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Japanese Knotweed Damages Historic Property in the West Country

One hears lots of horror stories about Japanese knotweed damaging property, but I have to say in 20 years of being in this game I've never seen anything as spectacular as this photo. This is Japanese knotweed growing within an ancient city wall, sandwiched between two adjoining buildings.

Insurance Market to Cover Japanese Knotweed

It's taken many years for the insurance market to wake up to the problem of Japanese knotweed. A few years ago you couldn't get any cover for Japanese knotweed, the risk remaining fair and square with the property owner, to pay for the costs of treatment, for any claims made against them from aggrieved neighbours being the victims of encroachment, and for repairs to damage caused to property.

Land Remediation Tax Relief and Japanese knotweed

If your company has incurred costs in remediating land affected by Japanese knotweed you may be able to claim substantial sums of tax back from HMRC.   

Nic Seal speaks at Grand Designs Live about Japanese knotweed

Grand Designs Live, the exhibition at ExCeL in London, and spin off from the famous TV programme presented by Kevin McCloud is helping to raise awareness of Japanese knotweed. On Friday 8th May at 2.30pm in the Grand Theatre I’m presenting to the audience as part of a talk called "What's your home worth - and how to add value".

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.

Educating the nation - Japanese knotweed

Educating the nation on the truth about Japanese knotweed

 

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