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Sive
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 5:21 pm    Post subject: Japanese Knotweed and County Councils Reply with quote

I have just seen four large areas of Japanese knotweed on both sides of a main road here in Wexford, and I'm almost certain they weren't there last year. I am thinking of contacting the County Council next week. Has anyone any experience of this issue, concerning public roads? Thankfully my garden is nowhere near this spot.......
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i recently saw some (i think it was JK anyway) in a herbaceous bed in a council park!
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's loads of it around Wexford and the patches get bigger every year. I've often thought of approaching the CoCo but I haven't as the deafening silence I'm sure to get as a response would just be too stressful. Sive, perhaps we should cooperate and start a letter writing campaign. If someone doesn't do something soon Wexford will be a desert of knotweed.
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I'll start by ringing the CoCo next week and see can I get anywhere.......I may just take it on as a project ! I'll let you know what the response is !
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking for the "like" button. Ooops! wrong forum Smile
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There seems to be an absolute load of it this year. There's tons of it on the Castlebar Road but it looks like its private land, you can see it from the road anyway.
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dealing with Irish councils or public officials has been, in my experience, always a nightmare of obstucation, inefficiencey, lies and passing the buck
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This might help, taken from invasivespeciesireland.com

Republic of Ireland
At present, there are no specific legislative provisions that directly govern Japanese knotweed control or removal in the Republic of Ireland. However, the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000 states that anyone who plants or [b]otherwise causes to grow in a wild state [/b]in any place in the State any species of (exotic) flora, or the flowers, roots, seeds or spores of (exotic) flora shall be guilty of an offence.
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Countryfile BBC1 is in Cornwall and they are talking about JKW Its on from 7-8 so I don't know what time it will be on.
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They actually have local gov officers in some UK CoCos with responsibility for JKW and nothing else...!
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

simonj wrote:
Dealing with Irish councils or public officials has been, in my experience, always a nightmare of obstucation, inefficiencey, lies and passing the buck


couldn't agree more... hence my reluctance to start Confused
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just watched Countryfile bit about JKW.
1st option They showed an area which is going to have construction built on it. Basically they dig it all up and sieve it and then replace the earth.
2nd option Cut it and inject a weedkiller which will take it back to the Rizommes
3rd option Cook it and eat it. Which to seem to me a fiddly thing to do as everybody thought it was rhubarb.
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Margo wrote:
2nd option Cut it and inject a weedkiller which will take it back to the Rizommes

i wonder does this method work with gunnera? i assume there'd be fewer rhizomes too.
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Margo.....I'm only just in, so I've missed Countryfile, but it makes the whole topic even more worrying if the plant is enough of a menace to make it onto a TV programme like that. I wish BBC offered the +1 option that Ch4 does.
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You didn't miss much. It was all around the North coast of Cornwall. It started at the Minnock Theatre and then went along the coastal path. Thats where they came across JKW. They can't spray it as there is so much other flora which it would destroy. Thats why they are injecting it. A lot of that area is National Trust so they will really go full steam ahead to destroy it.
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