A Knotty Problem
The menace of Japanese knotweed has now become such a concern that the Government is threatening to issue Anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs).
Failure to control the spread of the alien invader – and other invasive non-native plants – could also result in a fine of up to £2,500 for individuals and up to £20,000 for companies.
The plant, infamous for driving wedges between pavements as well as harmonious neighbourly relations, is one of the most destructive in the country.
Some banks and mortgage companies are refusing to lend on properties with Japanese knotweed as it can cause significant damage to hard surfaces, structures and foundations as well as sewers and drains.
Himalayan balsam and giant hogweed are also on the ASBO hit-list.