How a council is aiming to spur housebuilding by tackling knotweed

A local authority in north-west England is undertaking a three-year £315,000 programme to tackle knotweed in a move intended to reduce the council’s potential insurance liabilities and to spur housing development. James Agyepong-Parsons takes a closer look

Japanese knotweed
Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is an invasive species that can devalue land prices and create problems for developers and councils

A three-year programme to tackle the invasive plant Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) has been launched by Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council.

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