21 April 2000

Get ragwort now is CLAcall to arms

THE Country Landowners Association is stepping up its campaign to tackle the spread of the poisonous weed ragwort by encouraging people to tackle it now rather than later.

"Now is the best time to dig it out – roots and all – while the ground is soft or spot spray it, then dig it out. Dont wait until summer and the yellow flowers to appear as by then its too late and the ragwort is seeding," said spokeswoman Debbie Munford.

The association will also seek to educate people about the problems of ragwort by handing out leaflets at agricultural, equestrian and trade shows this summer.