The government throws the towel in against Japanese Knotweed

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Japanese knotweed is now a mind-boggling pest that the United Kingdom’s government has thrown out and given up on the notion of a nationwide Japanese knotweed removal plan. Japanese knotweed has become so widespread that it’s not possible to locate a six-mile square area of the UK mainland that is free from at least traces of Japanese knotweed.

George Eustice, a minister for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), is quoted as saying:

“There are no plans to attempt a national eradication because the cost would be prohibitively expensive and likely to be unsuccessful given the widespread distribution of the species.”

Mr Eustice also said that that the cost of a nationwide eradication programme could cost a mind-boggling:

£1.5 billion.

DEFRA have made attempts and efforts to naturally cull Japanese knotweed previously by releasing Japanese knotweed eating insects called psyllids. Regrettably such insects, that are used throughout Japan, couldn’t acclimate to the weather in the UK and died out, long before they were able to have an impact on culling the invasive weed.

Mr Eustice said:

“To date research has not shown significant or sustainable impacts, because only small populations of the psyllid have survived in the wild.”

Although the government have decided that fighting Japanese knotweed is too expensive for them to purse, Japanese knotweed legislation is as strict as it’s ever been – with fines and jail time a possibility for those people and home owners not abiding by these laws.

Knotweed Services are leading the way

Despite the goverment of the UK surrendering to the invasion of Japanese Knotweed – Knotweed Services UK continue in their quest to eradicate and control Japanese Knotweed infestations that our customers are battling with. We can and will eradicate this menacing nuisance.

Knotweed Services UK are rated and approved by the Property Care Association, Trust Mark, Safe Contractor and Constructionline. These regulatory bodies make sure that that we are efficient enough to deliver a superior standard of Japanese knotweed treatment and removal and provide a GPI backed guarantee.

Japanese knotweed continues to be featuring heavily in the news (radio, TV and news papers). The government has recently introduced laws and penalties for those that don’t manage their Japanese knotweed invasion. You can now be fined upto £2500 (£20,000 if you’re a company) and receieve an ASBO!!

Discovering Japanese Knotweed on or around your property can be quite distressing. Knotweed Services UK understand that no one wants to be told their property is worth less because of an aggressive weed in their garden however Japanese Knotweed will inevitably devalue your property. Eradicating it yourself would be very difficult and would require lots of time researching the plant properly. It would also require you to purchase expensive equipment, that’s why we strongly suggest using a specialist contractor such as ourselves. We have the professional training and experience to effectively eradicate any Japanese Knotweed infestation.

Knotweed Services UK are PCA approved. The PCA is a government approved trade body for “the damp, waterproofing, wood preservation and invasive weeds industries”. As a member of the PCA we are required to adhere to strict standards in order to receive PCA membership. The application for membership is detailed and thorough. It is for these reasons that any company approved by the PCA can be trusted to provide the most effective solutions for Japanese knotweed removal. To find out more about the PCA please click here.

Please watch the video below to find out the benefits of choosing a PCA approved Japanese knotweed contractor:

If you are trying to sell your property and your surveyor finds Japanese Knotweed on their initial report you are sure to run into problems. The process may be delayed or cancelled all together. This does not have to be the case. In order to sell your property you may need a management plan to be in place; this plan will show that you are dealing with your Japanese Knotweed infestation and that it will not be a problem by the time the plan is completed. We will create a personal management plan for every customer. The plans are very in depth and are backed by our warranty meaning you can sleep easy knowing that your infestation is being taken care of.

If you are a homeowner who has found Japanese Knotweed on or around your property let us know as soon as you can. The sooner we know the sooner we can eradicate your Japanese Knotweed. Or if you are surveyor and need a management plan to be created we can also do this for you, saving you the time.


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