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What is Japanese Knotweed?
Japanese Knotweed was introduced into Britain in the 19th century as an ornamental plant. Over time it has become widespread in a range of habitats including roadsides, railway embankments, riverbanks and derelict buildings. The invasive root system and strong growth can out-compete native plants and animals, damage foundations, buildings, roads, paths, retaining walls and architectural sites. It can also reduce the capacity of channels in flood defenses to carry water.
For more information about Japanese Knotweed click here for the Environment Agency website.
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