Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is causing some concern with some lenders and valuers. Some weeds are invasive and can grow through the brickwork of a property causing severe damage, as with the case of the Japanese knotweed.

Japanese knotweed was introduced to Britain in the 19th century as an ornamental plant but it has become widespread. Japanese knotweed can grow through concrete and tarmac, the plant can grow a metre in a month and a 1cm section of underground stem can produce a new plant in 10 days!! These stems can remain dormant in soil for 20 years before producing new plants.

With lenders reviewing the policy on Japanese knotweed it could now be a case that the lender will not go to offer, however some lenders will consider going to offer if you have the Japanese knotweed eradicated and can provide a certificate of guarantee for a minimum number of years.

If you think you might have Japanese knotweed you should Contact the professionals. Members of the Invasive Weed Control section of the PCA are qualified and regulated in Japanese Knotweed management and can deliver efficient, effective and reliable treatment.

Do not ignore Japanese knotweed when you see it in your garden or building plot. It can grow quickly and costs will grow as the plant does. If you want information on Japanese Knotweed, a good first step is to read through the Environment Agency Guide – Vegetation Projects.

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