Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant which can cause a great deal of damage to your property if left untreated. If left untreated, the knotweed will continue to grow and spread. The presence and continued spread of knotweed is considered to be a nuisance. It is a very hardy and robust plant which grows quickly.
It spreads underground via its rhizomes or roots, and can grow up to two metres in height. It is problematic as it will out-compete native flora.
As of 1981, it became an offence to ‘plant or otherwise cause Japanese knotweed to grow in the wild’, as a result of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 being passed by the Government.
In the months of March to April, the plant is at an early stage of its growing cycle but it is still fairly distinctive.
The growth of knotweed will be the most vigorous during the months of May through to October, and is usually always easily identifiable.
During the winter months from October through to February, the plant loses its leaves and dies back. Its stems however are still recognisable.
It has creamy white flowers in the summer, and the flowers appear in mid to late summer.
There are also lots of lush green leaves.
The stem of the plant is hollow, bamboo like and red in colour.
If a landowner has failed to treat knotweed on their land, and this has subsequently spread to your land, you may be able to make a claim against the owner of the land where it has spread from.
Knotweed was once thought to be an incredibly dangerous plant which could totally ruin the foundations of properties. With education and raised awareness, it is now understood that whilst it can cause damage, it is not as severe as it was once thought to be. Some common effects of knotweed include:
You should not attempt to remove/treat the knotweed without professional help. You may be committing a criminal offence if you were to attempt to remove/transport the knotweed without the assistance of a licenced professional.
Knotweed can be treated successfully in a number of ways, and there are a variety of options available to homeowners. We strongly recommend that you seek professional guidance as to what the best treatment methods would be, but your options could include:
Japanese knotweed can affect your property in a number of ways, and our expert Solicitors will advise you in respect of what you could claim for. Examples could include:
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