Japanese knotweed is one of the most problematic plants in Britain, as it’s name suggests, it orignated from Japan and was initially seen as a decorative plant and a source of food for livestock. It is thought to have been introduced to the UK in around 1890.
The vigorous growth can damage buildings, structures and hard surfaces, and once it becomes established it can be particularly hard to control. Within its native range, Japanese knotweed rarely causes problems but without its natural enemies it out-competes our native plants and animals.
Correct disposal of knotweed is key, as spreading of the plant is a criminal offence in the UK under Section 14(2) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (WCA 1981), with a fine of up to £5000 and 6 months in prison. It is not illegal to have japanese knotweed on your land, but allowing Japanese knotweed to grow onto other peoples property may be regarded as a private nuisance under common law, but this would be a civil matter.
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