No plan to tackle Japanese Knotweed at beauty spot

By Richard Wright

Sunday, July 13, 2014


No plan to tackle Japanese Knotweed at beauty spot

The Isle of Wight Council has no plans to tackle Japanese knotweed at Monk’s Bay, Bonchurch.

THERE are no immediate plans by the Isle of Wight Council to kill a large amount of invasive Japanese knotweed at a beauty spot, which is home to a rare butterfly.

Following concerns at the proliferation of the deep-rooted weed, which can damage buildings and is difficult and expensive to kill, the authority said it was "monitoring" the knotweed at Monk’s Bay, Bonchurch.

The bay is home to the rare Glanville Fritillery butterfly.

Resident Gordon Payne raised the issue with his local councillor and MP Andrew Turner.

He photographed the large bank of the weed and contrasted that with an area of rich flora just 50 yards away.

"A wide range of plants means a wide range of insects, grubs, birds, rodents and other mammals, all the way up the food chain.

"The entire eco-system relies on this bio-diversity, including the unique Glanville Fritillary and the Adonis Blue butterflies that exist along this shore."

He said householders and landowners, including the Isle of Wight Council, should all play their part in helping to eradicate the weed from the Island.

IW Council parks, countryside and rights of way manager Matthew Chatfield said: "The land is owned and managed by the council for coastal defence purposes.

"The council makes the best use of its budgets by prioritising knotweed control work to those areas where it is causing, or likely to cause damage to nature reserves, buildings or other structures.

"In this instance we do not intend to take immediate action as the knotweed is not threatening the coastal defences.

"We are monitoring it and when it is necessary to take action, we shall do so."



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by George Hollett

15th July 2014, at 16:28:49

@ Richard Taylor - why would a Sycamore tree have a TPO on it ? I could understand if it was an Oak tree but not a Sycamore - unless someone deliberately wanted a TPO on the tree in question? I'm pretty sure TPO's aren't put on Sycamores as a matter of course.

Regarding the Knotweed, I expect the council will do too little too late as usual...

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by barbara penman

14th July 2014, at 23:06:41

I swam off this beach last year and in June of this year and have photos clearly showing the knotweed, it has grown considerably from last year the path and steps are now hidden because of the storms, something should be done now and not wait until it costs a fortune to remove.

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by Richard Taylor

14th July 2014, at 15:10:40

I wouldn't waste my time with IWC so called experts. I had a problem with a tree with a preservation order, I though it was dead and needed felling. Some guy pitches up, complete with cowboy hat (?), and tells me what a wonderful specimen of sycamore it was. Needless to say it fell down six weeks later taking my neighbours fence, shed and greenhouse roof with it.

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by Deborah Alexander

14th July 2014, at 12:02:30

Maybe the council should read the government guidelines.

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by Colin Barton

14th July 2014, at 10:45:02

You all voted for indy council and that's what you got. can't make a decision and if they do it will be the wrong one as right is not in their vocab!

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by Nicky Wells

14th July 2014, at 09:19:52

In summer it growes 10cms a day. Spreads several feet in every direction every year, it can propogate from a fingernail of plant, the root system is 3metres deep, botched eradication is no good (it loves
disturbance), it can lie dormant for a decade. Research into a knotweed
eating insect is underway. At the moment slow poisoning is the only
action. How long before it reaches your garden and renders your house unsaleable?

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by David Blackford

14th July 2014, at 09:08:00

We have a similar problem with horses/mares tail on our allotments- equally hard, if not impossible, to eradicate. There is a fortune awaiting any clever chemist who can invent an effective herbicide

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by Derek Taylor

14th July 2014, at 08:13:58

There is also a large growth in Totland Bay just past the beach huts by the coastal walk barrier. I've reported it to the Council months ago but no response from them.

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by Don Prescott

14th July 2014, at 07:37:25

"the authority said it was "monitoring" the knotweed "
Makes a change from consulting I suppose!

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by David Blackford

14th July 2014, at 06:17:38

A thought occurs to me - if any knotweed gets into the Council composting site!! - surely composting will not kill it and could it spread to your garden!!!

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