Under the Noxious Weeds Act 1959 we are responsible for controlling certain noxious weeds, including ragwort. This has to be removed where it is reported as causing a nuisance to highway users or adjoining landowners.

Other invasive species being treated in Somerset are Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam and Giant Hogweed.

If you know where these may be growing please tell us and we will make sure it is dealt with in the appropriate manner.

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When you contact us, please give us the following information:

  • Your name, address and phone number in case we need to contact you
  • The location of the weeds. including the road name and parish
  • The type of weed (if you know)

Our environmental works seek to protect wildlife on roadside verges, while maintaining road safety, consistent with the Somerset Highways Biodiversity Manual.

We use an environmentally friendly non-residual weedkiller that leaves no residue after 24 hours.

Our Weedit machine minimises the amount of chemicals used by targeting weeds with a sophisticated computerised system. This has allowed us to treat more for less and is in line with our policy to reduce the amount of chemicals used in highway maintenance.