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Wexford councillors call for more public information on “pernicious” Knotweed

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Japanese Knotweed is a widespread and invasive plant.

Japanese Knotweed is a widespread and invasive plant.

Japanese Knotweed is a widespread and invasive plant.

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Property owners need more information on how they can deal with the “pernicious” problem of knotweed in their gardens, according to Wexford councillors.

Cllr John Hegarty told a Borough District Council meeting that it is a difficult problem in towns particularly, where it can travel easily from property to property and many people are not aware of how to handle it.

He asked if there was a strategy to eradicate it around the Borough.

Cllr Tom Forde said he had been contacted by people, asking for assistance, who were   planning to just cut it it down, and he advised them not to. He suggested a social media campaign offering basic guidance to property owners on what to do.

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Senior Environment Officer Hugh Maguire said that apart from spreading awareness, Wexford County Council is not responsible for Japanese Knotweed, it’s the National Parks and Wildlife Service (under Wildlife Acts, prohibiting the spread of invasive species) and information is available on the website.

He said the Council carries out eradication work on public lands, treating Knotweed when it is dying back in the autumn time. In relation to private property, each landowner is responsible for their own premises.

"Wexford Borough District has been very active in treating Knotweed in public areas over recent years. It is a very pernicious weed that needs repeated treatment”, he said.

Cllr Hegarty asked who was responsible for Knotweed in areas like public ditches.

Mr Maguire said if people want advice on Knotweed, the agency to contact is the  National Parks and Wildlife Service which is mapping the spread of the invasive weed. In relation to Knotweed on roadsides and public areas, that would be treated by the County Council, which is trying to get around to as much as it can, subject to resources.


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