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Japanese knotweed for Breakfast

I'm not advocating you eat Japanese knotweed for breakfast, after all you don't know whether someone has sprayed some nasty chemicals on it. 

Are ASBOs the right tool to fight Japanese knotweed?

The Home Office have recently issued guidance on the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 in relation to Japanese knotweed.” Failure to act” i.e. property owners not controlling Japanese knotweed where it  affects the quality of life of those in the community could find themselves being served with a Community Protection Notice.

Does Japanese knotweed cause diminution to the value of residential property?

A recent story in the media talked about a property in South Wales being halved in value due to the presence of Japanese knotweed in the garden and on adjoining land. Difficult to believe I hear you say, especially if the knotweed is far enough away from the house not to be a risk of causing damage to it.

Winter’s on its way – does the knotweed go away?

Sadly not, it just ‘plays dead’ above ground.

In the Autumn the leaves turn yellow and drop, the green canes with their distinctive purple speckles turn brown, brittle and inert. Gradually, over months or years, these dead canes will decompose. However, before you can say ‘Spring sunshine’ new shoots appear amidst these tall brown canes to cause more havoc. See our videos on identification and damage on our website.

"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:

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