Knotweed in the news

 

This page will be updated with information from us and news found across various media channels, and research articles.

March 27th 2017

      Best New Business in Carmarthenshire!

We only went and won it!  We picked up the award of Best Start-Up Business 2017, at Carmarthenshire Means Business Awards.  The awards were held at the Corran Hotel and Spa on Friday evening (24th March).   Best Start-up Business was popular category with some excellent new businesses competing with us for the award.

We impressed the judges with our detailed research prior to launch and our clear plan for success.  Right from the day we launched we have demonstrated our drive for success and growth.  With a strong brand and a clear goal to ensure we support our clients effectively.

      What can you expect from us?

We provide a fast and efficient service to eradicate Japanese Knotweed and other major invasive weeds.   Our knowledge and advice is second to none.  If you are securing lending for a house or updating your garden all necessary reports, surveys, guarantees and insurances are provided.  We take great pride in working closely with clients to remove the stress and frustration that Japanese Knotweed poses.

      Contact us for award winning help and advice?

We are delighted to win this award which confirms that our dedication and hard work over the last 16 months has been recognised by the business community.  We pride ourselves in the level of customer service that we provide, and supporting the client is at the heart of all that we do.”

We are a local Welsh speaking family business, Knotweed Support is big enough to get the job done and small enough to care.

For more information and award-winning service, please contact Anita or Phil today on 07912 625369, info@knotweedsupport.co.uk or visit the website www.knotweedsupport.co.uk

 

February 6th 2017

      Buying a house this winter?

Looking around our local area houses are selling and in many cases they are selling fast.  Great news for the property market and any of us looking to move but given the prevalence of Japanese Knotweed in Swansea and the surrounding areas, late winter and early spring is not an easy time to ensure your new property is Knotweed free!

      Surely they would declare Knotweed?

Of course, morally and ethically you would hope that the vendor and/or estate agent would be honest with you and advise if there had been a problem.  If this is not the case, then you might expect that any presence of Knotweed would show up on the Law Society’s TA6 form right? Wrong – the key is to protect yourself if you are looking to complete the sale on a property this winter.  It is fair to say that some home sellers and their estate agents will be genuinely unaware of any Japanese Knotweed at the property.  Others, however, may not be so fair whilst the knotweed is in its dormant winter state and less visible.  The seller is specifically asked about the presence of Japanese knotweed prior to the contract being drawn up, however, they do have the option to indicate that they do not know if knotweed is present or not.  Given this option you cannot always rely on a clear answer as to the presence of knotweed or not.

      What should I look out for?

During the winter the dead Knotweed canes will die back and it is possible that they will have cleared away during any pre-sale tidying that has taken place.  As a result of this it can be difficult for the surveyor to identify the knotweed during these cold months of no growth too.

Winter canes are a dark colour, hollow and fairly brittle, dead canes can stand for several years so you are likely to see various stages of decomposition of plant material if clearance has not been undertaken.

If clearance has been completed, then look for mounds in the ground covering rhizome.  There could be early shoots if the weather has been mild enough to encourage early growth.

Finding Japanese Knotweed in the garden of your dream home doesn’t mean you can’t buy it.  However, knowing in advance does mean that you can ensure you get the best possible advice to help you to make a final decision as to whether to buy or not.  It also means that you can obtain a quote from a Japanese Knotweed removal specialist.  In some cases, it could mean that you can negotiate on the price to be certain that you aren’t left out of pocket as a result of the problem.  Involving an expert company such as ourselves from the beginning will ensure you can put the most appropriate treatment plan in place prior to completing on the sale.

Not sure if there is knotweed in the property or not?  Take some pictures and send them across to us and we can discuss the issue further.

September 25th 2016

       What have Knotweed Support been up to this week?

 

We had the pleasure of completing some conservation work out in Mumbles, Swansea.  Out there Cotoneaster, rather than knotweed, is the invasive weed that we are currently focusing on.  Cotoneaster makes a great hedge when controlled but give it freedom and it can completely take over, suffocating native species.

 

We’ve completed some clearance work on a site in Llanelli.  This allowed us to access some well-established knotweed growth on a development site.  It’s always satisfying to get into the thick of the growth.  This site will need some further clearance work over the winter months.  Let’s hope we have a few nice dry days in the new year.

 

Finally, the lows, this week we have had two clients have their properties classified as un-mortgageable due to knotweed.  We are working closely with these clients to work through the various demands of their lenders.  We are confident that with our knowledge and experience we will be able to support them effectively to obtain more positive lending outcomes in the near future. 

 

There are several lessons others can learn from this: If you have a knotweed problem on or near to your property – talk to us about the options available now. 

 

Looking to buy a property with knotweed on site or nearby, then be upfront with possible lenders from the start.   Knowing from the outset if your lender will work with knotweed before you start paying for surveyors is going to save you money and worry.

September 22nd 2016

       Autumn has arrived.

 

Today was the Autumn Equinox; the sun has officially crossed the imaginary line in the sky above the equator.  This already means increasingly short days and chillier winds.  The leaves are turning too and we are beginning to notice those beautiful autumnal browns, reds and yellows. 

 

So what I hear you say? We’ve hit a peak time for treating Japanese Knotweed.  Now that it has flowered it is beginning to draw nutrients back into the ground ready for the winter.  This is the perfect time for us to apply chemical treatment. Falopia Japonica (knotweed) will draw in up to 70% of its nutrients including any treatment applied.  If you do have this plant growing on your property don’t give it another season to take hold.  Get in touch and let us get a treatment in now.

September 16th 2016

      We’re changing our name!

Knotweed Support – Invasive Weed Specialists

Here’s why:  One of the larger UK companies based in England felt that our name was too similar to theirs.  They also felt that we were attempting to benefit from the reputation that company has built over the years.

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Whilst we are flattered that a well-established business would feel our small family business is a threat to them, we wholly refute these claims.  Our plan has always been to build a business here in South West Wales.  A business that offers clients a family friendly, Welsh speaking and supportive service.  We believe we offer a personal service that larger companies will find difficult to maintain. 

 

       So if we don’t think we’ve done anything wrong, why the name change

Whilst we have 12 years’ experience working with Invasive Species we are new to running our own business.  We have a very clear vision of what we want the business and our customer service to look like.  This is where our focus should lie rather than allowing ourselves to be distracted by solicitor’s letters. 

 

Moving forward we want to continue to work hard with our clients to build our reputation.  We’ll do this by continuing to offer our clients fair and honest support and advice.  This personal approach and ability to react quickly to clients in our immediate area is of utmost importance to us.  Taking all of this into account a battle with a larger company (and their legal team/budget) seems futile.  It is hoped that by changing our name we can focus on what is important and that is our clients.

 

We hope to keep any disruption to a minimum.  However if you have any concerns or questions feel free to get in touch with us.

 

May 25th 2016

        Have you ever wondered how many invasive plant species there are?

A recent report by the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew suggests that there are just under 5000.  The problem of non-native species such as cheatgrass, spotted knapweed and Japanese knotweed cost the UK over £1.7 billion.  It is clear that these problems are not going to go away quickly or easily.  To combat this we must take action and work with the solutions.

The recently published ‘State of the worlds plants’ report, makes an interesting and at times worrying read.  One in five of all plant species are under threat of extinction.  

       Read the recent news article here:

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/one-in-five-of-all-plant-species-threatened-with-extinction-a7021856.html

 

The first study of the global status of plants, entitled 'State of the worlds plants', is available here.  This was also written by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

 

https://stateoftheworldsplants.com/embargo2016-nhjdkijkai02hf8sn.pdf

 

The report is structured with 3 sections.  Section 1 gives the picture of what plants we have, what we know about them and what new plant discoveries were made in 2015.  Section 2 is of particular interest to us as it covers threats to current plants species, climate change, change in land-use, invasive species, disease and extinction risk. Finally, section 3 looks at international trade, agreements and the policies in place to combat the wide range of threats to our plant life.

Knotweed is listed in the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD) as one of the world’s top 100 worst invasive species. So if this is sitting at the end of your garden get in touch now.  Ignoring this plant will not make it go away.  Ignoring it will allow it to thrive and take over before you know it.