Legislation on Japanese Knotweed

It is so damaging, that under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, it is an offence to plant or cause Japanese Knotweed to grow in the wild.   It is not illegal to have it on your land however you are responsible for preventing the plant from spreading to adjacent land or into the wild.  Failure to control Japanese Knotweed is considered a criminal office and may result in prosecution with penalties including imprisonment for up to 2 years and/or a fine.

For private property owners, it has been law since 2013 to state whether Japanese Knotweed is present on land when selling a property.  It is such an invasive and damaging plant that this assessment must be included on every home survey in the UK.  Mortgage lenders will require an eradication plan to be in place before they will loan against a property that has Japanese Knotweed present.

If you have Japanese Knotweed on your property, get a survey from JBB Knotweed Solutions today to ensure it is controlled before it becomes a problem for you or your neighbours.

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