- Fallopia japonica
What’s the problem?
- Legal implications
- Invasive non native species
- Rapidity of growth and spread
- Damage to buildings and hard surfaces
- Does not spread by seed
- Any part of plant capable of re-growth
- Possible refusal of mortgage/insurance
What are the legal implications?
Possible fine or prison sentence
- 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
- You are not obliged to remove or treat on your own land