Go native for Norfolk
Invasive non-native aquatic plants are becoming an increasing problem within the Broads. Floating pennywort, a highly invasive aquatic, is capable of covering entire waterways, growing up to 20 cm a day! These pennywort ‘mats’ leave large bodies of water unsuitable for our native wildlife.
Floating pennywort and other invasive aquatic plants have been introduced to the Broads through the aquatic plant trade. Many of these invasive aquatic plants are still available to purchase from garden centres across the UK. The plants are then often dumped into nearby waterways when they are no longer wanted by pond owners.
The Norfolk Non-native Species Initiative (NNNSI) has launched a new voluntary accreditation scheme to promote the sale of non-invasive aquatic plants in local garden centres, tackling this problem at its source.
Plant retailers and garden centres in and around the Broads who have been awarded the ‘Go native for Norfolk’ accreditation are committed to not stocking a ‘black list’ of problematic invasive aquatic plants; including water fern, New Zealand pigmyweed, floating pennywort, curly waterweed, floating water primrose and parrot’s feather.
The scheme, funded by the Broads Sustainable Development Fund (SDF), already has six plant retailers signed up:
So if you are planning to stock your garden pond, follow in the steps of these retailers and protect the Norfolk Broads.
Go Native for Norfolk!