Japanese Knotweed Removal

Japanese Knotweed Removal

Environet specialise in Japanese knotweed removal. Our patented equipment and guaranteed removal method eradicates Japanese knotweed and ensures it is permanently removed from your property. Our Japanese knotweed removal service offers the best insurance backed guarantee (IBG) underwritten by A-rated Lloyd's of London in both the commercial and residential sectors.

How to Choose the Right Japanese Knotweed Removal Method?

If you don't choose the right Japanese knotweed removal method you'll join the thousands who have learnt the hard way, at their cost. The choice is between herbicide treatment and the physical removal of Japanese knotweed. Total eradication ensures that the weed is either completely removed from the property, or completely killed, whereas treatment may only control it's spread. Find out how to get rid of Japanese Knotweed or find out more on our Japanese knotweed solutions.

Why is Japanese Knotweed Removal Important?

Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is a non native invasive plant that appears in spring and can grow by up to 10cm a day, producing white flowers around September or October time. Japanese knotweed removal is therefore vital to stop the spread of this aggressive plant. Whilst it is lush green in colour with a stem that can appear to look like bamboo, Japanese knotweed must not be confused with other herbaceous plants. Japanese knotweed is a serious problem for developers and their professional advisors, for contractors, home owners and landlords. Environet can help with Japanese knotweed removal.

Identifying Japanese Knotweed Before Removal

Japanese knotweed is usually easy to spot, unless someone has attempted to conceal it. In summer it 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 can look similar to bamboo. In the UK it spreads from the crown and the underground rhizome system rather than through seeds. The weed can grow up to a metre a month and easily grows below concrete and tarmac, causing damage to property, buildings, roads, driveways and drains. The plant produces beautiful white flowers around September and October. Find out more about Japanese knotweed identification.

What Does The Law Say About Japanese Knotweed Removal?

Japanese knotweed and the soil it infests is classified as a controlled waste if it is being taken off site. This means 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 the regulations. Any material containing Japanese knotweed must be taken by a waste carrier registered by the Environment Agency to a registered landfill site authorised to accept Japanese knotweed. Under the "duty of care" be aware that it is the responsibility of the person consigning the waste to accurately classify the waste, they should clearly state it contains Japanese knotweed, and ensure it is taken by a registered waste carrier. Waste transfer notes should 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 his/her knotweed to spread into adjoining land. We call this Japanese knotweed encroachment.

Insurance Backed Guarantees For Japanese Knotweed Removal

Environet has eradicated Japanese knotweed from thousands of commercial and residential sites throughout the UK. Japanese knotweed removal through a total eradication process ensures that we can offer insurance backed guarantees that are underwritten by Lloyd's of London. Find out more about our Japanese knotweed insurance backed guarantees.


Japanese Knotweed News from our blog

Japanese knotweed - The Dreadful Buds of March

Pop Larkin knows spring is in the air when new Japanese knotweed shoots are spotted coming up through ground recently covered in frost. Our Regional Manager in London spotted some knotweed early this week, followed closely by our Regional Manager in the South West, on a site in Devon.

New EU Legislation on Invasive Alien Species like Japanese knotweed

Earlier this week a small a delegation from Environet, myself included,  attended a conference at Portcullis House in Westminster on the new EU Legislation that came into force on January 1st 2015 on invasive alien species (IAS) such as Japanese knotweed. The EU Commission reckons there are some 12,000 alien species in the EU, of which 10-15% are considered invasive, and regulations are now in place (sort of) to limit their spread.

Infrastructure Act 2015 - Legislation reinforces need to tackle Japanese knotweed

The Infrastructure Act 2015 received Royal Assent on 12 February 2015, and gives regulators even greater powers against those landowners unlucky enough to own land affected by invasive species such as Japanese knotweed. Prior to this Act, it was perfectly legal to have invasive species on your land, as long as you didn't allow it to spread to land owned by others.