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Japanese Knotweed

    You must prevent Japanese Knotweed on your land spreading into the wild.

    Soil or plant material contaminated with non-native and invasive plants like Japanese knotweed can cause ecological damage and may be classified as controlled waste.

    You do not have to remove Japanese Knotweed from your land, but you could be prosecuted or given a community protection notice for causing a nuisance if you allow it to spread onto anyone else’s property.

    Many non-native plants cannot be composted because:

    • they’re usually persistent
    • they’ll survive the composting process
    • they usually infest areas where the compost is used


    Before making a complaint regarding Japanese Knotweed please read carefully through the advice and guidance below:

     


     

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