Bamboo should be for lost pandas only
By now you should be familiar with the words “non native” or “alien species” which I have used numerous times over the years. Some alien species are harmless, while others can have a more devastating impact on our native flora and fauna. I came across a patch of bamboo the other day growing on the slopes of a gravel pit. Although pandas need the plant to survive, I feel we don’t need it growing in the countryside. Bamboos are in the grasses family and tend to have woody, hollow stems and very lush foliage. Bamboos are regularly stated to be the fastest growing plant in the world, so be warned! Some species grow a third faster than the fastest growing tree, growing up to one metre a day. The problem with certain bamboos, as gardeners will tell you, is that it can be very difficult to get rid of as they root well and sucker. I have always avoided planting bamboo in gardens and I really don’t like seeing clumps out in the British countryside, unless there are lost pandas!