What to do when you find Japanese knotweed

PCA’s Technical Manager for Invasive Weeds Peter Fitzsimons, spoke on the BBC Radio Ulster – On Your Behalf programme about Japanese Knotweed. The programme discusses ‘the issues with Japanese Knotweed, what to do and what not to do when you find it on your propertyTo listen please click the link, the article is 27 minutes in: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00003t3

How to identify Japanese knotweed

If you’re concerned a fast growing plant in your garden may be Japanese knotweed, here’s what to look out for:

Bamboo like stems, which are green with purple speckles

Zig-zag stems with flat leaves, heart shaped at the very tip

Roots that snap like a carrot, with an orange circle to them

Japanese Knotweed Court of Appeal Judgement – Success for Homeowners

The judgment in the Waistell v Network Rail case has concluded that once Japanese knotweed encroaches onto another property this amounts to physical damage and is an actionable nuisance. For the full report click here: https://www.judiciary.uk/judgments/network-rail-infrastructure-limited-v-stephen-williams-and-robin-waistell/

Japanese knotweed on the BBC

An interesting listen – This article includes a discussion on the up-coming Williams vs Network Rail case (claim for compensation by a private property owner living adjacent to a railway embankment with a long-standing JKW infestation); how it has progressed so far and its implications for setting legal precedents for future (potential) claims.

Click here to listen: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b7fj36 (After the first 30 seconds jump to 19 minutes 45 seconds to catch the start of the feature which lasts approximately 8 minutes).