Japanese Knotweed Plagues Council Land in Glasgow
Glasgow- 21st March, 2013- Scotland’s leading Japanese knotweed experts, Invasive Weeds Agency, look to clear up the issues of non-native species on local authority and council land.
Many people face the challenge of selling or re-mortgaging their property with the hindrance of Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) nearby. Often, this non-native invader is not within the property boundary, it is on neighbouring land. A high proportion of land scattered around residential areas is owned by local authorities such as councils so it is inevitable that some will contain non-native weeds. Councils have a vast number of issues to tackle and very few, if any, are able to successfully handle all of these issues at once. It is no surprise that foreign plants, e.g. Japanese knotweed, may be left to grow freely on public land. So, what can be done about it?
If you suspect that you have found an area of invasive weeds on local authority land:
Avoid disturbing or damaging any of the weeds. Any disturbance or damage may hinder weed control operations or inadvertently spread the problem. The last thing you want is for the weeds to end up in your property.
Report the weed infestation to the local authority/council because it is very important that they have a record of it. This will allow the council to add the area into any weed control strategy or project that they organise. Most councils run an annual weed control programme.
Insist that the council act swiftly and responsibly to control the weed infestation because it may negatively affect the value of your property and surrounding properties if it is left to grow unchecked.
Persist. If the council do not act to control the weed infestation then raise the issue again.
The Benefits. The cost of treatment is low whereas compared with the drop in property value. In other words,
the benefit to the community and property values vastly outweighs the cost of treatment.
Is your council doing enough to stop the spread of invasive weeds? If not, tell them. It may cost you tens of thousands of pounds if your property is under valued because of weeds on adjacent land.
For further advice on this subject, contact Invasive Weeds Agency here or call us on 0845 676 9252.
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