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 property‘ To listen please click the link, the article is 27 minutes in: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00003t3
There has been much in the press about Japanese knotweed this week; here is a link to what we think is a more balanced approach from the PCA: https://www.property-care.org/trade-association-sets-the-platform-for-debate-around-new-japanese-knotweed-findings/
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
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/
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).