There are many reasons why controlling bracken is important, from preventing the loss of habitats and safeguarding public health, to aiding efforts in conservation and agricultural practices.
Bracken can be hard to control but there are many effective methods available. As of 13th October 2023, Asulam remained to be the main recommended bracken control herbicide however, for 2024 and beyond, this method of control is no longer an option. Previously it had been made available since the 2013 season by annual licences granted in response to applications submitted to the authorities by the BCG. See the Asulam page for more details.
Alternative methods for chemical control are increasingly important to investigate and with hopes to the future, this will be undertaken. Physical methods of bracken removal are also for consideration depending on personal circumstance - Control Policy Options and the Control Programme pages may aid in further direction.
Briefings cover a range of bracken control issues and are regularly updated.
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