The wildlife wardens have become recently aware that the non-native invasive plant species Japanese Knotweed may be becoming more widespread within the parish. Japanese Knotweed has spread across most of the country over the last few decades and now presents a serious hazard to local wildlife. The plant spreads below ground growing in dense clumps that stops any other plant from growing and if left unchecked can takeover large areas. Unfortunately, the plant in this country has no natural predator so it can grow out of control.
When its presence is known, local landowners are taking action to remove it, but when the plant has become established it can be very difficult to eradicate.
Click on the link below to find out more about the plant and how to recognise it.
Under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, the responsibilities of the landowner are set out, see the link below:
To control it, cutting it down will not work, in fact it will make things worse as new plant can grow from a small fragment. Only the careful application of the correct weed killer will work and it can take between 2 to 3 years to take affect. Also you cannot place any of the plant remains in the green bin as this is illegal. It is best for it to dry out and then burn or dispose of as contaminated waste.
For the protection of our wildlife the presence of Japanese Knotweed is not welcomed, but if everyone does their part, its spread can be prevented.