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Japanese knotweed is a lot more common in the UK than you may have realised, the telegraph has reported it is said to cost the UK economy over £40 million a year! This plant originates from Asia and was first brought to the UK in1950 in a box delivered to Kew Gardens, it was very popular due to the pretty flowers! The fast growing roots mean that this plant has spread overtime across the whole of the UK.


Environet are experts at removing Japanese Knotweed and they have further details on how to remove this, we will copy the link at the end.


Environment have stated that it will be a lot more difficult to sell an affected property and can impact the value by an average of 10%. Sellers are required by law to disclose the presence of knotweed, if they do not then they run a risk of expensive misrepresentation claim in the courts.


Here are the top 6 reasons why Japanese knotweed should be removed from residential properties:

1.    Protect your assets – by protecting your property you can get the highest value and save potential buyers walking away from the home.

2.    A growing problem – knotweed is programmed to grow its underground rhizome system extending year on year! It is a problem that will not go away on its own.

3.    Nuisance neighbours – those who allow it to spread also diminish the value of their neighbour’s property, this can lead to disputes, costly civil claims.

4.    Damage – the knotweed can cause damage to the property.

5.    DIY Disasters – if you want to add that conservatory, summer house or home office tackle the knotweed first.

6.    The heavy hand of the law – An injunction or community protection notice can be enforced to encourage people to act on removing the knotweed from their property.

Japanese Knotweed and Invasive Plant Specialists | Environet UK