All adopted highway hard surfaces are treated twice a year to maintain an acceptable level of cleanliness. Weeds can destroy surfaces if left untreated, can trap litter and create trip hazards. The first treatment is usually in May/June and the second in September/October. It is an offence to allow certain types of weeds to spread onto the highway from adjacent land, these weeds are listed in the Weeds Act 1959.
How are weeds treated?
The weeds are sprayed using an environmentally friendly herbicide. The herbicides we use have a very low toxicity and is safe to use in open areas used by the public and their pets.
This weed can cause serious damage or even death to livestock if eaten in sufficient quantities. We have a duty to control Ragwort on highway land adjacent to fields where livestock graze or where livestock feed is being grown. It's not our policy to eradicate common Ragwort as it is an important part of Conwy biodiversity. Sometimes we have to hand-pull the weed if chemical treatment presents risk to other species of flora/fauna.
This is a very persistent, adaptable weed that can grow from tiny fragments of plant and can spread very easily. By regularly treating effected areas we hope this weed can be kept under control in a cost effective manner.