Japanese knotweed new shoots

Japanese knotweed springs into action - red shoots spotted across the UK

It is that time of year again; new Japanese knotweed shoots have been spotted across the UK.

It is no co-incidence that Japanese knotweed has been described as indisputably the UK's most aggressive and destructive invasive plant (Environment Agency). The annual spend in the UK on control and eradication is £165m, with in excess of 500,000 homes being affected.  

Do you know what to look for?

Japanese knotweed new growth

Coventry Observer - Invader knotweed menace may return

Published on Thursday 7th April 2016 in the Coventry Observer.

This article warns residents of Coventry to be aware of Japanese knotweed, now the growing season has started. 

Coventry City Council has issued ASBOs in the past to landowners because they have allowed Japanese knotweed to spread. 

It is advised that residents deal with Japanese knotweed as soon as possible, by informing neighbours of the problem. Knotweed has been known to devalue house values, by as much as 50%. 

Japanese knotweed new shoot

South Wales Evening Post - Knotweed warning as plant reappears

Published on Thursday 7th April 2016 in the South Wales Evening Post.

This article discusses how the mild and wet winter will affect knotweed growth. Swansea has been considered a knotweed hotspot, so residents need to be aware that the knotweed growing season has begun, as new shoots have been spotted. It is estimated to cost around £9 million a year to tackle Japanese knotweed in Wales.