Japanese Knotweed is a large perennial plant, native to eastern Asia. It has been classified as an invasive species in several countries.
If left untreated, Japanese knotweed can exploit weaknesses in buildings and damage underground constructions such as drainage and sewage systems, causing land owners unnecessary expense.
How to identify
Japanese knotweed begins to grow in early spring and can grow in any type of soil, no matter how poor.
- It can grow as much as 20 centimetres per day
- It spreads through rhizome (underground root-like stem) fragments and cut stems
- produces clusters of cream flowers towards the end of July
- dies back between September and November, leaving brown stems
Do not put Japanese knotweed in your bins
Who is responsible for removing Japanese knotweed?
The duty for dealing with Japanese knotweed lies with the land owner of the affected land.
This is a private matter as land owners are responsible for dealing with Japanese knotweed growing on their land.
It is our responsibility to remove Japanese knotweed that is growing on council land. If the knotweed is:
- Highways - (pavements and verges) contact 020 8937 5050 or use our online contact form
- Parks - contact 020 8937 5619 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
It is the responsibility of Brent Housing Partnership (BHP). Where BHP estates are managed on behalf of Brent Council, BHP are responsible. Japanese Knotweed should be reported to our Customer Response Team, during working hours only, on 020 8937 2579.