Six categories of ragwort currently grow in Britain. However, none threaten livestock as much as common ragwort (senecio jaceobaea). The weed may also be harmful to humans, if handled without gloves.
Although common ragwort poses a risk, it supports a number of insect species. Where possible, we hope to preserve the biodiversity of our roadside verges. Therefore, we do not carry out eradication on a large scale. However, it is our policy to carry out localised treatment where significant infestations are found on the roadside verge. This is particularly important where the spread of the weed threatens animals grazing in adjacent fields.
If you have identified a significant infestation, or are concerned about common ragwort on roadside verges:
- Please contact our customer services on 0345 678 9006.
- Alternatively, you can also report a problem online using our highways fault report form .