Japanese Knotweed – Future Challenges

After a short break we are back to complete our trilogy of commentaries on the long-awaited report Japanese Knotweed Management Overseas. Commissioned by Defra and conducted by independent consultants Risk Policy Analysts (and others), this report adds to our understanding of Japanese knotweed management outside the UK and has delivered Read the full article…

Managing Japanese knotweed – Can we do even better?

We reported last week in our blog ‘Japanese knotweed Management Overseas – Defra Report’ on Defra’s independently commissioned report “Management of Japanese knotweed Overseas”. The clear message was that the UK’s approach to knotweed was essentially justified (it really is a uniquely difficult and environmentally damaging weed) and proportionate. However, Read the full article…

Japanese knotweed Research Around the World

We could be forgiven for thinking we are masters of our universe when it comes to managing Japanese knotweed. The Environment Agency’s and our own Code of Practice, based on text-book biology and years of collective practical experience, are referred to as ‘best practice’ guidance. The very term is prejorative; Read the full article…