App to combat invasive weeds

GARDENERS in South Yorkshire are being urged to use a new mobile phone app to report the presence of problematic ‘invasive, non-native’ plant species.

PlantTracker has been created by the Environment Agency to ‘gain a comprehensive picture of the presence of invasive non-native species across the region’. Users are asked to submit geo-located records of their sightings on an iPhone or android device.

It will help efforts to tackle problem plants such as floating pennywort, Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed and Himalayan balsam.