Japanese knotweed and Giant hogweed have been present in the UK since they were introduced by the Victorians in the early 20th century. Only recently, the profile of these plants has sharply risen to become a common concern with developers, homeowners and gardeners. Both plant species are listed in the Wildlife and Countryside act 1981 section 9; a piece of legislation that outlines restrictions relating to the plants and their spread or sale.
Japanese knotweed has severe financial implications for any property or land owner who identifies an infestation on their land. Financial lenders are hesitant to provide any funds once a surveyor has identified Japanese knotweed. The Royal institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has written a document to assist surveyors with the identification, eradication and legislation surrounding the plant species. Eradicating Japanese knotweed can be a lengthy and frustrating process, however, patience is recommended as careless manipulation of the plant or contaminated soil can spread the plant and limit the number of available treatment methods.
The effects of Japanese knotweed on property are drastic. The presence of an infestation can halt the sale of a property and it is more than likely than a mortgage application will be declined. In Edinburgh and Glasgow such infestations are rife both with Victorian tenements and new developments such is the scale of Japanese knotweed infestation in Scotland. Invasive Weeds Agency (IWA) are regularly called to domestic properties to assess the extent of an infestation and initiate a management plant to get rid of Japanese knotweed from the communal garden. Since 2007, Invasive Weeds Agency has helped homeowners secure mortgages on properties affected by Japanese knotweed.
It is important that any infestation of Japanese knotweed is not removed from the site and disposed of elsewhere as this may lead to criminal charges against the handler. Residents often panic when Japanese knotweed is identified on their property but the best course of action is always to cease all gardening activity surrounding the infestation and contact a BASIS approved weed control company with the appropriate waste carrier licence.
At IWA, we aim to help our clients as to the best of our abilities within the set budget. We offer an excellent service at a fair price- something that is rare in an industry being flooded by incompetent cowboys operating under the banner of ‘trade body’ that has little or no support from the best companies in the business.
If you need advice from Scotland’s leading Japanese knotweed and Giant hogweed consultants and contractors, call Invasive Weeds Agency Ltd on 0845 676 9252, our head office’s local number on 0131 441 2953, or message us here.
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