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.
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.
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.
The other day I was asked whether Japanese knotweed causes global warming. I had to think this one through.
We are constantly being called out to eradicate Japanese knotweed because a DIY attempt has failed.
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.
Journalist Matt Rudd produced an excellent article on Japanese knotweed.
Entitled “The Plant that Ate Britain", this article was published in the Sunday Times Magazine on July 13th 2014. It’s worth a read if you want to know more about this highly invasive weed. Download Japanese knotweed - The Plant that Ate Britain
Not only does Japanese knotweed cause damage to property, and interfere with a house sale because a lender won’t lend, it can also create problems with those perfectly nice people next door – your neighbours.
“Does Japanese knotweed really cause damage to property, after all it’s only a weed,” is a question we’re often asked.