How many people can identify Japanese Knotweed
I'm an avid gardener and have been buying this magazine for years and grew up watching Percy Thrower and then Geoff Hamilton with much interest.
I just wanted to let others know about the turmoil this stuff can cause if you come across it in your garden. We don't have it after paying for a specialist survey.
I have never come across Japanese Knotweed but we have just lost our buyers due to a valuation surveyor from e-serve wrongly identifying a bush in my garden.
Having designed, planted and constantly weeded my garden for some time I have never come across JK and we are so shocked this has happened.
The Japanese Knotweed that the surveyor has notified the bank and buyers of has now been identified as Cornus Alba , Siberian Dogwood by a specialist at the councils environmental health department. I knew it was a cornus but as its just always sat there and not done much Iv never really given it much attention.
My neighbour has it on his side and I think there might be a forsythia bush in the mix.
So we are truly fed up. I shall continue to look after my garden and have considered taking out our Siberian interloper but as the knotweed specialist said, why should I. I was planning to put some weed membrane down over some areas this winter as I have Plantae fascia to cut down on the weeding. Im not sure quite what to do now.
On the RICS guidelines for surveyors is states that some people will try and cover up KW with weed membrane. Surely this is nonsense as JK grows through walls, paving and weed membrane would not hold it back. So maybe the surveyor saw my small covered area finished off with Cotswold chippings9Next to back door to stop mud coming on from the dogs paws) and thought I had tried to cover up the spread of JK. Which I don't have anyway.