Invasive Weeds

Invasive weed control

Invasive weeds - Greenway Lawn ServicesGreenway is able to tackle invasive weeds using herbicide treatments; these include Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hog weed and Himalayan Balsam. Japanese Knotweed can cause horrific damage to property if left.

Japanese Knotweed was introduced to the UK in 1825 and widely planted as an exotic garden ornamental before the invasive nature of the plant became clear. Japanese Knotweed is probably the most invasive plant in Britain and is scheduled under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act so that it is an offence to plant or cause it to grow in the wild. In addition under the Environment Protection Act (1990) Japanese Knotweed is classified as ‘controlled waste’ and must be disposed of at a licensed landfill site in accordance with the Environment Protection Act (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991.

As a home owner your primary responsibility is to ensure that if you have knotweed on your land it should not be allowed to spread onto an adjacent property.

The most cost effective control method is a programme of chemical treatment. Greenway offer a strategy of chemical treatments, using chemicals and methods approved by the Environment Agency.

All chemical application operatives are trained to the highest NPTC standards demanded by strict UK regulations.

The herbicides are applied via either a foliar spray or by stem injection system. Foliar spraying is weather dependant when little wind and no rain is forecast, Stem injection can be used in any weather and on sensitive areas or amongst borders etc.

The process may take up to 3-5 years of herbicide treatments to get under control with a large outbreak, but less on a smaller more contained outbreak.

What are the legal implications if you have Japanese knotweed?

  • Possible fine or prison sentence for allowing its spread.
  • You must not allow Japanese Knotweed to spread onto adjacent land – the owner of that land could take legal action against you.
  • You must not allow or encourage the spread of Japanese Knotweed – this includes moving contaminated soil from one place to another or incorrectly handling and transporting contaminated material and cuttings.
  • You do not need to notify anyone with it on your own land.
  • You are not obliged to remove or treat on your own land.
  • In many cases, invasive weeds are not affected by legal obligations. However, some non-native invasive plants have strict rules under which they must be managed.

Invasive weeds - Greenway Lawn ServicesThe main law to be aware of is the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 which states ‘if any person plants or otherwise causes to grow in the wild any plant which is included in Part II of schedule 9, he shall be guilty of an offence’. The legislation aims to ensure that weeds are not spread by careless planting or cross-contamination via infested soils. Anyone convicted of an offence under Section 14 of the WCA 1981 may face a fine of £5000 and/or 6 months imprisonment or 2 years and/or unlimited fine on indictment.

Any waste material generated from plants included in the Wildlife and Countryside Act will fall under the control of part 2 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Other legislation to be aware of are the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 (HWR 2005) and the Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994.

Where Japanese Knotweed is concerned, there can be NO absolute guarantees or warranties because of the nature of the plant.

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