Japanese Knotweed

Do watch out for this nasty invasive plant – Fallopia japonica – which is a large, herbaceous perennial of the family Polygonaceae, native to Eastern Asia in Japan, China and Korea.

It is a notifiable weed, like Himalayan Balsam and Ragwort, and it’s up to the property owner to ensure it is removed.  You won’t be able to sell your property if it has knotweed as mortgage brokers won’t grant a mortgage and you can be fined £2,500 if you ignore its presence as this is considered a criminal offence.

The appearance of knotweed changes throughout the year from purple/red stems and pinky-red leaves in Spring to the virulent, growing stems upwards of six feet in Autumn, with cream/white flowers.  Unlikely that you would see anything just now as it will have died back over the winter.  The image here is from the RHS website and here’s a link to this, with more information.

If you do suspect you may have this unwelcome visitor, please do give us a call and we can undertake a free site visit and suggest a plan of treatment to eradicate it properly.  It really isn’t something you would want to try at home yourself!

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Bees in Christchurch, Dorset

We’ve had a busy few weeks in Christchurch, Dorset, giving some TLC, reduction and some felling to 40 oak trees which hadn’t been maintained for many years.   We had one surprise, though….

One of the trunks was hollow as it was full of honey!   A colony of bees had nested in it, so with the help of the local Bee Society, we needed to move them to a new home.  They had to be smoked out at night but leaving the Queen in the tree.  We then carefully felled the tree and moved it, the Queen and the honey to its new home, with the worker bees following the lorry with the Queen.

The local Bee Society were just delighted we hadn’t simply felled the tree and rendered the colony homeless… But no responsible tree surgeon would do that, surely?

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