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Are you a Retailer and want to help your customers Be Plant Wise?

Welcome to the Be Plant Wise campaign!

We all know that ponds can be a great addition to any garden and create a wonderful feature to be enjoyed all year round. However, if they aren’t cared for properly some pond plants can take over your customer’s ponds. They can also become established in the wild and cause severe damage to the environment. The Be Plant Wise campaign is designed to help you educate your customers about the problems caused by invasive aquatic plants, to encourage customers to seek your advice on the most suitable plants for their pond and to promote better pond management.

If customers choose plants that are better suited to their garden pond and take care to dispose of all aquatic plants responsibly it will help us prevent the spread of invasive aquatic plants.

The following links contains a number of items for you to use to communicate the Be Plant Wise campaign. You are encouraged to print these posters and display them prominently where your customers will see them when purchasing aquatic plants.

You may also like to guide them to the Plantlife Aquatics publication which provides suggestions for aquatic plants that are not invasive. There are also similar publications for Gardening and Landscaping without the use of non-native invasive species.

      1. Be plant wise poster
      2. Know what you grow poster
      3. Compost with care poster
      4. Stop the spread poster
      5. Staff poster

Here are some ideas on how to use these items:

  • Be plant wise poster – display this poster prominently. It will help to raise awareness of the 3 easy steps to being Plant Wise.
  • Know what you grow – this poster will encourage your customers to find out more about what species they have in their ponds and build an understanding of the need to prevent these from escaping into the wider environment.
  • Stop the Spread – will encourage your customers to do the right thing and stop the spread of invasive species.
  • Compost with care – will help your customers to do the right thing and manage any excess plant material in a manner that will not allow it to get into the environment.
  • Staff poster – this will help to educate your staff on the main issues of the campaign as well as to provide further details on some specific invasive aquatic plants.
  • Certificate of Participation – These will be issued to retailers that inform us they are participating in the Be Plant Wise Campaign. Display this prominently on your premises to show your customers you are participating in the Be Plant Wise campaign and also highlight the steps you are taking to protect our environment.


Invasive Species Northern Ireland

Invasive Species Northern Ireland