennis court in one season.

The effective eradication of Japanese Knotweed requires professional assistance. We usually charge by the square metre for this service. It is therefore far more cost-effective to start your eradication programme sooner rather than later.

We have developed a number of successful and cost-effective removal programmes that comply with the Environmental Protection Act 1990 which are proven to be effective against the spread of Japanese Knotweed.

Rhododendron Control (Rhododendron Ponticum)

Lancashire Fencing controls Rhododendron (Rhododendron Ponticum) across the UK by a combination of proven methods; excavator fitted with a thumb grab head, felling and stump treatment, direct injection or pulling, dependant on the site specifics. We have undertaken several Rhododendron clearance projects in SSSI woodlands (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) over the last few years and carry out all the necessary follow-up management required to ensure effective Rhododendron control. The resulting bio-mass is dealt with appropriately according to the site requirements, and ranges from composting to burning.

Lancashire Fencing undertake follow-up Rhododendron Management to make sure Rhododendron (Rhododendron Ponticum) re-growth and seedling germination are all dealt with. We will provide re-establishment planting and site management following Rhododendron control works. For advice and consultation regarding Rhododendron Control (Rhododendron Ponticum) applications

Invasive Species Control

Lancashire Fencing will provide a solution where control of invasive species is required, we provide a cost-effective, efficient means to allow the re-establishment of desirable habitats. We provide solutions to problems of access and difficult terrain. For advice and consultation regarding Invasive Species Control please contact us

  • Rhododendron
  • Bracken
  • Japanese Knotweed
  • Himalayan Balsam
  • Scrub Species

Invasive Weed Control

Invasive weeds present a variety of problems that make them undesirable and legislation invariably prescribes their removal by the landowner. The majority dominate over indigenous species thereby removing the diversity from our native habitats, in addition to this some are also poisonous, making their removal not only desirable but essential from a health and safety point of view.

In the case of Giant Hogweed, this safety aspect cannot be stressed enough due to the extreme burns it creates. Other species dealt with include Japanese Knotweed, Rhododendron, Himalayan Balsam and Ragwort.

All projects involving weed control require a long term plan in place to control any re-growth and prevent re-infestation.


Outside the domestic environment rhododendron can become a major invasive weed, creating thick stands in a variety of habitats, thereby preventing growth and regeneration of desired local species.

Its control may vary from using excavators to grub out large areas to using winches to pull out root plates or the more traditional approach of cutting and burning the stems and then treating the stumps with a herbicide.