Horse Society Ragwort campaign gallops on
the extremely successful BHS press conference to launch the draft
code of practice to control the spread of Common Ragwort, held at
the Royal International Horse Show last week (24 July) with Alun
Michael, Minister for Rural Affairs and Minister for the Horse,
the Society's campaign has received unprecedented media coverage.
major national newspapers, national radio, regional television and
radio and numerous local newspapers, to say nothing of the equestrian
media, have provided coverage of the campaign which is currently
enjoying high profile political attention through the BHS Private
Members' Bill and draft code of practice.
PMB provides for a statutory code of practice which will be admissible
in evidence and the draft document, launched at the press conference
by Alun Michael, will provide a strategy and guidelines for landowners
and occupiers to comply with the Weeds Act 1959 in controlling the
spread of Common Ragwort seeds.
addition to the Bill and code, Defra have announced a review of
the way in which they will deal with complaints and enforcement
of the Weeds Act. Complaints will be given high priority where the
weed is threatening land used for grazing horses and other livestock,
or farmland used to produce conserved forage or other agricultural
activities and the complainant has made reasonable efforts to contact
the landowner or occupier where the weeds are growing.
chief executive, Kay Driver, said, "The BHS is delighted that
its ragwort campaign has received such high profile coverage during
'Ragwort Action Week' (July 21-27). As a result the Society has
received numerous calls from members and non-members on the subject
and we have provided an 'Action Week' information sheet which can
be used year round. Our campaign continues to grow and we look forward
to the BHS Ragwort Bill reaching the statute book, hopefully early
next year, followed by publication of the code in readiness for