Japanese Knotweed

The Problem

JKW can cause significant damage to construction work and has the power to grow through tarmac, paving stones, brickwork and cement. If left untouched JKW will out compete and smother are native species. The plant’s leaf canopy of broad leaves obstructs light to the ground preventing natural flora and fauna from growing. Dead vegetation decomposes slowly over a number of years and also obstructs light. It also creates a fire risk during the Summer months and during dry periods. The plant can survive extreme heat and is found in volcanic areas within its natural habitat so burning JKW will not eradicate it. All it takes is is a piece of rhizome less then 0.7g to grow a new plant.

  • Spring Growth


  • Summer


  • Winter


  • Flower


  • Leaves


  • Stems


  • Rhizone


Legislation: Law & Acts

Japanese knotweed is governed by numerous laws and acts concerning the way in which it is treated and disposed of, due to its damaging ability to spread aggressively if mishandled.

Countryside and Wildlife Act 1981

Section 14(2) of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 states that “If any person plants or otherwise causes to grow in the wild any plant which is included in part 2 of schedule 9, he shall be guilty of an offence.” Japanese knotweed is listed in this schedule and included within this legislation. Anyone convicted under section 14 of this act is liable to a fine of £5000 and/or 6 months imprisonment, or 2 years and/or an unlimited fine on indictment.


Greentown offer all treatment plans and also an insurance backed supervisory service when required.

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