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Japanese Knotweed Legislation

It is not against the law to have Knotweed on your land. The problem is because of the destructive nature of the plant you are liable to be sued if it encroaches on other people’s property and especially if it causes damage. (The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 section 14) In Scotland since July 2012 conviction of the offence of knowingly or unknowingly planting Knotweed carries a £40,000 fine and or imprisonment. 

In my opinion, using the courts should be a last resort and speaking to a neighbour is the best option. I have for many customers liaised on their behalf and their neighbours and have given them my expert advice or have surveyed the problem and discussed prices and eradication plans with, so far, total success. Sometimes it works out that dividing the costs between tenants and or owners is the best way. 

New legislation now covers its control if you have got Japanese Knotweed on your property, and it is causing a detrimental effect, of a persistent or continuing nature, on the quality of life of those in the locality and that the conduct is unreasonable, this includes failure to act- a community protection notice can be used against us. Basically an ASBO but it is easy to avoid such legislation once acted upon.

Useful Links

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GOV.UK 
Environmental management guidance, japanese knotweed, giant hogweed and other invasive plants
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COUNCIL OF MORTGAGE LENDERS
Mortgage lenders will expect the presence of Japanese Knotweed to be noted on a residential valuation report. RICS Red Book guidance requires the valuer to indicate the presence of 'invasive vegetation'
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ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
Japanese Knotweed, Invasive Garden Plants
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INTERPUMP GROUP UK 
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ALL PUMPS DIRECT UK
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ALL PRESSURE SPRAYERS DIRECT UK
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ALL FUEL PUMPS AND LUBRICATION EQUIPMENT DIRECT UK
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JS PUMP UK
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