We WILL cut grass on all District Council owned land, i.e.
Weed spraying on main roads, alleyways and public footpaths is routinely programmed in for the first spray in July and a follow up in September. Due to the nature of the schedule we don't have the capacity to do reactive work.
Responsibility for controlling Japanese Knotweed rests with the landowner or occupier of the land. We take appropriate action when Japanese Knotweed is found on the land and open spaces we manage. This involves minimising the risk of it spreading and aiming to eradicate it in line with good practice.
Japanese knotweed is listed on Schedule 9, Part II of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 making it an offence Under Section 14 (2) (a) of the Act to “plant or otherwise cause Japanese knotweed to grow in the wild”. The Environment Agency Knotweed Code of Practice states: “It is not an offence to have Knotweed on your land and it is not a notifiable weed”. It is generally thought that private land and in particular gardens do not come within the definition of wild. However,allowing it to spread from your garden may be an offence.
The 'Environmental Protection Act 1990' classes discarded weed or soil which contained rhizomes as 'controlled waste' to which the Duty of Care applies.
Soil containing rhizomes can be regarded as contaminated land and as such has to be disposed of at a suitably licensed landfill site. When disposing of the material the landfill operator needs to be aware of the presence of the Knotweed to ensure it is buried appropriately.
It is recommended that you do not try to cut the weed down, mow or strim it. This can make it spread.
Government Guidance explains how to control and dispose of Japanese Knotweed through chemical spraying and burning.
Please contact us if you think Japanese Knotweed is growing on our land or open spaces. We take responsibility for managing our land seriously, but do not have the resources to assess knotweed on land that we are not responsible for. If you believe that the weed is on your neighbour’s land and is, or is at risk of, spreading to your land, then you should consider what steps to take.
If you haven’t already done so, we recommend that you try to speak with your neighbour as they may not realise it is an issue. If this doesn’t help, then you may be able to take private action against them and you should take independent advice from citizens advice bureau or a solicitor about doing so.
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