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ECS recommend that the problem of Japanese Knotweed should not be ignored on any developer’s land banks.
If a Japanese Knotweed eradication programme is instigated in the pre-development or early stages of a development schedule Japanese Knotweed eradication costs are significantly reduced, and the eradication options available are more varied.
Often developers have no alternative option but to use the instant, on the spot solution of a Dig and Dump methodology, which whilst highly effective and successful can be a costly resolution. Early planning would enable the use of other viable Japanese Knotweed eradication solutions such as spraying in-situ or stock piling which in the right scenarios can be just as effective and which are considerably more financially advantageous to the developer.
ECS offer free site surveys which come complete with a full bespoke management plan. The management plan will outline the eradication methodology, time scales involved, ecological impacts (if any) and a competitive quote for the works.
ECS can also advise on planning issues, legal problems, ecological issues, with the Environment Agency or SEPA along with control methods for all other invasive weeds within the UK and Ireland.
Concerned you have Japanese Knotweed on your site?
- Do consult ECS –to have your site inspected by a qualified Japanese Knotweed Specialist for the presence of any infestation before you commence any works.
- Do implement a management plan especially if several contractors are to be involved on the site. An understanding and awareness of Japanese Knotweed is a crucial factor in achieving substantial cost reductions. If correct treatment is commenced as soon as possible the cost of eradication will be significantly less.
- Do cordon off the knotweed to prevent any disturbance of the plant by workers, vehicles or members of the public and the risk of accidental cross site contamination.
- Do consult ECS – if in doubt, unsuccessful treatments from incorrect spraying etc. will only damage the plant rather than eradicate it. Japanese Knotweed plants which have had previous ineffective spraying treatment will have significantly smaller damaged leaves which in turn reduces the amount of herbicides the plant can absorb leading to an increase in eradication time.
- Don’t allow a site scrape to be conducted on a development site until it has been properly inspected for Japanese knotweed by a trained invasive weeds specialist.
- Don’t delay or postpone any Japanese Knotweed eradication works until the development is ready to proceed
- Don’t leave future development sites open to public access, fly tipping is one of the main causes for the spread of Japanese Knotweed infestations across the UK.
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