FAQ – What is the Government’s Invasive Non-Native Species Strategy?

On 28 May 2008, England, Scotland and Wales launched a coordinated strategy to reduce the threat to Britain’s native biodiversity from invasive non-native species.

The GB Non-Native Species Secretariat is the focal point for non-native action by the English, Welsh and Scottish administrations.

Specifically, for Himalayan balsam, on 6 April 2010 Himalayan balsam was included under Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, thus making it an offence to deliberately allow the plant to grow in the wild.

You can also access a report on the economic impact of non-native species on the economy of Great Britain.