Japanese Knotweed, also known as Fallopia Japonica, has become a threat for the landowners in Renfrewshire as it can reduce the value of a property by thousands of pounds. This invasive plant having shield or heart-shaped leaves with purple-dotted green stems can grow up to 3 meters in height.
Usually, it grows through tarmac, brickwork, and concrete. Though it causes no harm to human health, it is a big threat to biodiversity. If its spread is not controlled, there are chances that it will gradually dislocate natural plants causing an imbalance in the system. As a matter of fact, using chemical herbicide is the most effective method of removing this weed permanently. However, this method can take up to 3 long years for permanent eradication.
The rapid spread of this plant has become a big trouble for Renfrewshire and the council is resolute to restrict the spread of this weed at the earliest. As stated by the Renfrewshire Council, it is the responsibility of the landowner and the tenant to effectively manage the spread of the weed. According to a new law, failure to control the spread of the Japanese Knotweed will be considered as an anti-social behavior order and it might result in a fine of up to £2,500. The Audit, Risk and Scrutiny Board of Renfrewshire has confirmed this in a recent meeting.
The council is hopeful that the new law leading to £2500 fines in Renfrewshire as Knotweed problem grows will help to bring the spread under control. Though professional contractors are the best persons to treat the plant, taking advantage of the situation, the contractors tend to charge a high amount for its treatment.
While a contractor can charge up to £2,000, upon doing it personally it will cost the landowners only £30 per year. This is one of the vital reasons why most of the residents are not interested to hire the contractors. Though it is expected from the Council to put a limitation on the price charged by the contractors, it is practically very difficult for the council to put a limitation on the cost across the Japanese knotweed UK removal scene.
However, the landowners can approach the local authority for getting suggestions to hire the best contractor for this purpose. Even though the authority wouldn’t directly recommend the name of any contractor as this will be against their policy, they will provide a list of questions to the landowners which they can ask the contractors while hiring. Since, Japanese Knotweed is a delicacy in Japan, the policy of the Council is not to remove it permanently but to prevent it from spreading.