When Should I Report Japanese Knotweed?
Although you are not legally required to do so, you may want to report the presence of Japanese knotweed to the relevant authorities if it’s damaging the environment or at risk of encroaching onto your property. Doing this will help the government monitor the spread of the invasive plant which has the ability to grow 10cm a day and can quickly overwhelm other plant species and threaten ecosystems.
Should I Report Japanese Knotweed When Selling My Home?
If you’re selling a property with Japanese knotweed, you must be upfront and honest with the estate agent. During the sales process you’ll be required to fill in a TA6 Property Information Form which records all the facts about the property and land up for sale. At this stage, you must answer all questions truthfully, including those relating to the presence of invasive plants like Japanese knotweed on your land. If you don’t answer truthfully, it could lead to a misrepresentation claim against you which could delay or even prevent the sale of the property.
Meanwhile, potential property buyers concerned about potential risks from Japanese knotweed can take out Japanese knotweed indemnity insurance. This policy would cover the cost of a full knotweed survey, the plant’s treatment or removal, the cost of property damage and subsequent restoration, plus legal expenses for a claim made against you.
How do I Report Japanese Knotweed Fly-Tipping?
If you suspect the act of fly-tipping of Japanese knotweed you should immediately contact the Environmental Agency by email (email@example.com) or via their 24-hour freephone number (0800 80 70 60). It is a criminal offence to fly tip any material containing Japanese knotweed, and doing so is punishable with up to two years’ imprisonment and an unlimited fine.
The fly-tipping of Japanese knotweed can occur when commercial site owners are unwilling to pay for the treatment of knotweed on their land. As a result, they excavate and fly tip the contaminated area, and in doing so they promote the spread of knotweed root fragments and rhizomes which regrow after lying dormant for 20 years.
How do I Report Japanese Knotweed to Network Rail?
You can report the presence of Japanese knotweed to Network Rail via their helpline (0345 711 4141). Perhaps your property backs onto a railway line and you fear knotweed is present? Maybe you’re a keen conservationist determined to prevent its spread along exposed railway verges? If you’ve issued a request to Network Rail and have not received a response, you may be entitled to compensation, especially if your property or land is affected.
If you suspect Japanese knotweed is present on your property or land, you’ll need a survey to identify it before planning for its treatment or eradication. Japanese Knotweed Specialists are PCA-qualified specialists with extensive experience in knotweed solutions for both public and private land and property owners. Book your Japanese knotweed survey today.