Bracken

Y Fan Wen

Member
Location
N W Snowdonia
Latest news 13/5/21:

'The Bracken Control Group's application for an Emergency Authorisation to allow
the use of Asulam for bracken control during 2021 was considered by the Expert
Committee on Pesticides on 9th March. The application requested that the 120-day
authorisation period should start on 17th May and run until 13th September.

It is likely that an approval will be granted but discussion about the conditions that
will be attached to the approval is taking place.

Further information will be circulated as soon as anything is received from the
Chemicals Regulation Division of HSE.'


Have to be patient I suppose!
 

Y Fan Wen

Member
Location
N W Snowdonia

Approval has been granted at last. Looking at this year's conditions I have decided that it is a bust for this year myself.
Very unlikely that I will get approval from NRW in any realistic time scale so I'm not going to try. I'll leave it for next year.
These organisations need to grasp the continuous and unstoppable progress of nature and take these decisions in a timely way and not at the last minute. After all, the CRD has been reviewing this application since October.
 

Bowland Bob

Member
Livestock Farmer
When you spray with asulox does the bracken readily die or does it just go brown when the rest of the unsprayed bracken does?
 

Oat

Member
Location
Cheshire
It will not show much of an effect in the year of application as ASULOX is mainly transported to the rhizomes as the plant dies back. But in the following Spring you will see a BIG difference, the bracken will fail to emerge, and you will get very good control. A small amount of follow up spot application may be required on the odd plant which emerges.
 

Paulg4

New Member
I've seen a couple of reports showing that bracken has some value for carbon capture and since it's also got uses for composting and bedding should I learn to love it and wait for grants to grow it, or should I spend £300 on some asulox?
 

Y Fan Wen

Member
Location
N W Snowdonia

Approval has been granted at last. Looking at this year's conditions I have decided that it is a bust for this year myself.
Very unlikely that I will get approval from NRW in any realistic time scale so I'm not going to try. I'll leave it for next year.
These organisations need to grasp the continuous and unstoppable progress of nature and take these decisions in a timely way and not at the last minute. After all, the CRD has been reviewing this application since October.
CRD been reviewing this again since 1st November and still no decision.
Gibbon in his magnum opus 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire' quoted increasing bureaucracy as one of the reasons why the empire could not effectively combat the barbarian hordes.
Do we see a pattern here? Currently in throes of renewing movement of animals authorisation!!!
 

BrianV

Member
Livestock Farmer
When you spray with asulox does the bracken readily die or does it just go brown when the rest of the unsprayed bracken does?
When you spray with Asulan as it is now called be sure to use a wetting agent as well, we spray at a rate of 11litres a hectare, you will see no visible difference this year as has been said but it simply will not appear next year other than a few volunteers which you can get with a weed wipe or knap sack, Asulan will scorch grass badly if the bracken isn't very thick but it will not kill anything but bracken & docks.
 

Y Fan Wen

Member
Location
N W Snowdonia
CRD been reviewing this again since 1st November and still no decision.
Gibbon in his magnum opus 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire' quoted increasing bureaucracy as one of the reasons why the empire could not effectively combat the barbarian hordes.
Do we see a pattern here? Currently in throes of renewing movement of animals authorisation!!!
CRD excelled themselves again. Authorisation applied for in October, Granted 20th June, 10 days before period starts, so 210 days considering it, 10 days before start! Ground based application on conservation areas only with prior approval, by NRW, in Wales case. I'm not going to bother again this year.
 

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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