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  • 15 Apr 2024
    BCG Newsletter April 2024

    See the attached PDF document

  • 13 Oct 2023
    BCG Newsletter - Asulam: UPL Support Withdrawn

    UPL, the manufacturers of asulam, have announced today that a decision has been taken to cease further work on a permanent solution for the use of asulam. UPL's letter confirming this is attached.

    Having only been announced this morning, the full implications of this decision have yet to be evaluated. However, it is clear that without the support and evidence that UPL would have provided, the application for an emergency authorisation to allow the use of asulam in 2024 cannot succeed; therefore, an application will not be submitted. This will mean that there will be no asulam (Asulox) available for bracken control in 2024 and beyond.

    This is disappointing news, but the bracken threat is not going away, and without the controlling influence of asulam, it is likely to increase.

    The meeting for the Sector Representatives of the Bracken Control Group will still be held on 31st October and it will provide an opportunity to discuss what happens next in relation to bracken and its control. A cross-sector workshop / seminar / conference could be considered to allow all views to be aired.

    Your feedback about this development will be welcomed. The news will also be announced over the BCG's new social media channels. Twitter / X: @GroupBracken Instagram: @groupbracken

  • 29 Sep 2023
    BCG Newsletter September 2023

    See the attached PDF document

  • 12 Jul 2023
    Northern Ireland refuse permission to use asulam.

    Northern Ireland has refused to grant approval to use asulam for bracken control in 2023.

    This decision means that, as in Scotland and Wales, chemical control of bracken in Northern Ireland will not be possible and bracken control will be restricted to physical methods: cutting, bruising, trampling, pulling etc.
    The refusal letter is available on the Asulam page of the website.
    https://www.brackencontrol.co.uk/asulam

  • 08 Jul 2023
    BCG Newsletter July 2023

    Asulam for Bracken Control Update - please see the attached PDF document

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Latest News

  • A German company will be demonstrating machinery that can cut bracken on steep slopes and it can also be operated by remote control.
  • A meeting of statutory nature conservation bodies, and others with related interests such as the heritage environment, was organised by Natural England, in York, to consider the control of bracken on designated sites in the current regulatory climate.
  • Asulam will be available for bracken control in 2015.
  • End of the use-up period for Asulam. Holding of a stock of Asulam is no longer authorised.
  • Representatives of the Bracken Control Group met near York.
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