If you sell:

  • Eichornia crassipes (water hyacinth)
  • Lagarosiphon major (African elodea or curly waterweed)
  • Cabomba caroliniana (Carolina Fanwort)
  • Lysichiton americanus (skunk cabbage)

then you need to act now because all four of these could disappear from your shelves in the early part of next year.

Email your local MEPs to lobby on your behalf as the EU Invasives Regulation list of plants/animals of EU wide concern is to be finalised at a meeting in December.

Find details of your local MEPs here and there’s an example of what you could write here (links to a Word document).

These plants are worth millions of pounds to the industry. Can you afford to lose the income they generate?

If we lose plants like water hyacinth and Lagarosiphon when they do not pose an issue in the UK then we believe this sets a dangerous precedent and further species will join this banned list. We do not object to plants being banned from sale when they pose a genuine problem in the UK and OATA told its members not to sell five pond plants for many years before DEFRA finally issued a sales ban in 2013.

If you want more information on this read our response to DEFRA on this matter.