Independent Gardeners Team Up To Help Fight Knotweed

The fight against Japanese Knotweed is one fought in both public spaces and private spaces, unfortunately sometimes this invasive plant works it’s way into the homes of people who simply can’t afford it. For the uninitiated, Japanese Knotweed is a bamboo like plant which has the capacity to grow up to 20cm a day during the summer. It can quickly overrun a garden, inhibiting the growth of other plants and even pushing through sheds, paving and brick walls. This quick growing plant also carries some hefty legal ramifications with it.

As experienced gardeners we’re trained to recognise invasive plants in our clients’ gardens, but we’re not well versed on the legal side of things. When a few of us started noticing large patches of Japanese Knotweed growing in various gardens we got in touch with some legal experts in Knotweed law to see what we were up against. It turns out there are several laws that govern the control and management of Japanese Knotweed, some of which can lead to pretty severe punishments if they’re not adhered to. We were able to get some valuable advice from our legal team and then communicate this to our clients, although we soon found that many of these people did not have the funds to pay for the removal of the plants!”

Max, Simon and Paul all run separate gardening businesses, but they’ve been friends for a long time. After discovering that many of their clients were struggling to deal with this potentially ruinous scourge they decided to act on the legal advice that they were given and work together to help stamp out this menace.

Although we couldn’t afford to pay for the expensive glysophate solution that many bigger firm use to slowly kill the Knotweed, we did know a number of guys with large diggers that could help us dig out the plants. The roots of the Knotweed plant are the most difficult to deal with, just the tiniest fragment can replicate itself into a completely new plant! Thanks to the help of our friends, we were able to dig out the infected plant matter and dispose of it properly, saving our clients a lot of worry, as well as money.”