The first update on a baseline botanical survey of the spontaneous flora present in allotments within vice-county 38. Enabling the assessment of the contribution of allotments to plant biodiversity in the region. Potentially generating new opportunities for future research.
Ornamental horticulture is the main source of alien plants in the British Flora. Insufficient resources are available to conduct risk assessments for all of the 70,000 ornamental plants on sale. It is therefore vital to identify and manage those species that have a higher potential to become invasive, to prevent them negatively affecting natural biodiversity.