Protecting the environment from invasive plant species

When carrying out construction activities, it is important to consider the impact this may have on the local, natural habitats of wildlife and plants.

It is vitally important to protect and preserve the natural environment, as much as possible.

To deal with invasive plant species on your site you could do the following:

  • Have a site specific induction highlighting plant species and their locations on site;
  • Fence off areas affected by invasive plant species on site;
  • Create an invasive species management plan;
  • Put up posters in cabins showing what the invasive plant species look like and what actions should be taken to deal with them once identified;
  • Dig deep burial sites for Japanese Knotweed;
  • Provide full body PPE where Giant Hogweed has been identified as the sap can be harmful if in contact with the skin or eyes;
  • Liaise with neighbours regarding plants growing on shared boundaries.

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Monitors' Environmental Newsletter, Spring 2015


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