Japanese Knotweed is one of the most, if not the most, invasive plants growing in Britain today. The Japanese Knotweed grows at an exceptional a rate, up to 10cm in one day, which means it can become a serious problem in a very short period of time. Fully grown, Japanese Knotweed can reach up to three metres in height.

Eco Landscapes are experts in the eradication of Japanese Knotweed and Japanese Knotweed removal. Although much of the plant can be seen above ground, the real problem lies underground. The root system can extend as far as three metres down and up to seven metres in all directions. This means that the Japanese Knotweed can literally suffocate all other flora and fauna in the area.

Eco Landscapes have a team of experienced and professional Japanese Knotweed Eradication experts. They deploy a variety of highly effective procedures to ensure the removal of all traces of the weed and help prevent any regrowth.

As Japanese Knotweed is so invasive, the government has put legislation in place to help control the problem. This legislation includes:

  • It is an offence to plant or cause Japanese knotweed to spread in the wild under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and all waste containing Japanese knotweed comes under the control of Part II of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
  • Anyone convicted of an offence under Section 14 of the WCA 1981 may face a fine of £5,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment, or 2 years and/or an unlimited fine on indictment.
  • The Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA 1990) contains a number of legal provisions concerning "controlled waste", which are set out in Part II. Any Japanese knotweed contaminated soil or plant material that you discard, intend to discard or are required to discard is likely to be classified as controlled waste.
  • It is not an offence to have Japanese knotweed on your land and it is not a notifiable weed. Allowing Japanese knotweed to grow onto other people’s property may be regarded as a private nuisance under common law, but this would be a civil matter. You can be sued under common laws for costs and damages if you allow the spread of Japanese Knotweed from your property.

Click here for Japanese Knotweed Government Guidance.

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