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Invasive Weeds

Japanese Knotweed was introduced into the UK by the Victorians as an ornamental garden plant. Since its introduction, it has spread rapidly, and become an unwanted aggressive coloniser of the rural and urban environment. Management of this invasive species is both difficult and can be costly if left unchecked, new estimates suggest it costs the UK economy £150m a year.

Japanese Knotweed is regulated by several pieces of legislation covering the control, handling and disposal of the plant, they include the following:

  • The Wildlife and Countryside Act (as amended) 1981
  • The Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986
  • The Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • The Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991

In addition to legislation, there may be instances where third parties would seek damages from Landowners for allowing Japanese Knotweed to spread to neighbouring sites. This puts a duty of care on the landowner with Japanese Knotweed infestations to be proactive in the control and eradication of it. Managing land that is infested by Japanese Knotweed in an appropriate manner can avoid:

  • Excessive costs.
  • Possible prosecution or compensation claims from third parties.
  • Physical damage to buildings, structures and hard surfaces.
  • Harm to the environment.

On infested development sites where Planning permission has been applied for, it may generally be refused unless an effective control programme is in place. There are a number of recognised methods of managing Japanese Knotweed that may be utilised depending upon the level of infestation and the type of site.

Landowners who are considering controlling Japanese Knotweed should be careful of claims from companies who offer a service guaranteeing total eradication - the plant is difficult to control and can lie dormant in the ground for many years.

Should you have or think you have Japanese Knotweed growing on your land, then please contact us for advice or a free site survey. We will provide the most economic Japanese Knotweed control advice dependent on a clients individual requirements.

Connick Tree Care has a separate division of operatives trained and qualified in invasive weed control and in addition our company is registered with the Environment Agency to carry controlled waste.

You can find out more about Japanese Knotweed and other invasive weeds such as Giant Hogweed and Himalayan Balsam on our Connick Ground Care website.

Please contact us for help and advice with Japanese Knotweed or other invasive weed species.

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Recent Customer Feedback

"Thank you for an excellent job done."

23rd April 2017 - Mrs. Lee, Burgess Hill, West Sussex 

"Excellent service from the speed of response to the initial request for a quotation to remove a large tree, receipt of quotation and the actual removal of the tree today.  Site left clean and tidy, great job."

3rd April 2017 - Mr. Robertson, Epsom, Surrey

"I wanted to get back in touch to say how pleased we are at the lopping off of about a third of the height of our row of ornamental pears. They are in full bloom now and look really nice."

3rd April 2017 - Mr. Dipple, Uckfield, East Sussex 

"We are very happy with the works carried out to the ash trees in our garden. The team were very professional, careful, polite and cleared up all the mess generated. Really, a great job!."

29th March 2017 - Mrs. Gorridge, St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex 

"James and his colleague who completed the work were brilliant and 100% professional and no doubt an asset to your company."

28th March 2017 - Mr. Gillam, Hove, East Sussex 

"Front garden left neat and tidy. Completed quickly and very professional service. Many thanks."

22nd March 2017 - Ms. Sutton, Reigate, Surrey 

"Excellent work, staff very professional, all rubbish cleaned away, site left nice and tidy."

11th March 2017 - Mr. McCutchon, Reigate, Surrey 

"Excellent team led by Carl who is very professional and friendly. All work done as agreed and fully tidied up afterwards."

7th March 2017 - Mr. Baldwin, Epsom, Surrey

"Having dealt with several Tree Surgeons over the past few years, it was refreshing to have your three Connick guys on site. They were very professional and efficient and left the site spotless."

3rd March 2017 - Mr. Sayers, Hurstpierpoint College, West Sussex

"Good job, well done. Cleaned site after. Will use again. Excellent tree care. "

27th February 2017 - Mrs. White, Leyton, London

"Matthew and Neil were punctual, very polite, did a beautiful job on the trees and cleaned up nicely after. This is why we always come back to Connick. Would definitely recommend to family and friends. Thank you."

16th February 2017 - Mrs. Haworth, Espom, Surrey

"Jon and Matthew were very polite, knowledgable and informative. They worked hard and cleaned up at the end of the job. We are very happy with the work they carried out. Thank you"

16th February 2017 - Mrs. Brennan, Catford, London

"The men were very polite, knew what they were doing and cleared up afterwards, which is the worst part of any pruning job!"

14th February 2017 - Mrs. Nelson, Ashtead, Surrey

"Very pleased with the work done. The team also did a great job both of clearing up afterwards and not damaging the emerging snowdrops, aconites and cyclamen under the tree."

6th February 2017 - Mr. Alexander, Tadworth, Surrey

"10 out of 10. Excellent, as usual!"

20th January 2017 - Mr. Watson, Reigate, Surrey

"Excellent standard of work, competent, careful and courteous throughout."

11th January 2017 - Resident of Hove, East Sussex

"The work was completed in a very professional manner, very polite and left the garden completely cleared of debris. Would recommend to anyone."

6th January 2017 - Resident of Hassocks, East Sussex
 

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