The Wigan Council is planning on a campaign that will target the eradication of the Japanese Knotweed which has been a menace in the borough. The weed, which is very destructive, has invaded and rampaged over 700 spaces. The weed can, once it has taken root, can destroy other flora in the environment, leading to a complete damage in vegetation and climate.
In their plan, the council says they need to spend over £300k within a period of three years for the fight against the weed. Each of the three years, they need to set aside £100k for the budget. This is the cheapest approach they have to take to reduce the menace and prevent the spread of destructive knotweed. They are currently looking forward to the approval of the plan.
In their report, the Wigan Council reported that the situation cannot be left unattended. According to the statement they gave, if the weed manages to enter into private properties, they could be held responsible for any outcome of loses from the damage the weed causes. They also pointed out that it is more expensive to hire contractors for the control of the weed. Essentially, they said that that could cost millions of Pounds.
The “Invest to Save” Program:
Recently, Robin Waistell, a residence of Cardiff, won a court case which has been running for four years and was compensated for the invasion of the Japanese knotweed which had grown from the railway line. This plant can also hinder housing development when it spreads in the neighborhood. The LDPS said that their plan for the fight against the weed is an “invest to save” scheme.
According to the plans, the budget targets hiring four people of the council. The plan was drawn by the land management team of the council. Other organizations were also involved in the planning, including the Canal and Rivers Trust as well as the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.
The Knotweed and the Law:
In a statement by the Department of Development, causing non-native plants to grow, or planting them, can lead to an imprisonment of up to two years. You can also face hefty fines for the damages you cause for your careless actions.
If you allow the Japanese knotweed to grow on someone’s property, you can also face prosecution. A community protection notice can also be applied in this case. This calls for maximum care even on your own property to ensure that there are no non-native plants growing in your compound that can land you in the hands of the law.
Prevention is Better than “Cure”:
Early this year, the Swansea University conducted a study on the Japanese knotweed, and they ascertained that it is impossible to eradicate the weed once it has invaded. You can only manage to reduce it. For this reason, the scholars advised preventive measures should be taken to curb the menace.
On Monday, a report given in regard to the plan that was presented before the scrutiny committee said that it is unnecessary and unaffordable to address all the instances of INNS. They, however, said that the hogweed is an exception in this matter because of the massive damage they cause on a property. The consequences pose a threat to both human and animal lives.