Saturday, 25 May 2019

Fears over invasive plant growing at derelict house

AN outbreak of an invasive plant in Sonning Common has reached “farcical” levels, says a parish councillor.

Japanese knotweed has been found growing at a derelict house in Peppard Road which has been empty for 40 years.

The infestation was made worse when a pick-up truck with two men in it was driven through an overgrown hedge at the property and scattered the plant over the road.

Thames Valley Police were called to the house after the incident on May 31.

A police spokeswoman said the men were challenged and said they were working at the house but did not have any relevant paperwork with them so they agreed to stop work. Japanese knotweed is considered to be one of the world’s most invasive species, spreading quickly, causing damage to buildings and hard surfaces and smothering other plants.

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