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Native & non native plants on river bank

James271James271 Posts: 5
I am lucky enough to have a river at the bottom of my garden, and I am trying to tackle Himalayan Balsam invasion. I want to plant some alternatives to combat this, but I do not want to plant any non native species. Can anyone suggest some plants, or even better a reputable supplier that I may be able to source from that is environment agency approved? 


  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Posts: 1,089
    edited April 2019

    You must find out which permissions and licences you need to maintain, repair, build or remove anything in or around a watercourse. This includes:

    • creating or changing a mooring, mill, fence, dam, weir, bridge or culvert
    • changing the banks
    • removing material from the bed

    You’re responsible for getting the permissions and licences you need. You may get a fine or go to prison if you don’t do this.

    Talk to the local environment agency I help maintain our rivers as part of a fishing syndicate and we require permission to do any work at all on the banks or in the river, better safe than sorry.

    This will help.

    "You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
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