That pesky weed we love to hate has been hitting headlines again, as Japanese Knotweed was reported to have invaded the famous Hampstead celebrity homes.
The plant was discovered was discovered a few weeks ago and has been spreading along a footpath in the North London borough. The footpath connects a number of celebrity homes including those of TV show host Esther Rantzen, footballer Thierry Henry and Hollywood actor Tom Conti.
The Dark Knight Rises actor was quoted saying: “It’s colossal, it’s The Day Of The Triffids in Hampstead. Everybody should be worried about their property. It’s like the Japanese secret weapon. It’s innocuous looking, which is part of the danger. It’s worrying when it proliferates at this rate.”
It is said that the local council are looking into the breakout, but the knotweed invasion could spell big trouble for the previously glamorous, coveted properties. As we know here at TP Knotweed, this plant can completely undermine a property’s value and foundations, and if this isn’t deal with swiftly and professionally it’s likely that the Hampstead homes’ luxury price tags will be diminished.
As mentioned in our previous post, Japanese Knotweed can ruin the best of plans when it comes to house sales and mortgages. We would always recommend being safe rather than sorry; as this latest example proves, no matter how glamorous or luxurious your property may seem, knotweed can strike anywhere at any time. We would always recommend getting a thorough Japanese Knotweed survey done before entering a property.
TP Knotweed are experts in Japanese Knotweed removal and have worked with a wide range of clients in the London area, both domestic and commercial. For more information about our services, call 0800 389 1911 or contact us online.