Property owners who fail to take action to control Japanese knotweed and other invasive non-native plants are now subject to either fines or an Anti-Social Behaviour Order [ASBO]. These fines can be up to £2,500 for individuals and £20,000 for companies.
What is meant by “fail to take action” is property owners not controlling Japanese knotweed where it is affecting the quality of life of those in the community. Japanese knotweed has been known to be a pest for a long time, with the ability to grow through tarmac, drains and walls it can cause significant damage to a property.
The other non-native invasive plants subject to these rules are Himalayan balsam and giant hogweed which can also cause damage to properties and health.
To remove these plants, take a lot of time and expertise. There are different ways of removing the plants depending on time frames and what your time frame is like.Over the counter herbicides and weedkillers can help control the issue for a short period of the time, Japanese knotweed can enter a dormant state if herbicides are applied and wait for better conditions for it to continue growing. To remove the problem get in touch with a speaclist japanese knotweed removal team who will be able to talk you through all the options available.