Knotweed in Liverpool
Liverpool is a major port, and was the port of registry of the RMS Titanic. It also boasts a number of World Heritage Sites, representing the pinnacle of human creativity, values and cultural significance.
Unfortunately Japanese knotweed represents a particular threat to high density urban areas like Liverpool, where the close proximity of residential, commercial, and development spaces put them at high risk to the fast growing, fast spreading weed.
Japanese knotweed is infamously hardy, its bamboo-like shoots capable of forcing their way through rock, brick, concrete and metal piping. Built-up urban areas like Liverpool are therefore particularly susceptible to knotweed impacts, which can include water or gas leaks, property damage and weakened infrastructures. Repairs can be costly, never mind the economic impact that reduced property prices and refused mortgages can have on inner-city communities.