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Japanese knotweed found in Guildford's Stoke Park

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Japanese knotweed found in Guildford's Stoke Park

Published at 3:27pm 25th June 2019.

Photo credit: Matthew Bennett

Guildford Borough Council say they are working to remove Japanese knotweed found growing in Stoke Park.

The growth of invasive weed was discovered by a member of the public while out running on Sunday.

It was seen on land close to the Wild Wood Adventure course.

In a statement Guildford Borough Council said:

"We map and have a treatment programme in place for Japanese knotweed and other invasive species.

"This is an area that we are aware of and we will treat it to remove the growth." 

What is Japanese knotweed?

Non-native to the UK, Japanese knotweed is described by the RHS as a fast-growing weed that spreads rapidly.

The plant dies back to ground level in winter before the bamboo-like stems re-emerge in the summer.

Found mainly in urban areas, it is considered a nuisance because plants regrowing from rhizomes can come up through gaps in flooring in conservatories and patios.

It is also considered very hard to remove by hand or eradicate with chemicals.

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