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E U to ban sales of British unregistered plants Rhododendrons too


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That is very strange - an ordinance designed to protect consumers has the exact opposite outcome.

6 Jun, 2015


I think by reading just another way of gaining more money out of us making business harder here as it states hefty fines if found selling , who gets that money

6 Jun, 2015


what can you say when you read this what are we coming to

7 Jun, 2015


I did read on new evasive banned plants. It said if authorities find them in your garden they will send some one in to dig them out, Nelly Moser , the Lavender also a puple Rhododendron were amongst them. Wish I had saved the link to it now.

7 Jun, 2015

7 Jun, 2015


But these articles were published 2013/14.

Seen on a Sky News Website:

"The EU Wants To Dig Up Your Garden

In March last year newspaper reports claimed EU inspectors were preparing to raid British gardens in order to destroy people's plants, criminalising those with rhododendrons in the process. The Commission says this is untrue and that the new rules are aimed not at garden plants but at invasive plant and animal species like Japanese Knotweed, which has damaged the Olympic stadium, hogweed and tiger mosquitoes. It says monitoring these species will be down to individual countries, not "EU inspectors" (a post which, it says, does not actually exist)."

You can decide for yourself here:
The Commission Document.

7 Jun, 2015


I'd shoot anybody who tried to dig up my plants.

7 Jun, 2015


Yes Diggifit my son has just informed me about the myths but I did see on the new banned plants was a light purple Rhododendron but not any others which I have already mentioned.

7 Jun, 2015


Lol Bathgate I thinlk a lot of other dedicated gardeners would too, unless they wanted their gardens dug free..

7 Jun, 2015


In 2006, the necessary amendments were made to the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act that meant the legislation was in place that gave Government the powers to ban the sale of invasive plants listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act. Scedule 9 was up-dated in 2010. Rhododendron ponticum is on the schedule 9 list of that date. The latest regulation of April 2014 refers to 5 aquatic plants from that list which are now banned from sale. Quite rightly too in my opinion.

7 Jun, 2015


Having read the articles again, there are two separate issues you've highlighted. One deals with the provenance of plants and breeding of new species, the other with invasive species in the UK.

7 Jun, 2015


Yes I know I have read them both also placed two seperate links

7 Jun, 2015


Come on people! These are STORIES printed in the Daily Mail and the Torygraph that include the words EU Ban - how can you take them seriously! I just wish that they were even remotely true because I would happily shoot people who harbour rhododendrons and Nelly Moser! There are plenty of plants on my deathwish list! that Iris isn't one of them though.

It is quite right that non-native invasive plants are banned - unfortunately it generally takes a long time to discover that they're invasive. Neither Japanese Kontweed and rhododendron ponticum were a problem for 100+ years while they were properly cultivated and kept in check in gardens - it was only when they were left uncontrolled that they got out of hand (bit like kids, really)

10 Jun, 2015


The ordinances are vague, dubious & flawed on many levels and will never accomplish it's aim.

11 Jun, 2015


Quote, from Bathgate (I'd shoot anybody who tried to dig up my plants.) When you've done that Bathgate send them to me and I'll mulch them in with my rhododendron.

12 Jun, 2015


Honestly, I despair of the British press, although its entirely possible the press is the same everywhere. They recycle stories all the time, exaggerating, inflating and leaving out critical bits of info about what's going on - I still haven't got over the story some years ago about the EU banning curved bananas and cucumbers, what a load of rubbish. The press will say anything frankly, and its always worth seeking out the official or scientific information that exists instead of their chinese whispers reinterpretation. Especially if its in the Daily Mail, or the Daily Recycling Bin filler, as we refer to it in my household.

Invasive alien plants are bad enough, but quite frankly, I'd cheerfully round up most story writers (I can't call them journalists, far to respectful) on these papers and get rid of them all as well.... I want information, not disinformation or misinformation...

23 Jul, 2015

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