A draft Emergency Authorisation (EA) has been issued to allow the use of Asulam during the 2020 season, but this will apply to application by helicopter only. Application from hand-held or ground-based equipment will not be authorised. See the Asulam page for more detail.
Also, for aerial spraying the required buffer zone against surface water bodies will be increased from 50m to 90m. This will increase the area of bracken that cannot be sprayed significantly.
Briefings 2020 is a series of briefings that set out the information provided with the EA Application and the concerns being expressed by the bracken control industry to the restrictions contained in the draft approval.
It has been agreed that an additional application will be submitted to set out justification for amending the current draft approval. This will be submitted in early April 2020. Details will be added to the Asulam page and promulgated in a Newsletter (sign up on the Updates page).