Let’s tackle invasive species

  • Sunday 22 May 2022
  • 11am to 12:30pm

Find out by joining us for the launch of the national campaign ‘Ymledwyr Ecosystem Invaders’ on Sunday, May 22 at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

There will be a talk in Theatr Botanica at 11am when you can learn about the threat of invasive species and how gardeners can stop their spread.

Tomos Jones, of the North Wales Wildlife Trust, is giving the talk, entitled: ‘The Day of the Triffids is here! How can gardeners protect nature?’.

Tomos says: “Invasive species are considered one of the ‘top five’ threats to nature globally. There are now 81,000 different plants available to buy in Britain. Some have escaped our gardens and a few of those have become invasive in the wild.”

He added: “They can spread quickly and dominate entire ecosystems, out-competing and endangering native biodiversity. So, come along and find out how you can help thwart this threat.”

Examples of invasive species which were originally introduced into our gardens include Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera), wall cotoneaster (Cotoneaster horizontalis) and American skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus). Also the notorious Japanese knotweed (Reynoutria japonica)!

The talk is free with Botanic Garden admission. No need to book.

To find out more about the project, visit https://www.northwaleswildlifetrust.org.uk/waren