Bam­boo should be for lost pan­das only

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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!

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