War declared on invasive plants that cost Britain £2.7bn a year
They sneak in along coastal creeks or are carried by the wind. Some escape from garden centres, others are borne by waterbirds. The invading horde of alien plant species has been identified as the second-greatest threat to Britain’s wildlife after climate change.
Every habitat is feeling the impact of invaders, and they are spreading because of climate change. Simon Ford, the National Trust’s nature conservation adviser said: “Until a few years ago holm oak was only recorded on the South Coast, now it has reached the Cotswolds.
The dastardly Holm Oak seems to have reached Fife in 1728..
St Mary's quad | University of St Andrews
The quad is dominated by the holm oak - Quick Time Fly Around, if you don't believe me...