Recent research has uncovered some insightful stats regarding the Japanese knotweed in the UK, which could pose a worry to homeowners in Wales and the West. In this blog, we talk about some of the most serious Japanese knotweed hotspots along the west coast.
According to House Beautiful, Wales and Bristol are particularly problematic areas for Japanese Knotweed, making up two of the top three worst-affected regions in the UK. While Bolton tops the list, Bristol isn’t far behind with over 100,000 active cases of Japanese knotweed.
A further article by Wales Online noted that “The Land of my Fathers” is particularly impacted by the vine from “The Land of the Rising Sun”, with areas like Llanelli, Caerphilly and Swansea all clocking in at well over 300 cases of JKW infestation.
“A Major Problem Across the UK”
Japanese knotweed expert, Nic Seal, noted that “Japanese knotweed has become a major problem across the UK, with areas of industrial heritage such as North Wales particularly badly affected”.
The Welsh government website also notes that, while spread throughout Wales, Japanese knotweed hotspots most commonly appear on sites that are disturbed by human activity such as railway lines, rubbish tips, old allotments, derelict land.
This fact was reinforced by the recent story of Network Rail having a myriad of issues with Japanese knotweed infestations on their land nationwide. If you happen to live in one of the Japanese knotweed hotspots we've described, or an area characterised by these traits - vigilance is key to keeping it under control.
Japanese Knotweed Surveys
Mr Seal went on to mention that “Anyone thinking about buying a property in or around these hotspots would be wise to (…) consider instructing a specialist to carry out a Japanese knotweed survey on the property to check for evidence of the plant.” Better safe than sorry, right?
However, that advice isn’t strictly reserved for buyers. Homeowners in Japanese knotweed hotspots that suspect they may have Japanese knotweed on their property could also benefit greatly from a Japanese knotweed survey. Early detection could make all the difference!
Japanese Knotweed Services
If you are looking to buy a property in an area commonly affected by Japanese knotweed or happen to suspect Japanese knotweed is already present on your existing property, your best course of action is to pick up the phone and call Taylor Weed Control today.
With over 15 years’ experience in the weed removal trade, we’ve crossed paths with this stubborn Oriental offender on countless occasions and have yet to meet an infestation too big or a challenge too steep for our team of pros to tackle.
Best of all, at Taylor Weed Control, we offer a Japanese knotweed survey completely FREE of charge to anyone based in South Wales or the South West. So, if you live in a Japanese knotweed hotspot, don't worry. Our knotweed experts will be able to identify an infestation in no time and recommend the best course of action to take from there.
For more information on our Japanese knotweed hotspots or our knotweed removal services, why not drop us a line? Call today on 029 2039 7554 or request a FREE Japanese knotweed survey now by clicking the button below.
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