Worcester battling invading species: Japanese knotweed is reportedly causing homes in Worcester to be under threat.

Residents say a 6 foot high Japanese knotweed, an invasive plant is invading their properties.

They believe the knotweed has gone out of hand in a park and is presently threatening their homes.

They further remarked the local authority did not hear to their calls for help to stop the spread of the plant that supposedly grew rapidly amid last week’s heatwave.

Spraying or injecting the stems with chemicals can be a successful treatment to stop knotweeds growing, according to the Environment Agency’s advice.

The EA additionally states that soil or plant material contaminated with non-native & invasive plants, which include Japanese knotweed can bring about ecological damage and may be classified as controlled waste.

A representative for Worcester City Council said: “We are aware of the Japanese knotweed growing at King George V Playing Fields & our specially trained staff have started the process of stem injecting the plants.

“It will take a few weeks to die off & we will do a follow up treatment in a month and another next year to ensure it is dealt with. If this Japanese knotweed has spread to properties from the playing fields, then residents can get in touch with us and we can treat it accordingly.”

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