Knotweed nightmare: overgrown and over here...
A SWANSEA woman says Japanese knotweed is invading her home.
Judith May has spent her whole life living next to the Swansea to Paddington main line that runs across the end of Tabernacle Street in Landore.
The pine end of the terrace home stands a little over three feet from the huge embankment wall over which the brambles and Japanese knotweed spill and touch the house.
The Japanese knotweed is a particular cause for concern as it is already growing through the embankment wall, and Miss May claims it has even invaded part of her attic.
The 65-year-old, who lives at the address on her own and is off work due to ill health, says that the situation is so bad she is considering moving.
Miss May said: "It has always grown, but when British Rail owned the land they always used to come along every year and cut it back. Since it has been privatised that has changed.
"About five years ago they came to have a look and said that they couldn't cut the Japanese knotweed down because it would spread. They said they would spray it with a chemical and when they came back it had died but that was only because it was autumn and the leaves had fallen off; it came back the next spring."
Of the current situation she added: "It just gets me down, I can't cope any more."
Miss May's daughter, Antonia May, said: "I think it's absolutely disgusting.
"It's really upsetting her. She's lived here for most of her life and she told me that she wants to move.
"The brambles are bad enough, being a fire hazard but the Japanese knotweed are a real problem. It's come through the garden wall and has even gone into the attic.
"My mum saw a programme where it got into a block of flats once and brought it down; she's afraid that it will happen here."
A spokeswoman for Network Rail said that they were looking into the situation.