Japanese Knotweed has become more and more of a problem over recent years with many people having issues with the foreign plant. It is important that if you have this plant in your garden that you have it dealt with in the correct manner as it can cause problems when buying or selling a property. For more advice it is worth speaking to Gloucester Estate Agents to find out how best to move forwards. Gloucester Estate Agents TGRES will be able to put you in touch with any necessary companies in order to remove this safely from your garden before you sell your property.
Here are some facts about the troublesome plant to help you:
It is officially known as Fallopia Japonica and includes varieties such as the Giant Knotweed. It is native to countries such as Japan, Taiwan and China and is thought to have been introduced here in Britain by the Victorians as they used it as an ornamental plant in their gardens. It is against the law here in the UK to plant Knotweed or create environments suitable for its growth. It is not legal however to already have oe growing on your land. If it spreads to neighbouring land you can be liable for any damage that it causes.
Knotweed grows incredibly quickly which is one of the reasons why it can be hard to control. It can spread to around 2 metres in width in just one growing season and roots below the surface and reach distances of around 7 metres.
Due to its fast growing and destructive nature it is in fact dealt with as a controlled waste substance which means that you can not simply take it down to your local tip or throw it into your garden waste. A landfill site has to be licenced to take the plant and you must give them prior notice and fill in relevant paperwork. It is thought that it costs millions of pounds each year to control this plant and development projects can increase by as much as ten percent if the plant is found on the site. As an example it took the organisers of the London 2012 Olympics four years to control the weed on the areas being used. The reason for the problems it causes here in the UK is that there are no natural pests that control the weed like their is in its native Japan.