When you hear of all the horror stories in the press about knotweed it is easy to believe that it’s a dangerous hazard. Pictures of knotweed growing through cracks in concrete, taking over people’s gardens and generally causing a nuisance, are all over the internet. The word ‘triffid’ is never far from people’s lips when they talk about the plant. Consequently, there are many who believe it to be a harmful species, rendering their house unsellable.
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Japanese knotweed removal by Environet UK
Established in 1996, Environet is the UK’s leading specialist in the safe and efficient removal of Japanese knotweed using patented Xtract™ Machinery. We have dedicated teams in all major regions across the UK who are highly skilled and experienced in dealing with the permanent removal of this aggressive, destructive and invasive plant. Our treatment is covered by an Insurance Backed Guarantee underwritten at Lloyd's.
Japanese knotweed removal solutions
Environet has a long and established reputation built around quality service, expert knowledge and financial stability. We never underestimate the power or resilience of knotweed and the trouble and damage it can cause. We are continually researching and developing new Japanese knotweed solutions to ensure we are always at the cutting edge of our niche industry. Our in-house expertise has allowed us to develop eco-innovative methods. In 2008 we developed the Xtract™ process and machinery which enables us to remove knotweed at a fraction of the price of alternative methods. This has now been patented in the UK, USA and Canada, with patent pending in the rest of Europe. Please get in touch with our friendly team today who will be delighted to assist you further by recommending a suitable method and treatment. We look forward to your call.
Schools Eco-Innovation Awards Sponsorship
We are the proud sponsors of the Schools Eco-Innovation Awards scheme which is supported by Kevin McCloud. It was launched in September 2015 at The Moat School in London, a school for children with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia. This scheme will help to identify and nurture the extraordinary talents and creativity which these children often possess. We are looking for innovative design solutions to problems which the students have pinpointed. They should also consider how the designs have a positive effect on the environment.
"The Schools Eco-Innovation Award is great. Its focus is on promoting a new way of thinking about our environment and ways to harness and protect its valuable resources. There is no better way of addressing this than by tapping into the unique minds and creativity of students.”
Kevin McCloud, MBE.
Identifying Japanese knotweed
Japanese knotweed identifcation is easy when you know what features to look for. During the summer months the plant has lush green leaves that are usually flat and often shovel or heart shaped in appearance. It grows from its rhizome system in the ground from early spring with new shoots appearing as early as March. These quickly develop into tall stems or canes which look similar to bamboo. In the UK it spreads from the crown and underground rhizome system rather than through seeds. During the summer months the weed can grow up to a metre a month, then as the autumn approaches the plant produces beautiful white flowers. Find out more about Japanese knotweed.
Why removing Japanese knotweed is so important
Japanese knotweed or Fallopia Japonica is a non-native invasive plant which grows without any problems below concrete and tarmac, causing severe damage to property, buildings, roads, driveways and drains. The plant causes serious issues for developers, professional advisors, contractors, home owners and landlords. Mortgage lenders often refuse to lend where their surveyor identifies the presence of Japanese knotweed on the property and sometimes where knotweed is present on adjoining land. This is due to the risk involved as the plant can cause significant damage and devalue a property. With a management plan in place, secured with an insurance backed guarantee, banks will lend. Check out our FAQ's for further information.
How Environet removes Japanese knotweed
We pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer service to all of our clients by offering a range of Japanese knotweed removal methods for both large scale development sites and residential properties. All of our services are provided with insurance backed guarantees for up to 10 years underwritten by an A-rated insurer at Lloyd’s and recognised and accepted by all the UK’s leading banks and building societies for financial lending purposes.
Laws surrounding Japanese knotweed removal
Japanese knotweed and the soil it infests is classified as a controlled waste if it is being taken off the site so it is subject to all waste legislation under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. It is a criminal offence to consign or dispose of Japanese knotweed in a way that contravenes these regulations so all contaminated material must be removed by a waste carrier registered by the Environment Agency to a registered landfill site. Under the ‘duty of care’ it is the responsibility of the person consigning the waste to accurately classify the waste, clearly state it contains Japanese knotweed and ensure it is taken away by a registered waste carrier. Waste transfer notes must be obtained to provide an audit trail between consignor, waste carrier and landfill site. The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 makes it a criminal offence to plant or otherwise cause Japanese knotweed to grow in the wild. A more widespread legal tool is civil action under private nuisance where claims can be brought against a landowner who allows knotweed to spread into adjoining land. We call this Japanese knotweed encroachment.
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In this blog we will explain our simple approach to removing Japanese knotweed, demonstrating how we can help you give your client all the information they need. Japanese knotweed should be treated by specialists, who can provide an insurance backed guarantee with their work.