Impact of ragwort explored in survey

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A major survey supported by Defra to assess levels of awareness and concern about ragwort, a plant that can cause serious, and sometimes fatal harm, to horses is being conducted by The British Horse Society.

Every year the organisation is inundated with concerns from members about ragwort, which can cause much damage to horses.

Many of those responsible for horses’ care invest large amounts of resource, both through labour and expense, in trying to control this weed.

The survey will gather data across England on the perceptions and reality of the impact of ragwort.

The survey is running between Tuesday, July 22 and Friday August 15, and can be accessed through the Society’s website at