An Emergency Authorisation (EA) was issued on 14th April 2020 to allow the aerial application of Asulam during the 2020 season. A further authorisation was issued on 9th July to permit some application from hand-held or ground-based equipment. See the Asulam page for more detail.
Also, for aerial spraying the required buffer zone against surface water bodies has been 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 existing approval.