Environmental management – guidance

Code of practice on how to prevent the spread of ragwort

This publication was withdrawn on 12 April 2016

This statutory Code of Practice remains an active and relevant document, used by both government and stakeholders. It has been retained for reference purposes as it provides detailed information on how to prevent the spread of ragwort.

You can read our current guidance on preventing harmful weeds and invasive non-native plants spreading.

This code applies to Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) and all subsequent references to “ragwort” in this code refer to “Common Ragwort”.

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The code aims to define the situations in which there is a likelihood of ragwort spreading to neighbouring land where it will then present an identifiable risk of ingestions by vulnerable animals, and to provide guidance on the most appropriate means of control, taking into account both animal welfare and environmental considerations.

This code applies to Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) and all subsequent references to “ragwort” in this code refer to “Common Ragwort”. This code applies to England only (although a separate code applies in Wales).