BHS ROOT OUT RAGWORT WEEK
29 July 6 August 2000
Ragwort is poisonous to horses and livestock, and even small amounts can build up in the system leading to a painful and horrible death. Ragwort is classed as an injurious weed under the 1959 Weeds Act and it is an offence to allow it to spread. Each plant can produce 150,000 seeds which carry for miles, and can remain dormant for up to 20 years.
Everyone must take responsibility for clearing ragwort from their land whether it be a back yard, a motorway embankment or a 5000 acre estate. It cannot be tackled piecemeal. It only takes one irresponsible owner to allow ragwort to seed for it to reinfest a wide area.
Anyone who sees ragwort is encouraged to report it to the Ministry of Agriculture who has the power to serve clearance notices. However they are often reluctant to act. If the ragwort is on roadside verges then it should be reported to the local council, on motorways to the Highways Agencies, and on railway embankments, to Railtrack (0345 114141).
For a leaflet on ragwort and details on how to get rid of it, send a sae to
The British Horse Society, Stoneleigh Deer Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2XZ
Telephone 08701 202244