On track to solve knotty problem

We’ve touched on the blight of Japanese knotweed before and the major problems it can pose to homes.

The menace can spread quickly, especially from areas such as wasteland and railway embankments.

Now householders have new hope in tackling the plant if it has encroached upon their property.

A Court of Appeal ruling recently found that Network Rail – which is responsible for rail infrastructure – was liable for damages to two residents whose homes had halved in value because knotweed on its land had invaded their gardens.

Network Rail says it does treat knotweed on its land for up to three to five years or until the problem is eradicated.

Wherever it comes from, knotweed needs to be dealt at the very first signs of appearance as it can cause serious structural problems.

Read more at www.theguardian.com/money/2018/jul/27/japanese-knotweed-network-raid-liability-compensation