Bamboo and invasive plant removal for commercial clients

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How Environet can help

Invasive species management plans

As mentioned above, it is your duty as a landowner, by law, to manage invasive plant species on your land. 

This means that those plants need to be treated or disposed of where possible and not be allowed to grow or spread outside your land. 

However this is easier said than done, as the law states that you can only transport one of those listed plants or anything from which can reproduce outside your land if taken to a special facility for destruction or if you have specific permits or licences.

Failure to do so could result in: 

  • Major project delays.
  • Costly fines.
  • Site closure.
  • Snagging issues with soft and hard landscaping following completion.

Seems like a headache to you? No problem, Environet can help by putting together a management plan depending on your requirements and avoid all of the above!

Biosecurity management plans

Where one or more invasive plant species is identified on a project, it is important to implement a robust Biosecurity Management Plan, which outlines all of  the measures put in place to mitigate the risk of uncontrolled spread and incorrect classification of materials to be disposed of. Our teams of experts has you covered when it comes to: 

  • Environet, being a registered waste carrier will look after both removal and disposal. 
  • Once excavated, the plant does not leave the exclusion zone until works are completed to avoid the accidental risk of spreading rhizomes across sites.
  • The plant then receives full decontamination before extraction of the immediate working area.
  • All exposed equipment is cleaned properly after use to avoid contamination.
  • The works will always be supervised by an appointed LOM, who will keep a daily diary of the actions taken on site.

Call us today and find out more.

Why invasive plants are a problem for property owners

All landowners, whether residential or commercial, have a duty to manage invasive non-native species (INNS) on their land, in accordance with the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and The Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019.

There are also species that are not yet legislated against that can cause real problems in gardens such as:

Rest assured, where invasive species are identified at an early stage and tackled correctly, problems can usually be avoided. Our trained specialists carry out site surveys to map specified terrestrial invasive plant species and provide management plans tailored to your requirements. ​

Not sure how to identify the plant on your property?

Reviews from our clients

“Excellent service from Environet, they covered every aspect of the works with diligence and professionalism and went the extra mile when needed.”

Design Coordinator - Kier Living South West

“Environet responded to our initial enquiry in an exemplary fashion, by attending site within the timescale provided along with providing us a clear and concise remediation strategy in line with our build programme, ensuring no delays on site which, as developers, is key.”

Technical Manager - Devine Homes PLC

“Environet’s Japanese knotweed eradication has proved to be highly effective on our development sites. Thank you for your excellent service, fast response and professional consultancy support.”

Commercial Director - Berkeley Group PLC

We deal with a variety of invasive plants

Established in 1996, Environet has dedicated teams in all major regions of the UK who are highly skilled and experienced in dealing with the permanent removal and control of invasive plants such as Bamboo, Giant Hogweed or Himalayan balsam. 

Whether you’re a bar, hotel, or a construction company that needs to clear wasteland, we’re here to help with a great Invasive plant removal service that’s both efficient and cost-effective.

All our commercial customers, just like our residential ones, get our 10-year guarantee that the invasive plant infestation won’t recur. That’s because we’re confident in our processes and the solutions we employ.

If you are searching for a commercial invasive plant removal company you can trust,

See how we can help below

Unsure about how removal and treatment of invasive plants works? Find out more by clicking on an each plant below:

Accreditations

We have robust systems in place for Environmental and Health & Safety management. Risk assessments are carried out for every aspect of our business to identify situations where harm could be caused. We have an ethos of continuous improvement to eliminate or reduce the risks with detailed working procedures, on-going training and monitoring.

All our staff have health and safety and emergency first aid training. We are also accredited by CHAS and Constructionline and are members of the Property Care Association (PCA).

Bamboo rhizome being pulled up from beneath a patio
April 3, 2023
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Knutsford, Cheshire

We were instructed to carry out this bamboo removal as our clients had an extensive bamboo problem covering a significant portion of their garden.
Giant Hogweed growing by a river
March 31, 2023
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Former Airfield, Essex

Environet has been commissioned to monitor and treat a number of invasive species across this site. One in particular that stands out due to its coverage (both in seed dispersal and media stories) is Giant Hogweed.
Full excavation of bamboo using a machine at the University of Bedfordshire
March 31, 2023
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University of Bedfordshire, Bedford

Environet were instructed by the University of Bedfordshire to survey for Bamboo across their sports field and neighbouring properties where encroachment had taken place, and then to provide our recommendations through a Bamboo Management Plan.
close up on bamboo roots
March 31, 2023
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Bamboo removal Earley, Reading

Our client Angela Francis, who lives in Earley near Reading, was mis-sold a species of bamboo by her local nursery when she planted an ornamental garden a few years ago, as reported by the Reading Chronicle.
Japanese knotweed growing out of control on a residential site in Bolton
March 24, 2023
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Resi-Dig-Out™, Bolton

Upon finding out at the start of July that a large bush within his garden was Japanese knotweed, our client instructed Environet to survey the property.
bamboo beneath floor
February 1, 2022
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The worst case of property damage by bamboo we’ve ever seen

A serious case of bamboo encroachment, reported in The Daily Mail and on BBC Radio 4 this week, has resulted in a Hampshire customer’s entire ground floor being dug up and hundreds of metres of bamboo runners excavated from beneath the property, after the plant emerged through the floor in the living room, study, hall and kitchen.
Japanese knotweed rhizome bagged up on a residential site in Suffolk
November 18, 2021
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Resi-Dig-Out, Suffolk

A Customer's Account of our Resi-Dig-Out Service "I asked Environet to help me deal with a Japanese knotweed infestation in the driveway of my property and was very impressed with the service I received from start to finish.
Dig and Dump removal method at a commercial site in West Sussex
February 28, 2017
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Dig & Dump, West Sussex

Japanese knotweed was identified on a site our client wished to develop into five housing plots.

FAQ

Non-native plants are usually introduced directly or indirectly by humans and often thrive in the wild, despite not belonging naturally to the habitat it lives on.

Most of these species do not pose a threat to the ecosystem but some can spread rapidly and end up outgrowing native flora.

These plants are called invasive because they lack natural control mechanisms (such as herbivores), spread rapidly (by seed or vegetatively) or end up killing native species (such as allelopathy or competition for resources).

Giant Hogweed, which looks similar to overgrown cow parsley, is increasingly prevalent in the UK, particularly along waterways where it spreads successfully via seed to quickly colonise new locations. While posing little threat to property, it is a highly toxic plant that can damage human and animal health due to its sap which contains furocoumarin, a chemical that causes painful burns to the skin.

Excavation to remove the root balls and all rhizomes from the ground. Any regrowth is removed or where necessary, herbicide treated during monitoring visits. Containment may also work in certain situations.

Not at all! For instance, Horsetail should be physically excavated due to its huge root system, which can extend 2m in depth. However, Buddleia is relatively easy to treat, and often requires just one or two herbicide applications in mid-summer with a monitoring visit the following year. So it’s always best to speak to us so we can recommend the most suitable approach to removing each species.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Knowledge Hub

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Japanese Knotweed UK Heatmap

Exposed™: The Japanese Knotweed Heatmap is an interactive online heatmap of Japanese knotweed sightings across the UK.
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A Guide to Mortgages and Japanese Knotweed

Understand how the presence of Japanese knotweed could affect your mortgage.
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Japanese Knotweed Insurance Guide

Making sure you have the right protection against the costs associated with the discovery of Japanese knotweed.
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New JustCheck™ – Japanese knotweed protection offers peace of mind to homebuyers and sellers from Japanese knotweed

We’ve launched a new survey, JustCheck™ aimed at homebuyers and sellers who want more certainty on whether or not a property is affected by Japanese knotweed.
A close up of Japanese knotweed in Winter
January 29, 2024
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Everything you need to know about Japanese knotweed dormancy

Plant dormancy is when a plant slows down its activity in response to tough conditions. This helps it save energy and survive challenges like cold weather or lack of water. Different types of dormancy exist, like winter dormancy when trees lose leaves, and summer dormancy when plants in dry areas slow down.
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February 21, 2024
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Blossoming Invaders: Spring’s unwelcome guests on the UK scene 

We will list some of the biggest threats to look out for this Spring and give you some tips on how to identify them.
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February 21, 2024
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Blossoming Invaders: Spring’s unwelcome guests on the UK scene 

A close up of Japanese knotweed in Winter
January 29, 2024
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Everything you need to know about Japanese knotweed dormancy

Giant Hogweed with white flowers
January 11, 2024
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The growing challenge of invasive, non-native plants in the UK

December 23, 2023
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Our Founder, Nic Seal reflects on 2023

Photo of a Seminar led by Nic Seal
March 10, 2023
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Webinars and Seminars

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March 21, 2023
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‘How does Japanese knotweed affect property sales’

This morning, our Managing Director and Founder, Nic Seal, guest presented a webinar for leading conveyancing body, Searches UK. Nic presented the webinar ‘How does Japanese knotweed affect property sales’ to over 170 registrants.
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March 21, 2023
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“How to identify invasive plants and understand the risk they present”

Last week, we were thrilled to have one of our directors, Emily Grant, present to an audience of knowledgeable property professionals, including chartered surveyors and property developers, her latest webinar, ‘How to identify invasive plants and understand the risks they present’ which took place, with limited capacity on Tuesday 14th March,10am.

GET IN TOUCH

Our team of experts is available between 9am and 5:30pm, Monday to Friday to answer your enquiries and advise you on the next steps

Want a survey?

Request a survey online in less than two minutes by simply uploading a photograph and providing a few brief details. A member of the team will swiftly come back to you with further information and our availability.

Need quick plant identification?

There’s no need to wait for a survey. Simply upload an image to our identification form and one of our invasive plant experts will take a look and let you know, free of charge.

Contact our team of experts today