Lots of notifications regarding Floating Pennywort (Hydrocotyle ranunculoides) this month.
“Gordon” the Kingcombe Aquacare weed harvester, was directed to the Brentford area to clear up large infestations of the problematic weed.
This non-native invasive species originally from North America, has spread across the UK since the 1980s and has the potential to grow a staggering 20cm per day.
Non-native invasive species, are considered the second greatest threat to native wildlife and they cost the UK economy as a whole up to £1.7 billion a year.
By stopping the spread at an early stage, it is much more cost effective than attempting to control species once it has become established.
The Aquatractor with its moving bed and side cutters, takes no time to cut and remove the Floating Pennywort and place it in the waiting hopper barges.
Once the bulk has been removed, we would recommend careful hand removal of fragments, followed up with a herbicide application where necessary.
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