Japanese Knotweed in Eastbourne park

Japanese Knotweed has been found in Hampden Park and is being treated
Japanese Knotweed has been found in Hampden Park and is being treated

Gardening and landscape contractors are treating Japanese Knotweed after it was discovered in Hampden Park recently.

The invasive weed is a tall fast-growing Japanese plant of the dock family, with bamboo-like stems and small white flowers, grown as an ornamental but tends to become aggressive and invasive spreading quickly.

Eastbourne Borough Council said this week it was aware of its presence in the park.

“We are aware of Japanese Knotweed in two small areas of Hampden Park,” said a spokesperson. “The plant is controlled and contained each year using a weedkiller that prevents it from spreading.

“The weedkiller is carefully selected to ensure there is no impact on the local wildlife in Hampden Park.

“Spraying takes place as soon as the leaf coverage is large enough to effectively absorb the chemical and translocate it to the roots.”

The latest finding of the weed is behind the pond barrier at Decoy Pond.

The alarm was also raised by Vicky Fread on the Facebook group Hampden Park My Home Village.

Vicky said, “Walking round Hampden Park pond last week my mum happened to notice what she pretty certainly thought was Japanese Knotweed.

“I’m fairly sure that it’s meant to be ‘taken care of’ when it’s discovered being that it’s an invasive non native plant.”

In recent years Japaneseit has become the scourge of British homeowners as it grows at a ridiculous rate, is near-impossible to get rid of and has ruined house sales wiping thousands off property prices.

Japanese Knotweed starts growing from early spring and can reach 1.5 metres by May and 3 metres by June, before dying back between September and November. It has fleshy red tinged shoots when it first breaks through the ground and large, heart-shaped green leaves.

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