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Japanese Knotweed - is this it?

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by SkipFeeney, 2 Apr 2019.

  1. SkipFeeney

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    Hi All,

    I am looking at buying a house next to a railway line, on further inspection i am worried there might be some Japanese knotweed growing just outside the fence. Can any experts confirm this?




    If it is Japanese Knotweed, its actually on Network Rails land - would this put you off buying the property? Can I insist Network Rail remove it?

    Thanks
     
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    Looks more like budlia
     
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    It looks to be buddleia.
     
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    As above, it is buddliea, also known as butterfly bush.
    Japanese knotweed has thick hollow stems, in the early 50’ we moved into a property with a large patch of it on edge of our garden and as kids used it for peashooters.In those days I dont think much was known about and no effort was made to get rid.
    It eventually went when the ground was dug away for an extension in the 70’s
     
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  6. EddieM

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    Yeah buddleia, extremely common on railways, no cause for concern. BTW WRT to Japanese knotweed, the landowner has a statutory duty to inform the environments agency about it (AFAIK) as it's classed as a biohazard.
     
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    What’s so bad about it?

    There’s a garden near me that’s fenced off with warning signs up.
     
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    It can grow through walls and foundations, easily spread and a pain for home owners iirc..
     
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    Not so sure about that anymore, I heard recently that the old information about JKW is a load of *******s.
     
  11. Notch7

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    Thats true, its invasive for sure, but is manageable

    There is a big patch on the industrial estate where I work, it gets sprayed regularly and it hasnt spread really.
     
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    Granted it was on TV but I saw a coupple of houses where they lifted the floorboards and it had breached the foundations and the roots were under the floor.

    Don't think mortgage lenders are too happy about it either?..
     
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