10.30 – 15.00 on Saturday 2nd June 2018 at Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, Cott Road, Lostwithiel, PL22 0HW
Residents of Cornwall and the South West who are concerned about the spread of troublesome Japanese knotweed, can learn more about this invasive plant with a free one-to-one pop-up consultation at Duchy of Cornwall Nursery on 2nd June 2018 from 10.30am – 3pm.
Environet has joined forces with the prestigious Duchy of Cornwall Nursery in Lostwithiel, to educate local residents about Japanese knotweed, to help them identify it and advise them on treatment options and their legal position if it is growing on or near their property.
Furthermore, residents can also find out more about what to do if they wish to buy or sell a property affected by the pernicious plant, which spreads rapidly and can wreak havoc on property if left untreated.
Led by Environet’s Senior Regional Manager for the Southern Region, Emily Grant, the 15-minute pop-up consultations will offer the chance for visitors to bring photos of plants they are concerned about, or simply learn more about Japanese knotweed and how they can protect themselves.
Number one on the Environment Agency’s list of the UK’s most invasive plant species, Japanese knotweed has spread rapidly across Cornwall and the wider South West in recent years and is particularly rife in and around towns such as St Austell and Falmouth.
Environet’s Emily Grant comments: “Japanese knotweed has become a serious problem in Cornwall, where it has taken hold in a range of habitats including roadsides, riverbanks and increasingly, gardens and residential areas. In a court case at Truro Civil Court earlier this year, a Maenporth homeowner was forced to pay damages to a neighbour for allowing knotweed to encroach onto their land, something we expect to see more of in the future.”
“This pop-up consultancy is intended to help educate residents of Cornwall and Devon about Japanese knotweed, the treatment options and the legal obligations of homeowners, including if they wish to buy or sell an affected property. Whether they believe they have a knotweed problem or not, we want to help arm people with the facts.”
Karl Taylor of Duchy of Cornwall Nursery added: “We’re delighted to welcome Environet to the Nursery, to inform our customers of the risks around Japanese knotweed. The South West region is badly affected by the spread of the plant, so the more people who know about knotweed and how it should be dealt with, the better.”
To book a consultation please call Duchy of Cornwall Nursery on 01208 872 668.
Picture shows: A heat map indicating the spread of Japanese knotweed across the South West region (Credit: Environet UK).