How you could be fined £5,000 or imprisoned over Japanese knotweed

Japanese knotweed
You can be fined, or even imprisoned if you do not handle Japanese knotweed properly (Image credit: Getty)

Homeowners can face a hefty fine if they allow the invasive plant Japanese knotweed to spread to other properties or don’t dispose of it properly.

Japanese knotweed removal can be tricky and derail progress on your build or renovation plans, so it pays to be aware of the risks it presents.

Sam Webb

Sam is based in Coventry and has been a news reporter for nearly 20 years. His work has featured in the Mirror, The Sun, MailOnline, the Independent, and news outlets throughout the world.  As a copywriter, he has written for clients as diverse as Saint-Gobain, Michelin, Halfords Autocentre, Great British Heating, and Irwin Industrial Tools. During the pandemic, he converted a van into a mini-camper and is currently planning to convert his shed into an office and Star Wars shrine.