Japanese Knotweed ~ Spring 2020 Review

We have reported on this website in previous years the steps that have been taken since 2014* to eradicate the outbreak of Japanese Knotweed at Townsend Way, Bradpole.

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June 2014 eradication begins
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May 2018

A report on the control of Japanese Knotweed has been published by Swansea University in which they say that most information for people affected by the plant is largely based on anecdote.  Knotweed can be controlled using glyphosate at the right time of year, though this can usually take three to five years.

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/press-office/latest-research/swanseauniversity

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Fenced off area at Townsend Way Oct 2018

*The 2014 Eradication Programme report can be found on our Council owned Green Spaces page  scroll down to the Townsend Way section.

In 2018, three years into the programme, our advisor indicated that whilst much progress had been made the eradication programme should continue.

Spring 2020 – the eradication programme will continue through the 2020 growing season and will be reviewed in the Autumn of 2020.

In view of the long term nature of this eradication programme the affected area has been fenced off.

BRADPOLE PARISH COUNCIL WORKING FOR THE BRADPOLE CIVIL PARISH COMMUNITY

BPC March 2020