Whilst Japanese Knotweed was introduced to the UK in the first half of the 19th century as an ornamental garden plant, Japanese knotweed is an invasive non-native species and can be a major problem here in the UK.
Why is Japanese Knotweed identification important?
Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is an invasive weed with creeping, deeply penetrating roots (rhizomes). It can damage paving, tarmac, walls, foundations and structures and is easily spread during renovation, landscaping, demolition and development works.
Japanese knotweed can sprout from very small sections of rhizomes which makes it very difficult to control. Homeowners and property developers have the responsibility of preventing Japanese knotweed from spreading off property they own. Soil or plant material contaminated with non-native and invasive plants like Japanese knotweed can cause ecological damage and it is an offense to cause Japanese knotweed to grow in the wild. Contaminated soil and plant cuttings may be classified as controlled waste and as such should be transported off site and disposed of by licenced carriers (under the Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994). Fly tipping is an offense and you can be prosecuted for causing Japanese knotweed to spread into the wild.
Japanese Knotweed should be handled by qualified and experienced professionals who have the knowledge and skills to treat, manage or remove it. Our friendly consultants can report on risk for mortgage purposes, suggest treatment and removal plans and carry out eradication works.
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