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Complainant Name:
Neil Jones

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Horse & Hound


This complaint was originally made to the PCC. As the PCC closed on 8 September the complaint was resolved by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) under PCC procedures. IPSO is the new independent regulator of the newspaper and magazine industry.

Neil Jones complained to the Press Complaints Commission, on behalf of Swansea Friends of the Earth, that the magazine had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice in an advice column about controlling ragwort.


The complaint was resolved when the magazine published the following correction:

"In our 26 June issue, we incorrectly stated: ‘Under the Weeds Act 1959 and the Ragwort Control Act 2003 you are obliged to remove or treat ragwort on your own land.'

Under the Weeds Act you may be ordered to control ragwort, but there is no legal requirement for a landowner to control the plant without such an order.

The Ragwort Control Act creates a Code of Practice for control, but no automatic legal obligation to control the plant.

Livestock owners are responsible for the welfare of their animals and should satisfy themselves that their stock is not exposed to the risk of ragwort poisoning, and should, with reference to the Code of Practice, remove ragwort plants where necessary."

Date Published: 04/12/2014

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