Japanese Knotweed was initially introduced into the UK as an ornamental plant by the Victorians, who believed the plant would strengthen structures. It was only later it come to light that Japanese Knotweed in fact ruins structural foundations and could bring homes down to the rubble. So why is it that YOU are liable to get your growth treated, if you didn’t ask for Japanese Knotweed on your land? Why is it so important to eradicate your infestation of Japanese Knotweed today?
Nine times out of ten, Japanese Knotweed was brought onto your land accidentally, which isn’t such great news for the land-owner, as it means you are liable to stop the spread of the growth. Simply having the weed growing on your land is not illegal, although allowing it to spread is, as it can devalue properties by up to 50%. The most effective way of prohibiting growth is to treat the Knotweed, as it ensures the growth is tackled, and therefore the weed cannot be spread.
If you allow Japanese Knotweed to spread onto neighbouring land, you could be liable for not only the treatment of the Knotweed, but also the devaluation caused to the adjacent properties. This has recently been evidenced through Waistell v Network Rail, where residents of an opposing railway line have sued the company for potential devaluation, and have been successful. Even though there was no Knotweed on their land, the judge ruled in their favour, purely because there is potential for the damage to be done!
If you have require us to eradicate your infestation of Japanese Knotweed, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 0800 1337 444!