Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is a weed that spreads rapidly. In winter the plant dies back to ground level but by early summer the bamboo-like stems emerge from rhizomes deep underground to shoot to over 2.1m (7ft), suppressing all other plant growth. Eradication requires determination as it is very hard to remove by hand or eradicate with chemicals without expert knowledge and experience.
If you have Japanese knotweed in your garden, you will probably want to control its growth and spread so that it doesn’t either damage your property or spread into areas which you don’t own. If the plant spreads from your property into the wild, then that is illegal under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. If the plant spreads on to someone else’s property or public land and you don’t actively work to control its spread, you could be subject to an ASBO and fined.
Japanese Knotweed is a difficult plant to get rid of, the process for doing so can be complicated and take time, a herbicidal treatment plan takes a minimum of 24 months. For this reason we recommend using a qualified and experienced eradication company like Elcot Environmental.
Japanese Knotweed can grow up to 10 cm a day with roots burrowing down as deep as 3 metres.
Disposal of the plant and its roots is also controlled, you can't just dump it in your garden and recycling bins. It has to be disposed of in a specialised controlled landfill or incinerated at a licensed unit.
You could be fined up to £5,000 or be sent to prison for up to 2 years if you allow contaminated soil or plant material from any waste you transfer to spread into the wild. Government Guidance
With over 35 years experience in treating Japanese Knotweed, Elcot Environmental are the original UK knotweed eradication company, and many of the processes used in the industry today to deal with this weed were first developed by us.
When you contract Elcot Environmental to deal with your knotweed, you can be safe in the knowledge that you are working with the UK's longest established and most experienced Japanese Knotweed eradication companies.
If you just need to speak to someone and get some advice, then please feel free to call us for a no obligation discussion about what to do next. Call us on 01793 700100. We cover all of the UK (including Northern Ireland).
We can generally be at your site/house within 48 hours to carry out a survey and provide a management plan on how we can eradicate your knotweed problem. Please contact us now, and we can start the process today!
Most mortgage lenders will not lend on a property with Japanese Knotweed without a management plan in place. The good news is that Elcot Environmental can provide you with a management plan and all the necessary paperwork to get your sale/purchase back on track today!
Contact us now on 01793 700 100 to get the ball rolling, or complete our contact form and we will call you back ASAP.
If a property that you are selling or buying has had Japanese Knotweed identified as a problem then it is advisable to request a survey and report on the extent of the Japanese Knotweed issues. A survey from Elcot will confirm the Japanese Knotweed problem, the locations and extent of the risk and provide a full management plan for its eradication.