Plants are essential to everyone's lives. Welcome to Plantlife.

What Plantlife has been doing

1. Helping gardeners

For more than a decade, we've been working with gardeners to tackle the problem of invasive non-native plants. We want consumers to enjoy their gardens and be able to shop safely for plants. We raise awareness with retailers and consumers on how to avoid buying invasive non-native plants and suggest attractive alternatives.

  • What's in your pot? helps gardeners steer clear of the harmful impacts of invasive aquatic species. This guide also looks at how to dispose of invasive non-native aquatic plants safely and gives information on labelling of plants and how to manage ponds in general.
  • Many of our guides illustrate non-invasive plants and flowers we recommend can be enjoyed safely in your pond and garden. Click here to find out more.

2. On the ground removal

Plantlife is currently carrying out conservation work including the removal of entire-leaved cotoneaster (Cotoneaster integrifolius, also known as 'rockspray') which has encroached on the important limestone grasslands of Portland.

3. Lobbying government

Working together with other organisations and bodies, we have successfully campaigned for a legal ban on sale to be used as a preventative instrument. Whilst pleased that this regulation will apply in England and Wales, we will continue to seek its adoption in Scotland too.

4. Forecasting the future

In our 'Here today, here tomorrow' report, we carried out a preliminary assessment as to which species may become invasive in the future. A 'rapid risk assessment' was carried out on almost 600 potential invasive non-native plant species and we highlighted the species that are mostly likely to become problematic in the future. Plantlife devised this process so that species warranting a full risk assessment (a time consuming and expensive process) can be prioritised. Of the 599 plants assessed, 95 were given a 5 star 'critical' raking - meaning these 95 should be prioritised for detailed assessment by the GB Non-native Species Secretariat.

5. Working with partners

Plantlife has a long history of working with government, industry, wildlife organisations and other countryside bodies to work out practical and policy solutions to tackle the problem of invasive non-native species. In particular we have participated in government-led working groups in England, Wales and Scotland, helped create a coalition of NGOs to work together in England on invasive non native species and been involved with developing and implementing the GB Invasive Non-native Species Framework Strategy.

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