Concerned about the risk of invasive bamboo? UK garden and property experts weigh in with essential advice

A view of tall bamboo grows in containers along the back edge of a garden
(Image credit: Colin Poole)

There's been a lot of noise about the invasive nature of bamboo, and whether growing it in a garden is a bad idea. However, it's still very much available to buy as a garden plant, which understandably creates confusion for homeowners. 

Invasive bamboo can damage structures, cause neighbour disputes and is even beginning to impact house sales. Not to mention knowing how to kill bamboo that's overgrown can be challenging and costly.

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Andrew Boast

Andrew Boast is the CEO, Executive Director & Co-Founder of SAM Conveyancing, and has over 23 years of experience in the home and conveyancing market. Andrew is an accomplished expert in his field, guiding thousands of clients through the complex process of buying a home both personally and through his teams of expert solicitors, surveyors and mortgage advisers at SAM Conveyancing, and has been featured in many top-tier publications including on the BBC, The Telegraph, Bristol Live, Yahoo and more.

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Marc von Grundherr

Marc von Grundherr has decades of property market experience, having originally joined Benham and Reeves in 1995 where he now holds the position of director. Marc is not only an extremely knowledgeable and well established estate agent both within the London market and across Benham's 13 international branches, but he is also a property investor and buy-to-let landlord himself.

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John Davis

John Davis possesses extensive experience in construction and land development. With a focus on sustainable building practices, he understands the importance of landscaping choices in relation to property value and environmental impact.

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Sam Proctor

Sam has been creating beautiful gardens for over a decade. Since leaving a City career in marketing, she has honed her skills to a very high level, taking the Diploma in Garden Design at the prestigious London College of Garden Design, for which she was awarded a Distinction.

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Rosemary Coldstream

Rosemary Coldstream is one of the UK’s leading garden designers, a multi-award winning designer in recent years. A native New Zealander, she has lived and worked in the UK for 30 years, studying garden design at Capel Manor College in London.

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Fiona Jenkins

A landscaper and gardening expert with over 25 years of experience in the industry. Currently she works for MyJobQuote as their resident expert on all things gardening. She is highly knowledgeable and her expertise have featured in many reputable publications.

Teresa Conway
Deputy editor on Homebuilding & Renovating

Teresa was part of a team that launched Easy Gardens in 2018 and worked as the Editor on this magazine. She has extensive experience writing and editing content on gardens and landscaping on brands such as Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors and Living Etc magazine. She has developed close working relationships with top landscape architects and leading industry experts, and has been exposed to an array of rich content and expertise.

In 2020 Teresa bought her first home. She and her partner worked alongside architects and builders to transform the downstairs area of her two bedroom Victorian house in north London into a usable space for her family. Along the way she learned the stresses, woes and joys of home renovation, and is now looking to her next project, landscaping the back garden.