1. Damage to your property. Japanese Knotweed can grow through tarmac, concrete, brick walls and foundations putting your property at risk.
2. Mortgage refusal. If you have Japanese Knotweed and are looking to sell your property, potential buyers may not be able to get a mortgage to purchase.
3. Planning permission refusal. If you are looking to buy, or own land, that has Japanese Knotweed growing on it then your local authority may refuse planning permission to develop the site.
4. Reduction in property or land values. The price of your land or property can be greatly affected if it is proven that you have Japanese Knotweed.
5. Nuisance to neighbours. If you have Japanese Knotweed spreading onto your neighbour’s property, and cannot come to amicable solution, you could have legal proceedings taken against you.
6. Aggressive growth. If you don’t control it, it will soon control you. Japanese Knotweed can spread from a single piece of its stem, and grow up to 4 inches per day.
7. The Environment. Because of Japanese Knotweeds vigorous growing, it outcompetes all other native plants not allowing them to grow.
8. Legal Responsibilities. Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act it is illegal to “plant or cause to grow” Japanese Knotweed in the wild.
9. “Controlled Waste.” Under the Environment and Protection Act 1990, requires disposal of Japanese Knotweed to licensed landfill sites making it illegal to dispose of it in your household recycling bin.
10. Peace of mind. Having a professional control your Japanese Knotweed not only give you a guarantee, it also gives you peace of mind that it won’t grow back.