Japanese knotweed treatment programme
Why we're treating Japanese knotweed
Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant with no known predators or natural control in this country. It spreads rapidly and easily because even small fragments of stem or root tuber can regrow and colonise soil. It is spread along water courses by rivers and streams and on any land where infected soil is brought in.
What is River Holme Connections doing to tackle Japanese knotweed?
Since 2016 we have been treating the knotweed starting from the uppermost stands in the Holme, New Mill and Meltham Dikes. We have adopted a method of spraying and stem injecting Japanese knotweed at the end of the growing season, from late summer through to the first frost in autumn, which is proving to be a cost-effective method of reducing the amount of knotweed in our catchment. We asked landowners to donate to a fund to support this work. With their collective donations, we have been able to continue treatment in 2018. We will carry on treatments in as much of the catchment area as we can in the future, with financial support through fundraising.
How can the river Holme catchment become free of Japanese knotweed?
We hope to raise awareness of knotweed amongst landowners, business developers and individuals so that everybody knows how to identify it, treat it and stop it from spreading.
By raising funds and clubbing together we hope to get the best value and most long-lasting effective treatment with the minimum harm to the environment.
How can you help?
We are looking for volunteers to be trained to help with Japanese knotweed treatment, spreading the word about knotweed, help with landownership, mapping monitoring and giving talks and presentations.
Request a talk or presentation for your local group and help spread the word!
If you are a business or individual who would like to donate to our fund please get in touch here
What services do we offer?
We can discuss treatment of Japanese knotweed on land within the River Holme catchment. Environment Agency licenced operatives can treat knotweed. We can provide a record of our treatment of knotweed for home and landowners who are in the process of selling properties along riversides.