What is Japanese Knotweed
Japanese knotweed is a tall, vigorous ornamental plant originally brought into the country by bthe Victorians. It escaped from cultivation in the late nineteenth century to become an aggressive invader in the urban and rural environment.
Japanese knotweed, scientific names Fallopia japonica (Houtt. RonseDecraene), Reynoutria japonica (Houtt.) or Polygonum cuspidatum(Siebold &Zuccarini) is a member of the dock family (Polygonaceae). It is a rhizomatous (produces underground stems) perennial plant with distinctive, branching, hollow, bamboo-like stems, covered in purple speckles, often reaching 3-4 m high. The leaves of the mature plant are up to 120 mm in length with a flattened base and pointed tip and are arranged on arching stems in a zig-zag pattern.
Two species closely related to Japanese knotweed are also found in the UK. These are, GiantKnotweed (Fallopiasachalinensis), a much taller plant which reaches a height of 5m; and a smaller compact variety (Fallopia japonica var. compacta), which grows to a height of only 1m.
Japanese Knotweed Legislation
It is worth noting that from a legal perspective, it is not an offense to have Japanese knotweed on your land and it is not a notifiable weed. Japanese Knotweed Legislation may make the plant sound very scary! It is not, it is simply a weed and we would be more than happy to have a chat about how we can help solve any problems you may have on your property.
Japanese Knotweed Environment Agency
The Environment Agency are keen to monitor and control this plant and as such have placed in what is called “schedule 9”. This means that it is against the lawn to make the plant spread outside of your own property but it is not illegal for you to have it on your property. Based in Ware Hertfordshire, Perfect Ground Solutions adopt simple and straight forward solutions to help you through the containment or removal of this weed with the minimum of fuss and expenditure. Call us now to find out how we can help 01920 461958
Japanese Knotweed Law: The Facts
The following legal provisions may have consequences for those involved in the management of Japanese Knotweed
- The Control of Pesticide Regulations 1986
- The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
- The Environmental Protection Act 1990
- Controlled Waste Regulations 1991
- The Environmental Protection Regulations 1991
- Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005
- Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994
However, using simple and effective management programmes, our clients do not have to worry about any of the above as we take care of the complete activity