Helping you to Deal with Ragwort: Find your Toolkit
There has been an enormous amount of publicity about the danger that ragwort poses to horses (and livestock), yet every year the BHS responds to dozens of enquiries reporting horses grazing in fields infested with the yellow flower.
Our Work On Ragwort and Horses
We work hard to raise awareness on the issue of ragwort and we strive to educate horse and landowners of the dangers ragwort poses to grazing animals. Among our notable successes was the instrumental and essential role that the BHS played in the instigation of the Control of Ragwort Act (2003).
In 2014 we worked in association with Defra to research and help the equestrian world deal with ragwort effectively and proportionately. You can read more about it here.
Our Ragwort Toolkit
The toolkits were produced as a result of the 2014 survey (details above) to help provide more support to horse owners and landowners.
For horse owners and landowners, it can be extremely frustrating when you spend hours of time and money keeping your pastures and forage production land clear of ragwort, but are being affected due to the spread of ragwort from neighbouring land. Use our Ragwort Toolkit for advice on who is responsible and how to resolve issues with neighbouring landowners. It also provides advice on how to safely and effectively remove and dispose of ragwort.
Identifying Common Ragwort
Need help checking if a plant is common ragwort? Take a look at our guide.
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This innovative tool supports the BHS’s work on controlling the spread of ragwort on to high risk land (horse/livestock pasture and land used for forage production) and is ideal for lifting ragwort from the roots as part of paddock and garden maintenance. It also effectively removes other typical nuisance weeds therefore reducing the need for harmful chemicals. It is strong yet lightweight with a comfortable T Grip handle and has a unique head design and sharpened prongs for easy ground penetration. The fork works in the hardest of soils and is effective at digging out ragwort rosettes and fully mature ragwort plants.
Further Information On Ragwort
The BHS Welfare Department provides free advice and advisory literature on the control and dangers of ragwort. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 02476 840517.
The BHS does not advocate blanket removal of all ragwort. The plant plays a significant role in biodiversity, providing a habitat and food for many types of insect, plus pollen for bees. Ragwort has an important place in the British ecosystem in areas away from livestock and horse grazing or forage production land, and should only be removed from high-risk areas.