Council issues warning over invasive Japanese Knotweed

Wicklow County Council have warned anyone engaged in roadside hedge-cutting or other such activities that they should not cut the Japanese Knotweed.

Japanese Knotweed is an invasive species that is currently infesting Wicklow and can cause significant damage to buildings and roads if not managed properly.

Those engaged in roadside hedge-cutting may be guilty of an offence if they allow or cause the dispersal or spread of Japanese knotweed in the course of their work. In order to avoid potential liability you should avoid It, and then report it.

When the Japanese Knotweed is cut, it will disperse via any tiny particles thrown into the air, which is why it is important to remove the weed correctly.

The location and extent of the infestation should be reported to the relevant Area Engineer of your local authority or to roadtrans@wicklowcoco.ie.

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