Before you start, remember:
Refer to Identifying Ragwort
The BHS Welfare Team has a network of Welfare Officers who work in an advisory capacity.
The BHS will aim to resolve the concern by working with the horse owner/keeper or landowner. If you’re concerned about horses grazing in fields with ragwort, contact the team on:
02476 840517 or
Please note that Natural England cannot deal with complaints lodged in this situation.
The land is classified
as medium risk.
A high risk is posed to animals grazing within 50 metres of where ragwort is growing, but it's more effective if ragwort is controlled up to 100 metres from any eligible land at risk to help prevent its spread.
Discuss the risk with the landowners/occupiers. They should continue to monitor the situation and put controls in place if necessary.
The land is classified as low risk.
Consider making the landowners/occupiers aware if spread increases. It would be in their interests to take action as part of a contingency plan if necessary.
The land is classified
as high risk!
Immediate action to remove the weed from this area and control its spread must be taken by the landowner.
Defra's Code of Practice on How to Prevent the Spread of Ragwort has full details of the actions that complainants should take. Refer to points 25 and 26 of the Code.
When a potential problem is identified, the landowner/occupier should be contacted first. If the landowner/occupier fails to take any action to prevent the spread of ragwort or remove it where necessary, Natural England should then be notified.
Download a Weed 2 Complaint form and guidance
Fully completed Weed 2 Complaint forms need to be returned to: Natural England, Customer Services, PO Box 2423, Reading, RG1 6WY
Natural England will take enforcement action under the Weeds Act 1959 where ragwort poses a high risk to horses/livestock or the production of conserved forage.
The relevant parish, town or community council are responsible.
Find your Local Authority’s details at local.direct.gov.uk
Network Rail is responsible.
Contact: 03457 114141
Motorways / Trunk Roads
The Highways Agency is responsible.
Contact all HA offices using their switchboard:
But it’s still by a road
It's not by a road
Canal and River Trust
Ministry of Defence Land
Contact the local base directly
Contact the local council or private landowner
The Forestry Commission will be responsible
Contact your local office
Defra’s Code of Practice on How to Prevent the Spread of Ragwort has full details of the actions that complainants should take.
Refer to points 25 and 26 of the Code.
Fully completed Weed 2 Complaint forms need to be returned to: Natural England, Customer Services, PO Box 2423 Reading, RG1 6WY
The relevant local Highway Authority is responsible.
Find your local authority’s details at local.direct.gov.uk