Posted: 17/07/2015 at 12:05
Is it true that land owners have a responsibilty to eliminate it? Judging by the profusion along the banks of the River Irwell, if it is true then Bolton and Salford Councils will have their work cut out destrying it on their own property and enforcing the destruction on private land. If I ever saw a young plant coming up in my locality [ not a prvate garden of course, there I would let the householder know what a menace they have] I would use one those hand held glyphosate sprays without consulting any land owner.
No, as the link I posted earlier shows https://www.gov.uk/prevent-the-spread-of-harmful-invasive-and-non-native-plants
"Prevent the spread of invasive, non-native plants
You must not plant in the wild or cause certain invasive and non-native plants to grow in the wild. This can include moving contaminated soil or plant cuttings. If you do, you can be fined or sent to prison for up to 2 years.
The most commonly found invasive, non-native plants include:
- Japanese knotweed
- giant hogweed
- Himalayan balsam
- Rhododendron ponticum
- New Zealand pigmyweed (this is banned from sale)
You’re not legally obliged to remove these plants or to control them. However, if you allow Japanese knotweed to grow onto other people’s property you could be prosecuted for causing a private nuisance. "