Should we believe the hype about Japanese Knotweed?

‘The issue of Japanese Knotweed is not as big as we’re being led to believe.’

That’s according to local horticulturalist Donal McEvoy from Pergola Nurseries in County Cavan, speaking about the noxious weed.

The plant which was introduced to Ireland in the 1840s as an ornamental perennial has now become one of Europe’s most hated weeds.

Japanese Knotweed spreads rapidly and has deep roots which can undermine buildings and roads.

Donal says that while it is tricky to get rid of, if managed correctly it isn’t a massive job: