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What are the legal implications of not controlling Japanese Knotweed?
By The JKL Team

What are the legal implications of not controlling Japanese Knotweed?

Question: What are the legal implications of not controlling Japanese Knotweed?

Answer: Failure to control Japanese Knotweed can lead to various legal issues, including potential disputes with neighbours and legal action for failure to manage the invasive species.

A Closer Look: 

Failing to control Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) can lead to serious legal consequences. Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, it is an offence to plant or cause Japanese Knotweed to grow in the wild. If the plant spreads from your property to a neighbouring property, you could be held liable for private nuisance. This legal principle allows affected neighbours to seek damages for the encroachment and any resultant property damage.

In addition to neighbour disputes, local authorities can issue Community Protection Notices (CPNs) under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 if Japanese Knotweed is not properly managed. Non-compliance with these notices can lead to fines and further legal action. These legal implications underscore the importance of effective Japanese Knotweed management to avoid potential litigation and financial penalties

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