Have Your Say: Weed ruining good work
ANYONE who was around in the 1940/50s would have seen, not just the devastation from the Second World War bombing in Swansea town, but also the industrial, poisonous dereliction of the whole of the Swansea Valley. From the Swansea Docks to Morriston, the valley where the Liberty Stadium stands today, was a desert of orange/black polluted dust — scattered with huge cinders from the tinplate works. The River Tawe was a fetid stream. This area was one of the most polluted/damaged areas in Britain. The tremendous work that our (much maligned) Swansea Council has done over the past 50 years, to not just rebuild the town, but also to get rid of the polluted soil and green this valley – should not be forgotten. The River Tawe is the cleanest for centuries. It is now an amazing place to walk, cycle and play. So it is maddening to see all this centuries of stupendous work being ruined by the Japanese knotweed which is everywhere – invading the woodlands, alongside the river, taking over the green hills.
As a matter of urgency, as part of their environmental plan, the council should provide a specific incinerator where these plants can be brought by the public or the big landowners where it can be destroyed/burnt.
Swansea Council cannot let all its hard work and the image be destroyed by this foreign weed.