The end of season use up period, at the end of the Emergency Authorisation for Asulam, finished on 31st October 2019. It is now illegal to apply or store Asulam.
It has been confirmed that a further Emergency Authorisation will be issued to allow the use of Asulam during the 2020 season, but this will apply to application by helicopter only. Application from hand-held or ground-based equipment will not be authorised. See the Aslam page for more detail.
Also, for aerial spraying the required buffer zone against surface water bodies will be increased from 50m to 90m. This will increase the area of bracken that cannot be sprayed significantly.
Briefings 2020 (see the menu item) is a series of briefings that is being developed to set out the information provided with the EA Application and the concerns being expressed by the bracken control industry to the restrictions contained in the draft approval.