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You can help the environment by doing simple things, such as composting excess pond plants carefully.

When it is time to prepare your gardens for the winter, you may want to tidy up your pond. Some pond plants can become a problem in the wild as they can smother our native plants, clog our waterways, worsen flooding and remove oxygen from the water which can harm fish.

Compost with care

Follow these tips when preparing your pond for the winter:

  • Remove all unwanted pond plants by hand, and then dispose of them on your compost heap or in your green waste bin. It is best not to pull out too many plants as they provide habitat and compete with algae except when you are trying to completely remove an invasive non native species.
  • Never place them in a pond or waterway. They can quickly become a problem there. Don't dump your plants in the wild. This could be illegal and the plants could damage the environment.
  • Tiny parts can re-grow, so make sure you clean your footwear and equipment.
  • Empty waste water away from streams, rivers, ponds, lakes and lochs. You can use excess pond water on your lawn or to water plants in your garden.

More information on composting is available on the Non-Native Species Secretariat website (external link).

Know what you grow

Invasive plants can take over your pond and damage the environment. Be plant wise to the threats. Information about some invasive pond plants including photographs, descriptions and how to dispose of them are on Know what you grow: Non-Native Species Secretariat website (external link).

Stop the spread

Invasive non-native pond plants are causing problems across Great Britain. Find out more information and what you can do to stop the spread by downloading our Be Plant Wise leaflet or visit Stop the spread: Non-Native Species Secretariat website (external link).

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