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    Bramble Removal & Control

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    The overview

    Common Name: Bramble
    Latin name: Rubus fructicosus

    In Detail

    • Seeds are spread by birds and animals that feed on the fruits throughout late summer and early autumn.
    • The long arching stems are covered in hooked thorns making it a good scrambler.
    • Brambles will thrive in most soils and are shade tolerant.
    • Brambles are important for a range of animal species, providing cover year round, as well as pollen and nectar for insects, and a food source in autumn to birds and mammals.

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    We have a long track record of managing some of the most complex sites in the country and have worked with the Environment Agency on several large flood alleviation projects, as well as providing advice to the majority of house builders and developers in the UK.
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    Habitat & Distribution

    • Brambles can be found throughout the UK, it is a native species commonly found on waste grounds, scrublands, hedgerows, woodlands and gardens.

    What’s the problem?

    • Brambles can quickly spread creating dense stands which outcompete other species.
    • The plant can spread by seed but also via stems which take root when the tip of the stem reaches the ground, producing new aerial shoots.
    • Brambles can be invasive and mature stands are difficult to eradicate.


    • Bramble is a scrambling species, which produces arching thorny stems which can grow up to 2.5m in length.
    • The leaves have jagged edges with five to seven oval leaflets.
    • Flowers are present from May to September, the delicate flowers are white or pinkish in colour.
    • Fruits appear from September onwards and are first green in colour turning red and near-black as they ripen.

    Control Methods

    Mechanical Control

    Strimming is effective at removing the surface growth however it is likely that areas will grow back and repeated cutting may be required to control growth.

    It is possible to dig out the bramble but efforts should be made to remove as much of the root mass as possible as roots have the ability to regenerate from below ground level.

    Chemical Control

    Cut stems can be painted with a suitable herbicide to prevent regrowth. Folia application can also be made to the plant over larger areas between spring and autumn when the plant is actively growing.

    Care should be taken in the Bird Nesting Season not to disturb or damage bird nests as this is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

    If you would like a quotation for control, please contact one of our specialist surveyors. Treatment costs start from £380.00 + VAT.


    Where we have worked

    We operate nationwide with a Rapid Response Team on standby 7 days a week, to deal with the most urgent client enquiries.

    We’re a dedicated team of professionals who share a great deal of experience. We invest heavily in the continual training of all our employees, ensuring you always have a highly qualified team working on your project with the latest industry accreditations.

    Our process

    1. Identify

    Our first step is to identify if you have an invasive plant. For a quick ID, you can send us some photos. Alternatively, we can carry out a full site survey to confirm the extent of the infestation.

    2. Solution

    We will provide a range of treatment options individually tailored depending on your site requirements.

    3. Quote

    A detailed breakdown of costs for each phase of treatment will be provided, including on-going monitoring programmes with insurance backed guarantees.

    4. Removal

    Our experienced and professional in-house teams will carry out the treatment to the highest of standards to achieve full eradication. All works are carried out in accordance with the INNSA Code of Practice.

    5. Treatment

    A range of treatment solutions are available, from in-situ herbicide application to excavation and removal or burial. All carried out in-house by our experienced team.

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