Knotweed in your GardenWhat should you do?
Is Japanese Knotweed a notifiable plant?
Japanese Knotweed is certainly a garden pest, and it is the responsibility of the landowner to manage it and possibly have it removed. While it is an invasive plant, and it is definitely advisable to take action quickly to prevent it spreading, there is no statutory requirement to control or eradicate or even report the presence of this pernicious weed.
It is an offence, under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, to plant or cause Japanese Knotweed to grow in the wild. If you do, you may find yourself landed with a fine of up to £5,000 and possibly even a prison sentence.
Letting Japanese Knotweed spread to private land, such as your neighbour’s garden can also land you in hot water too. If successful in bringing a claim against you, you could be looking at paying for the Japanese Knotweed eradication on their property, including a guarantee plan, compensation to your neighbours for damage caused and also picking up any legal fees incurred.
Japanese Knotweed grows quickly and sets down strong roots. These roots can create a destructive underground network which will undermine buildings and foundations, and potentially cause thousands of pounds of damage.
If you do have Japanese Knotweed on your property, you really need to get it removed as soon as possible to prevent it spreading. Japanese Knotweed can grow up to ten cm per day with roots sprouting out in a seven-metre radius. So, if you don’t take care of it as soon as possible, it will quickly spread from one garden to another, infesting whole areas, and potentially costing you a lot more.
Japanese Knotweed Specialists have been tackling tribulations with this tiresome Triffid for years. We offer a range of removal methods including leaf herbicides, stem injection herbicides, as well as excavations and even root barriers.
If you suspect you have a Japanese Knotweed infestation, you can send us a photo, and we will let you know for free just what you are dealing with. For any other help and advice with Japanese Knotweed or other invasive plants, get in touch with Japanese Knotweed Specialists.