Sadly there is a fair bit of Japanese Knotweed in the Queslett nature Reserve and as many gardeners will know it is very difficult to kill off. I am however continuing to request that the Parks department try and kill off this weed and to stop it spreading.
For your information
Japanese knotweed is a rapid growing weed which spreads and overwhelms other garden plants. How to identify:
- green shovel shaped leaves;
- stem is bamboo like in appearance;
- produces white flowers around September or October.
What you should know
- it is the landowner's responsibility to control these plants but they don't have to remove them;
- you should not try to remove or dispose of them as it could cause the plant to spread, which is an offence;
- you can't dispose of Japanese knotweed in your green bin (garden waste) or take it to the tip (household recycling centre) it must be disposed of as controlled waste;
- refer to the Environment Agency for further information.
If you are worried about Japanese Knotweed spreading from a neighbouring property, speak to the land owner in the first instance.
The Council will do what it can to contain the spread of Japanese knotweed on public land.