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Large Japanese Knotweed infestation in Northern Ireland

Invasive plant species cost UK £2bn a year!

Invasive plant species cost the UK economy at least £2 billion every year. That is according to a new report from Wildlife and Countryside Link.

The study, released earlier this year, says that dealing with such plant species, including Japanese Knotweed, adds to building construction costs. This leads to increasing flooding and damages crops.

Scientists who carried out the research are lobbying the Government to spend £6 million on …

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Illegal waste at Ridgeway Park Farm

Illegal waste disposal leads to £2m penalty

Illegal waste disposal has an environmental cost – it costs millions if you break the law.

The Environment Agency took John Bruce to court for breaching waste disposal laws. He was jailed for his environmental crimes in 2018.

Judge Nicholas Cole ruled that Bruce should pay £2,101,708 in a case brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. It is one of the biggest confiscation cases under the act. He …

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