Guidance

Injurious weeds inspection

Information for landowners about inspections carried out when there have been complaints about injurious weeds spreading on to other agricultural land.

Who gets inspected

Rural Payments Agency (RPA) inspectors visit landowners (including farmers) when their land is reported to have injurious weeds spreading on to other agricultural land.

Natural England will send you a letter telling you about the complaint. You’ll be given 28 days to respond or clear the weeds, or 14 days during June, July, August and September.

What gets inspected

Land which is the subject of a complaint relating to the presence or spread of injurious weeds.

Time and length

Inspections are usually done between May and October, the growing season for weeds, and take from 1 to 4 hours.

Two visits are usually needed, or more if clearance action is needed.

What happens next

If you do not take any action, an adviser from Natural England may visit to inspect your land. They may issue a clearance notice and action may be taken to clear any injurious weeds present.

Further visits will be needed if clearance action is necessary. There may be inspections the following year.

Published 12 January 2016