This guidance has been prepared to supplement the advice given in the Code of Practice on how to prevent the spread of Ragwort.
You should also read the Code of Practice
The need to control ragwort
Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) is a specified weed under the Weeds Act 1959. It contains toxins, which can have debilitating or fatal consequences if eaten by horses and other grazing animals.
Ragwort may need to be controlled when its presence and the likelihood of it spreading to neighbouring land poses a risk to horses and other grazing animals or land used for the production of forage.
The Code of Practice provides practical advice on identifying the risk and the most appropriate means of control.
The safe and effective disposal of ragwort is an important part of ragwort control. Disposing of ragwort responsibly reduces the risk of further spread by seed dispersal and regrowth from root sections.