Home Fix Scotland issue Japanese knotweed guidance

Inverclyde’s repairs and maintenance contractor, Home Fix Scotland, is reminding River Clyde Homes’ customers of their responsibilities in tackling a scourge of invasive plants across Scotland’s central belt.

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  • 17 Jun 2022

Photo credit: Environnet Heatmap, June 2022.

Japanese knotweed, which can grow up to 10cm a day during the summer months, can cause damage to adjacent buildings but also the wider neighbourhood with its roots growing as deep as 20 meters.

Whilst the destructive plant is extremely difficult to treat and remove on its own, customers are reminded of Home Fix Scotland’s new invasive plant service.

River Clyde Homes’ customers are encouraged to upload any images they believe to be of the invasive plant which will then be assessed by an environmental specialist who will reply with further guidance and if required, removal.

Derek Robertson, Environmental Manager at Home Fix Scotland, said: “It’s really important that customers are vigilant for the signs of knotweed, particularly within the summer months, so we can act quickly.

“River Clyde Homes’ customers who are suspicious of any invasive plants should contact Customer Experience on 0800 013 2196 or alternatively they can fill out Home Fix Scotland’s online form.”

How to identify Japanese knotweed

  • Red asparagus-like spears emerge in spring and begin to sprout pale green leaves with distinctive pink veins
  • Leaves which are shield or shovel-shaped.
  • Stems that resemble bamboo canes with purple speckles.
  • Small, cream-coloured flowers developing towards the end of summer.

Still unsure? Let our experts take a look! Customers can upload their photographs using our online form here and one of our expert surveyors will get back to you.

You can search your postcode to see if your property is in a high-risk area using Environet UK Ltd's really useful heat-map facility on their website.