Thursday, 27 October 2016
THE BATTLE AGAINST JAPANESE KNOTWEED IN THE QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE
For some weeks now I have been asking the Parks department to take action to deal with some aggressively growing Japanese knot weed in the Queslett Nature Reserve. It was beginning to move ominously close to nearby housing ( where it may have come from in the past?)
I was recently informed intensive spaying had took place to try and kill it off. Today thanks to being asked to a photo shoot to help promote the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve I managed to get time to inspect some of the work undertaken along with some of the FQNR team.
With its red stems and deep green leaves, it is a pretty enough plant however Japanese knotweed's beauty belies the fact it has become the scourge of British homeowners and parks. It is not a native plant but was introduce about 200 years ago to parks and gardens and just spread and spread.
It grows at a ridiculous rate, is near-impossible to get rid of. It can be dug out ( and this may years to do to get anywhere) but legislation means it has to be disposed of correctly. It can be sprayed but experts doing this is the best way forward.
I am just pleased the Parks department carried out my request for action and hope their spraying does the job.