Garden plant is ‘damaging’ wood

Yellow archangel, which is illegal to plant or cause to grow in the wild, is abundant in Pond Covert in Moreton Hall''Pictured:Chair of Woodlands Ways, Nick Sibbett
Yellow archangel, which is illegal to plant or cause to grow in the wild, is abundant in Pond Covert in Moreton Hall''Pictured:Chair of Woodlands Ways, Nick Sibbett

A CONSERVATION group says it has had its work hampered by an invasive plant, thought to have come from garden waste illegally dumped on Moreton Hall.

Yellow archangel is an attractive plant, but its variegated variety has the ability to grow quickly and spread over large areas, forming thick carpets which out-compete most other plants.

Yellow archangel, which is illegal to plant or cause to grow in the wild, is abundant in Pond Covert in Moreton Hall''Pictured:Chair of Woodlands Ways, Nick Sibbett

Yellow archangel, which is illegal to plant or cause to grow in the wild, is abundant in Pond Covert in Moreton Hall''Pictured:Chair of Woodlands Ways, Nick Sibbett

The plant, which has been discovered growing in Pond Covert, is not illegal to have in gardens, but it is illegal to plant or otherwise cause to grow in the wild.

“I was surprised to see it, dismayed at the task we now have and disappointed that the actions of some of the people around here have resulted in this,” said Nick Sibbett, chairman of Woodland Ways, who made the discovery.

As the entire wood is surrounded by paths, Mr Sibbett said the plant could not have spread there naturally.

Instead, he suspects it has been transported in garden waste which people ‘occasionally and disrespectfully dump in our wood’.

“Woodland Ways will now have to expend considerable effort in attempting to remove it and won’t be able to carry out its other conservative programmes during that time,” said Mr Sibbett.