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The plant that dominates Britain’s railways

Canada Goose Jackets More people are buying buddleia for their gardens, but it’s classified as an invasive species and is Canada Goose Coats On Sale a problem on British railways.

canada goose coats on sale It’s hard to walk by a railway line in Britain and not see canada goose uk black friday buddleia.

canada goose clearance sale Along fences by the tracks and almost any patch of waste ground, you will notice the long, slender clumps of flowers, usually Canada Goose online lilac but also blue, deeper purple or white, at the end of long, arching branches.

BBC weather forecaster Peter Gibbs says the mild, wet winter will have improved germination and growth this year, especially in areas where water normally drains away quickly, such as derelict urban sites. “Buddleia is an opportunist that’s canadian goose jacket always ready to capitalise Canada Goose sale on any slight advantage.”

Sprouting from canada goose clearance sale seemingly every derelict building, it stakes an increasingly cheap Canada Goose plausible claim for the title of Britain’s national flower.

canada goose coats Also called summer lilac, canada goose uk shop butterfly bush, or orange eye, native to Sichuan and Hubei provinces in central China and Japan

Named after Basque missionary and zoologist, Father Armand David (1826 1900)

First introduced to Europe in the late 19th Century

canada goose deals And the plant is increasingly a favourite with gardeners. Homebase saw a 20% sales increase over the past four months compared with the same period cheap canada goose last year.

canadian goose jacket It’s popular for both canada goose coats on sale the range of colours and its butterfly attracting properties. canada goose factory sale The Royal Horticultural Society describes buddleia in all its forms as “beloved” to gardeners.

But Buddleja davidii, to give its latin name, which originated in China, is viewed by the canada goose store Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as an invasive non native species. Its “invasion history” has been charted from its introduction to the UK in the 1800s to the first record of the plant in the wild in 1922.

buy canada goose jacket Defra says the highly dispersible seed of what was originally a garden plant has resulted in extensive buddleia populations in the wild, where the canada goose black friday sale shrub has often out competed native vegetation and reduced biodiversity.

Gardeners are being canada goose clearance asked by Defra to remove seed heads after flowering to prevent its spread before it becomes “ubiquitous”.

The plant can cause damage to buildings, such as crumbling brickwork its tiny wind uk canada goose blown seeds can germinate in decaying mortar.

buy canada goose jacket cheap And the problems caused by buddleia to the management of the rail network are described by the Non Native Species buy canada goose jacket Secretariat as “significant”.

Network Rail says buddleia has a habit of growing in walls where it can interfere with overhead power lines and obscure signals. While it does not canada goose cause “serious” problems such as blocking train lines, it does have a habit of popping up in “annoying places” where removing it takes up valuable time and resource.

canada goose store The company cuts down large buddleia before removing or killing Canada Goose Jackets the stumps, sprays small buddleia with herbicide, and uses weed killing trains to keep the network canada goose uk outlet clear, while staff use portable sprayers at stations.

Canada Goose sale One would think Canada Goose Parka that the potential for nuisance might be outweighed by the benefits to wildlife, such as butterflies.

Butterfly Conservation is one of the wildlife organisations that recommends planting buddleia for its summer nectar that the creatures feed on, but admits the plant has to be treated with caution.

canada goose The charity says the plant can cause serious problems on conservation sites. It advises against planting buddleia where it may Canada Goose Outlet be unmanaged and recommends gardeners remove seed heads. “It spreads incredibly quickly,” says spokesman Liam Creedon.

canada goose clearance Buddleia has been blamed for the destruction of chalk grassland at Folkestone Warren, a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) in Kent. Kirk Alexander, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership project manager, says the prolific flowers are “impressive”, but partly as a result of their spread, only a small area of grassland now remains on the 199 hectare site, which is protected for its chalk grassland as well as its geology, wildlife and fossils.

Canada Goose Outlet “If left uncontrolled, then buddleia and other shrubs would have engulfed the chalk grassland,” he says. Clouds of butterflies used to be seen there, but now only common species can be spotted and even these are uk canada goose outlet in decline, with the rarest ones disappearing altogether.

Buddleia was eliminating butterfly habitat by killing off everything else, and while the shrub provided food for adults and larger insects, other plants were needed for butterflies in their larval stages, he explains.

Canada Goose online “If people’s gardens are on land next to an SSSI, they might want to think about what they plant and certainly don’t throw garden waste over the fence,” says Alexander.

Both Homebase and garden centre chain Dobbies emphasise they offer dwarf and ornamental canada goose coats varieties as an alternative to the buddleia types that spread easily.

canada goose black friday sale At Notcutts buy canada goose jacket cheap garden centres, senior plant buyer Colin Dale says the company still encourages customers to choose bee and butterfly friendly Canada Goose Online plants, including buddleias

Canada Goose Parka “There has been a shift from the towering buddleias that we had 20 or more years ago to new dwarf patio buddleias and compact series,” he explains. But there are plenty of other places that do sell the full size buddleia.

Of cheap canada goose uk course, the plant is only a problem when it’s in the wrong place. When in the right place, its nectar attracts insects, which in turn attract birds and bats, and the shrub’s dense thickets provide cover for foxes and badgers.

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