At CYB Environment we know everything there is to know about japanese knotweed, we also know how destructive it can be. We have put together this blog to make you aware of the potential dangers of having Japanese knotweed on your property. But first, what is japanese knotweed?
What is Japanese Knotweed?
Japanese knotweed is an invasive species of plant which has bamboo-like stems and has small white flowers. This plant is part of the ‘Dock’ family and is notoriously difficult to get rid of. It is known as the phoenix in the plant world due to the fact that even fire can’t kill it off. It was originally brought to Britain for its beauty and was named the “most interesting ornamental plant of the year” in 1847. In its native homeland this plant is also kept at bay by the climate and also native insects that feed on this plant, whereas the environment in Britain allows it to grow out of control and become aggressive.
How can a plant give you a criminal record?
Japanese knotweed is a troublesome plant with huge destructive roots, they have been known to cause structural damage to many properties. The Home Office issued guidance on Japanese Knotweed in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act of 2014. They say a person who has failed to act upon the growth of Japanese Knotweed to the extent that it affects the quality of life of those around it could find themselves being served with a Community Protection Notice.
Failure to then comply with the notice would result in a criminal offence and a large fine (which can be anything up to £2,500 for an individual and £20,000 for an organisation). In Scotland and Ireland, businesses in the local area are already held responsible for making sure Japanese Knotweed doesn’t spread to the local areas as it threatens biodiversity, the economy and human health. Having Japanese knotweed on your property can affect potential house prices, if you are looking to buy or sell.
How do I know if I have Japanese Knotweed?
Large heart shaped green leaves, arranged in a zig-zag across the stem
Red tinged roots and bamboo-like stems
Dense clumps of overgrown plants
Clusters of white flowers around July time, that attract a lot of bees
Brown dead looking stems after it’s died back in September/November time
Did you know that japanese knotweed can grow up to 20cm a day? These plants will take over your garden/property and ensure that plants in your garden will receive less sunlight. Their roots run deep underground, ensuring that they will pop up all around your property. Japanese Knotweed is strong and almost impossible to get rid of without professional help, as it can grow through concrete and tarmac ruining roads, buildings and destabilising river banks.
How do we get rid of it?
If you believe you have identified a growth of Japanese Knotweed at your home or property then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
As a homeowner with Japanese Knotweed, you are responsible for ensuring that the plant does not spread into neighbouring land, whether it be privately or publicly owned.
Report Japanese knotweed to your local council if you have noticed that the plant growing unchecked on council land, or if it has spread onto your own property.
For any queries on the above or if you would like a free identification of a potential Japanese Knotweed plant, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org