The Bracken Control Group

This Group was established in response to the       banning of Asulam, but the Group will consider all bracken control issues and techniques.

The Coordinator of the Group is Simon Thorp, the Director of The Heather Trust.


Latest updates

18 December 2013: The December Newsletter provides an update about the applications for the use of asulam.  See the News page.


20 October 2013: Beavers are bracken control activists.  See the News page.


Summary from The Heather Trust

A full summary of the background to the formation of the Bracken Control Group and an initial indication about how it will be set up can be viewed here:  HT Summary



Regular newsletters will be the primary means of communication with members of the Bracken Control Group.   They can be viewed on the News page and there is a Sign Up option at the bottom of the e-mail to add an e-mail address to the circulation list.

Approval for aerial spraying

A briefing about the new permit system for approving aerial spraying for bracken control can be found on the News page 


The following people have volunteered to represent the interests of their sector.  There are some gaps and more volunteers will be welcome, especially if you feel your interests are not being represented.  Initial contact with the representatives will be through the Coordinator.

Sector Representatives
Landowners and representative organisations

George Winn-Darley, Moorland Association (North Yorkshire)

Christopher Price, Country Land & Business Association (London)

Tim Baynes, Scottish Land & Estates (Edinburgh)

National Park

Martin Curry (Lake District)

Toby Small (Brecon Beacons)

Farmers and representative organisations

Andrew Bauer, NFUS (Edinburgh)

Dafydd Jarrett, NFU Cymru (Gwynedd)

Rhian Nowell-Phillips, Farmers Union of Wales (Ceredigion)

Commoners & graziers

John Thorley, Pastoral Alliance (Worcestershire)

Arnold Lancaster, Commoner (Lake District)

Crofters Alan Andrews, Crofter (Sutherland)
Distributors of Asulam Graham Cranna, Agrii (Perth)
Bracken contractor (ground based) Gerald Babcock (Cornwall)
Aerial Applicators (helicopter contractor) Nicholas Hawkings-Byass, MFH Helicopters (London & UK)

Ian Willoughby, Forestry Commission (Surrey)

Colin Palmer, Confor

Government Agencies

Alastair Burn, Natural England (Peterborough)


Regulation & re-registration

Alastair Leake, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (Leicestershire)

Mark Ballingall, SRUC (Perthshire)

Historic Environment Sandy Gerrard (Devon)
Other users

Duncan Glen, Landmarc (Wiltshire & UK)

Kathrine Hearn, National Trust (Swindon + England, Wales & NI)

Health information

Prof Roy Brown, International Bracken Group (North Yorks)

Wendy Fox, BADA-UK (South Yorks)

Technical adviser Roderick Robinson, Landward Consultancy (North Yorks)