What exactly is Japanese knotweed?

Japanese knotweed is a fast-growing and strong perennial with tall, dense stems. Although the plant dies back to ground level in winter, by early summer, the bamboo-like stems shoot up to over 7ft.



If you suspect knotweed to be growing either on your property or on any neighbouring land, it’s important that you take action as soon as possible.

What to do if you have Japanese knotweed

If untreated then knotweed can quickly take over your garden. Its root systems are incredibly resilient and have no trouble in burrowing through driveways, cracking drains and even bringing down garden sheds.

These roots cannot simply be pulled out, they require professional attention in order to be removed completely. It’s actually illegal to try and remove the plant yourself, unless you are an expert.

It is important that if you have Japanese knotweed you seek the guidance of a knotweed treatment firm. If we take on your claim, we can help recommend a firm who can provide an effective treatment supported with an Insurance Backed Guarantee.


What is the benefit of claiming through CEL Solicitors?

Japanese knotweed is a serious problem that can be expensive to effectively eradicate.

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It could lead to a fall in the value of your home, and when your house is your great asset, it’s important you take measures to protect it.

We will help you recover any treatment costs as well as receive compensation in order to reflect the fall in value of your home. This can be as much as 10% of the value of your home.

It’s illegal to try and remove the plant yourself and by failing to take the appropriate steps to deal with the infestation you may find that you make the situation worse. You could end up allowing the infestation to spread on to neighbouring land and find a claim brought against you.

At CEL solicitors we will instruct an expert removal company who will effectively treat the knotweed on your property and provide you with an insurance-backed guarantee that will allow you to sell or re-mortage your home as you will be able to continue to get the knotweed treated if it grows back. In addition, we will then seek to recover the costs from the person who spread the Japanese knotweed onto your property.


Ready to make a claim for Japanese knotweed? Contact our team on 0808 273 0900 for free advice or find out more on how to make a Japanese knotweed claim here

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