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Japanese Knotweed

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by tinmanofkent, May 9, 2015.

  1. tinmanofkent

    tinmanofkent Witchfinder General

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    On my way to my dad's stables today I saw this growing at the roadside.

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    Im pretty sure it's Japanese Knotweed. It looks really out of place in the natural hedgerow it is growing from. Is this something that is notifiable and do the council deal with it at the roadside?
     
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    Yes Tinman, you need to report it ASAP. Are there any properties nearby? This stuff is bad news.

    I have a friend who has to deal with stuff, I've sent him the picture so he can confirm it.
     
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    It takes some killing!!! But it does need reporting!!!
     
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    I'll say, they have to inject it with a chemical syringe about a half a dozen times. If it gets near your house, very bad news.
     
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    Widespread around here, on any neglected land. Like all plants, it needs sunlight, so can be controlled by regular cutting.
    Never see it growing on regularly mowed lawns etc. though if it's established on a neighbouring property then almost impossible to keep yours clear.
     
  6. tinmanofkent

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    I will tell the council.

    Probably cost them a pretty penny lol!
     
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    Doubt they'll do anything, unless this is an isolated incident.
     
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    I think they have to deal with it by law. We have to report it by law also, if my mates not winding me up about the stuff.
     
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    I haven't bothered to google it but, I think it's the root system that's the issue. If you see it near a property, it's roots spread about 5m or something silly. You won't sell a property if this stuff is nearby.

    http://www.knotweedmanagement.co.uk/fact-file/
     
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    A couple of miles from me it's all along the canal towpath, been there since I was a lad and nothings been done about it, we used to make super pea shooters with the stuff, but yes it is wicked and take's some getting rid of.
     
  11. tinmanofkent

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    I have reported it to Bromley Council. If they act as fast as when I reported a mouldy mini scotch egg I got from a shop (and put in my mouth), I should receive a reply around October.
     
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    Are you sure you are not meaning Balsam Steve? It's all up our water ways too is that stuff,Pink flowers and a nasty smell!!!!!
     
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    I would be very careful how you treat it as ive heard it can spread more aggresivly.
    IIRC correctly giant hogweed looks similar?
     
  14. Harwich Shooter

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    You can cook it and eat it like Rhubarb if that helps.
     
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    Are there any laws against picking it and moving it like there are laws so you can't return signal crayfish if you catch them?
     
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    From your link http://www.knotweedmanagement.co.uk/fact-file/
    In the UK, it’s illegal to plant, or cause this species to grow, in the wild but it’s not an offence to simply have it growing in your garden or on your land.

    Lots of other more negative I info too. Very informative
     
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    When its putting out the young shoots its supposed to be quite tasty
     
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    a couple of years back there was something about it in the local rag, basically the building that was used in byker grove was over run with it and couldn't or didn't sell for what it was worth due to knotweed.
     
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    Yes, you can't transfer it from the site or you'll be liable to prosecution. It's a notifiable weed and should be fenced off. Can be killed quite easily by regular spraying regime, but needs to be done by a registered treatment specialist who will also provide a guarantee for 10 years generally. It can start to grow from a piece of rhizome (root) the size of your thumbnail.

    Most of the rivers and streams have knotweed on them, the water is perfect for the plant to spread.

    Giant hogweed is different and looks like massive rhubarb leaves. It grows to a few meters high and has spikes on the stem that can damage your skin to the point where the pigment will be removed and the skin will never tan. Nasty stuff.

    I've had to get both removed from sites before re-development so I've got a bit of experience with them.
     
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    My neighbour who is 'the font of all knowledge' regarding Japanese Knotweed and wears a white paper suit complete with high vis and goggles to prove it, say's that syringing the stem a few inches above ground is the only effective method and spraying is ineffective..Just saying what the man tells me daily!!!! :facepalm::lalala:
     

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