New measures to tackle Japanese Knotweed and other invasive species
New measures have been put in place to control and eradicate invasive plants, such as Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed, and invasive animals, such as American mink and grey squirrels, from the Scottish environment.
The Scottish Government sees these invasive species as a threat to the environment, to the economy, to health and to the way we live. A clear example of this threat is demonstrated when developments are delayed, or grind to a halt, on the discovery of Japanese Knotweed on premises.
The new measures allow various bodies to enter into agreements with owners and occupiers of land, and make orders, requiring steps to be taken to control or eradicate invasive species.
The relevant legislation and a Code of Practice include the introduction of species control agreements (SCAs) and species control orders (SCOs).
For further information visit http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2012/07/non-native02072012