"Rip Off Britain" & Japanese knotweed

The BBC consumer programme 'Rip Off Britain' earlier this week broadcast a story on Japanese knotweed, featuring a lady in the Midlands unable to get a mortgage due to Japanese knotweed on adjoining land owned by a local council. Sadly, this type of story is all too common. However, with the correct advice, the right treatment plan and an insurance backed guarantee underwritten by Lloyd’s of London that does not need to be the case.

Japanese knotweed and Carbon Emissions

The other day I was asked whether Japanese knotweed causes global warming. I had to think this one through. I guess the argument goes that if knotweed is growing, then surely it is fixing carbon from the atmosphere into the plant and therefore reducing the amount of CO2 in the air. So that’s a good thing, if you believe the theory that greater concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere causes global warming.

Return of the Undead - Japanese Knotweed Regrowth

We are constantly being called out to eradicate Japanese knotweed because a DIY attempt has failed. The comments that usually accompany such a request are along the lines of:

- ”I’ve nearly killed it, but it keeps growing again.”

- “It’s certainly a bit smaller than it was last year. That stuff from B+Q is doing the trick……I think.”

- “It’s looking a bit poorly. I think it’s nearly dead.”

Notification and Disclosure of Japanese knotweed

Contrary to popular belief Japanese knotweed is not a notifiable weed, so there is no legal requirement to report its presence on land you own or control to the Authorities.  

However, when you come to sell a property you will be required to answer a set of pre-contract enquiries which typically follow the Law Society’s TA6 Form. This form has a specific question relating to Japanese knotweed and is phrased:

The Plant that Ate Britain

An excellent 6 page article by journalist Matt Rudd on Japanese knotweed entitled “The Plant that Ate Britain” was published in the Sunday Times Magazine on July 13th 2014. It’s worth a read if you want to know more about this highly invasive weed. Download Japanese knotweed - The Plant that Ate Britain

Japanese knotweed encroachment and neighbours

Not only does Japanese knotweed cause damage to property, and interfere with a house sale because a lender won’t lend, it can also create problems with those perfectly nice people next door – your neighbours.

Japanese knotweed disputes and litigation is on the rise as more property owners realise the severity of the knotweed spreading to their property from next door, and how this will affect them.

Does Japanese knotweed really damage property?

“Does Japanese knotweed really cause damage to property, after all it’s only a weed,” is a question we’re often asked. 

Well the truth is yes, it can, if left to grow to maturity. You can see many cases of property damage, where knotweed is growing up through floors, through hard landscaped areas, through driveways, against boundary walls etc. on our new video. 

Environet moves to new HQ

On 29th May 2014 we’ve finally moved to our new 6,500 sq ft premises, located between Guildford and Woking. Our new building provides us with ample new office space, warehousing for all our Japanese knotweed equipment and machinery, and space for us to further our research and development activities.