There are reports from various parts of Britain of knotweed shooting early this year.
One hears lots of horror stories about Japanese knotweed damaging property, but I have to say in 20 years of being in this game I've never seen anything as spectacular as this photo.
It's taken many years for the insurance market to wake up to the problem of Japanese knotweed. A few years ago you couldn't get any cover for Japanese knotweed, the risk remaining fair and square with the property owner, to pay for the costs of treatment, for any claims made against them from aggrieved neighbours being the victims of encroachment, and for repairs to damage caused to property.
You might think the bigger the Japanese knotweed infestation the bigger the problem. We can deal with large knotweed affected areas on commercial development sites with our bespoke Xtract machinery.
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.
“Does Japanese knotweed really cause damage to property, after all it’s only a weed,” is a question we’re often asked.