Pop Larkin knows spring is in the air when new Japanese knotweed shoots are spotted coming up through ground recently covered in frost. Our Regional Manager in London spotted some knotweed early this week, followed closely by our Regional Manager in the South West, on a site in Devon.
I am Mr Knotweed Seminar, (though I'm not the only one) If a group of surveyors from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Parliament Square want a 45 minute talk on the dreaded superweed, with help on identification, potential damage and lending issues, I’m usually the man dispatched from Environet’s Knotweed HQ.
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.