The UK government on 28 January 2013 announced a ban on the sale of five species of invasive non-native aquatic plants. In the first ban of its kind, the move will save money and help protect vulnerable habitats.The plants to be banned from April 2014 are water fern, floating pennywort, water primrose and Australian swamp stonecrop, parrot's feather. Actually, Tough laws to curb the sale of these plants could save UK millions of pounds as well as protecting wildlife such as fish and native plants.
Besides the above, the ban will also help maintain access to rivers and lakes for anglers and watersport fans. It was the first time that non-native plants have been banned from sale in England.