Common Ragwort Removal 


Ragwort is a native species to the UK. It is a widespread and a high risk invasive plant species that significantly threaten the environment, land used for grazing livestock. As a highly toxic plant, it is crucial to address the issue of Ragwort infestations promptly and efficiently.

At Knotweed Services UK, we specialise in removing and managing invasive species, including Common Ragwort. With our extensive experience and commitment to environmentally friendly practices, we provide a comprehensive and reliable service to protect your land and risk to livestock from the dangers of this noxious weed.

We will outline our approach to Common Ragwort removal and explain why Knotweed Services UK is the ideal choice for tackling this persistent problem.

Identifying Common Ragwort

To effectively combat the invasive weed Common Ragwort, it is essential to recognise its distinctive appearance and growth habits. Common Ragwort is easily identifiable by its bright yellow flowers (daisy-like flowers) that typically bloom from June to November. The plant’s leaves are deeply lobed and dark green, with a slightly wrinkled texture. The tall, erect stems can grow up to 90 cm in height and are often reddish-purple at the base.

Ragwort has a biennial life cycle, meaning it takes two years for the plant to complete its growth and reproduction process. In the first year, the plant forms a rosette of leaves close to the ground, while in the second year, it produces characteristic flowering stems. The wind quickly disperses the plant’s seeds, enabling it to spread rapidly, germinate and colonise new areas.

The primary concern when Ragwort is present is its high toxicity, particularly to grazing animals such as horses and cattle. Ingestion of the plant can lead to severe liver damage and, in some cases, prove fatal. Therefore, it is crucial to accurately identify and remove Common Ragwort from pastures and other areas where livestock may be at risk.

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Non-compliance with these legal obligations can result in fines.

Legal Obligations

As a landowner, knowing the legal responsibilities surrounding the management and control of Common Ragwort on your property is crucial. In the UK, two critical pieces of legislation govern the control of this invasive plant:

  1. The Weeds Act 1959: This act lists Common Ragwort as one of the five injurious weeds that landowners must control to prevent the spread onto neighbouring land. Failure to comply with the act can result in enforcement action by the Secretary of State, who may issue a notice requiring the landowner to take necessary steps to control the weed.
  2. The Ragwort Control Act 2003 provides a framework for developing a Code of Practice on how to prevent the spread of Common Ragwort. The Code of Practice guides landowners, occupiers, and other stakeholders on their responsibilities and the most effective methods for controlling and disposing of Common Ragwort and preventing its weeds from spreading.

Non-compliance with these legal obligations can result in fines, penalties, and potential damage to your property and livestock. Taking the necessary steps to control and remove Ragwort from your land following the law and the Code of Practice is essential. By engaging the services of Knotweed Services UK, you can ensure that your property is managed responsibly and in compliance with all relevant regulations.

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Our Common Ragwort Removal Process

At Knotweed Services UK, we have developed a comprehensive and effective process for removing and managing Ragwort. Our approach consists of the following key steps:

  1. Site Assessment: Our experienced team will conduct an initial visit to your property to assess the extent of the Ragwort infestation. During this assessment, we will evaluate the most suitable removal method (or control technique) based on factors such as the affected area’s size, the infestation’s location, and your specific requirements.
  2. Treatment Plan: After the site assessment, we will develop a tailored treatment plan to address the Ragwort infestation on your property. This plan will outline the recommended removal method (and to control the spread), the expected timeline for the treatment, and any necessary aftercare measures to prevent re-infestation.
  3. Removal: Our team will employ the most effective removal method for your situation. The available methods include the following:
      • Hand pulling: Suitable for more minor low risk infestations, this effective control method involves manually removing the plants and ensuring the roots are extracted to prevent regrowth.
      • Cutting: This method involves cutting the plant at ground level before it produces seeds at the flowering stage, to prevent seed its ability to spread. Cutting should be repeated throughout the growing season to weaken the plant.
      • Herbicide application: For larger infestations, we recommend using a selective herbicide to control Ragwort. Our team will apply the herbicide following all relevant regulations and safety guidelines.
  4. Disposal: Proper disposal of Ragwort is essential to prevent the spread of seeds and regrowth. At Knotweed Services UK, we adhere to responsible disposal practices, ensuring that all removed plant material is handled and disposed of following the Code of Practice and environmental regulations.
  5. Monitoring and Aftercare: Our team will provide ongoing monitoring and aftercare services to ensure long-term success to control Ragwort on your property. We will regularly assess the treated area to identify any signs of regrowth and take necessary action to prevent re-infestation.

By following this comprehensive process, Knotweed Services UK ensures the effective and responsible removal of Ragwort from your property, helping you to meet your legal obligations and protect your land and livestock.

Why Choose Knotweed Services UK

When it comes to the removal and management of invasive plant species like Ragwort, Knotweed Services UK stands out as the premier choice for several reasons:

  • Experience and Expertise: Our team of professionals have extensive experience in removing and managing invasive plants, including Ragwort plants. We have the knowledge and skills to tackle even the most challenging eradications, ensuring a successful outcome for your property, preventing the spread of Ragwort.
  • Environmentally Friendly Practices: At Knotweed Services UK, we are committed to using environmentally responsible methods in all our removal and disposal processes. We adhere to the Code of Practice and follow all relevant regulations to ensure that our work has minimal impact on the environment and surrounding ecosystems.
  • Professional Accreditations and Certifications: Our company is accredited and certified by several industry organisations, demonstrating our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of service and professionalism. These accreditations assure you that our work meets or exceeds the requirements set forth by the relevant authorities.
  • Satisfied Clients: Our long list of satisfied clients is a testament to the effectiveness of our services and our dedication to customer satisfaction. We take pride in our ability to address each client’s unique needs and deliver results that exceed expectations.

By choosing Knotweed Services UK for your Ragwort control and removal methods, you can be confident that your property will be treated with the utmost care and professionalism. Our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality service, protecting your land and the environment.

To Conclude

Eradicating a Ragwort infestation is crucial for protecting your land, livestock, and the environment. When you choose Knotweed Services UK, you can rest assured that your property is in good hands. We take care of everything responsibly and comply with all legal requirements. 

Our comprehensive removal process, experience, expertise, and commitment to environmentally friendly practices, make us the ideal choice for tackling this invasive plant species.

If you need help removing Ragwort or want to schedule a consultation, please get in touch with us. We’re here to lend a hand! Our team of professionals is ready to help you protect your property and ensure the long-term success of your invasive plant management efforts.


Ragwort is generally safe to touch, as the mild toxins present in the plant can be absorbed through human skin but do not pose any significant risk to human health. However, it is recommended to wear gloves and cover your arms and legs when handling ragwort, especially for prolonged periods or if you have sensitive skin.

The best time to control Ragwort is during the early spring (February to mid-March) or late autumn (mid-September to mid-November) when the plant is in its rosette stage. It is crucial to target ragwort in its first year, as this is the most effective time for control measures. 

Ragwort contains a range of toxins, primarily pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which can damage the liver of livestock. Cattle, horses, farmed deer, and pigs are most susceptible to ragwort poisoning, while sheep and goats require a significantly larger amount of plant material before a fatal poisoning develops.

Ragwort poisoning typically occurs when livestock consumes the plant over a period of weeks or months, either through grazing on infested pastures or ingesting contaminated hay. Symptoms of ragwort poisoning in livestock may include diarrhea, jaundice, photosensitization, swelling under the skin and abdomen, weakness, and wobbling. 

To manage the poisoning, medical professionals may administer activated charcoal to help absorb the toxin and provide intravenous fluids to maintain hydration and support kidney function.

Additionally, they may use medications to control seizures, maintain blood pressure, and manage heart-related symptoms. It is crucial to seek immediate medical attention if monkshood poisoning is suspected.

The biology of Ragwort species is characterised by their ability to produce a variety of secondary plant compounds that defend them against generalist herbivores, contributing to their success as weeds. 

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