Have Your Say: Take a stand against knotweed
I AM writing to express sympathy with Judith May whose house is under attack from Japanese Knotweed (Post Sept 6).
It seems that some 'experts' are pinning their hope on some sort of magic bullet, rather than taking positive action with methods of control that are already available.
In some places in Llansamlet we are almost surrounded by knotweed on derelict land. When it dies back it becomes a fire hazard and is a frequent target for vandals and fire starters, starting fires that come close to our houses.
Also it encroaches from derelict or unoccupied land onto public pathways, making it difficult for pedestrians, including vulnerable people like the aged and mothers with children or with babies in buggies.
Knotweed is not the only non-native invasive plant to cause concern, as Himalayan Balsam is seemingly making an inexorable march to the sea.
However in other areas like in Aberystwyth and on National Trust properties they have taken a stand and by opposing have ended it. In Aberystwyth it took them four years, but at least they have done it.
Mike Hedges our AM is aware of these concerns and it can only be hoped that he can inspire the Welsh Government to take a more robust attitude towards this issue and take positive action on this issue now and introduce legislation allowing property owners the right to protect their property from threats of growths of dangerous & invasive plants from derelict or unoccupied land, or land where the landowners fail to take action.