Japanese Knotweed: A problem plant, or just a weed?


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Japanese knotweed is a non-native invasive plant which grows very tall and is difficult to control. Its fast growth rate and damaging roots lead to lending restrictions and reduced valuations.

Peter Fitzsimons, Technical Manager at Property Care Association asks the question ‘Is this a problem plant, or is Japanese knotweed ‘just a weed’?  He helps to understand the legislation regarding invasive species; the importance of reporting knotweed in surveys (RICS Guidance) TA6 Property information Form and gives techniques for managing knotweed.



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