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‘Knot’ Just a Pretty Plant…

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Japanese Knotweed, the plant introduced into the country in the 19th century to brighten up gardens, riverbanks and train tracks is now considered such a nuisance and so damaging to property that it is covered under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014!

Not only is it able to grow at a fast rate and under materials such as tarmac, the plant is able to re-root from just a small fragment of root or stem, making it difficult and expensive to remove from land.

Although not illegal to grow Japanese Knotweed on your property, it is an offence to cause the plant to grow in the wild or to deposit it elsewhere than at a licenced landfill site and those found guilty could be fined, imprisoned, or both. The Local Authority also has powers that enable it to require the occupier of land to remove knotweed from their property if it is considered to adversely affect the area, for example, if there is a risk that it will spread to adjoining land.

There is also a growing reluctance to lend on properties known to be affected by Japanese Knotweed, and its presence (even just in the vicinity of the property) can have an effect on the value, marketability and insurability of the property.

From commercial developments to residential properties, Japanese Knotweed can cause financial and time-consuming problems for owners. Please contact James Alger on jamesalger@hlwkeeblehawson.co.uk or 0114 2521412 if you are about to purchase or rent a property and have concerns about the possible presence of Japanese Knotweed at the site.

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