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Japanese Knotweed Removal

It may look attractive but, according to the Environment Agency, Japanese Knotweed 'is the most invasive species of plant in Britain'. It grows and spreads rapidly and as a result prevents the surrounding vegetation from growing. For the Constructor and Landscaper, finding Japanese Knotweed on site is a major cause for concern.

Japanese Knotweed is classed as controlled waste. Not disposing of it properly is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act, 1990. Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, allowing the spread of Japanese Knotweed into the wild is also an offence.

Extreme care should be taken when dealing with Japanese Knotweed. All cut or pulled stems can potentially re-sprout and spread. There are two options available. Either the material is kept on site, or disposed of at a licensed landfill. The landfill must provide deep burial to prevent spread onto other sites.

For advice on the best way to remove Japanese Knotweed from your site, call our team of experts who will be pleased to talk you through the next steps.

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