Herpetosure Invasive Solutions (HIS) has the expertise and capability to eradicate, control, and manage, all Schedule 9 Invasive Weeds including Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam and giant hogweed.
Japanese Knotweed – The Problem
Japanese Knotweed is recognised by the Environment Agency as the UK’s most invasive species, as its aggressive growth causes extensive damage to buildings, foundations, and roads, resulting in costly delays to development projects along with hefty fines and potential imprisonment.
Japanese Knotweed – Information and Identification
Japanese Knotweed is an herbaceous perennial plant that first came from Asia to Europe in the mid-19th century as an ornamental plant. Amazingly Japanese knotweed is infertile due to all the plants brought to the country being female and so with no male plants to fertilise the seeds they are inviable. The plant therefore spreads vegetatively from the disturbance and movement of its stems and rhizome system; rhizome is an underground stem that roots and shoots develop from. A tiny fragment Japanese knotweed rhizome, as small 0.4g, is enough to spread the infestation elsewhere.
Japanese Knotweed – The Law
It is a statutory offence to cause or allow Japanese knotweed plants to grow in the wild and great care must be taken over disposal as waste regulations categorize all of the plants and contaminated soil as controlled waste. Adjoining owners may take civil action seeking damages due to the spread of Japanese knotweed onto their property.
Japanese Knotweed – The Solution
Herpetosure Invasive Solutions has a range of tried and trusted cost-effective environmentally aware solutions, to fit client’s timescales, budgets, and site specific requirements, as well as meeting all regulations.