Japanese Knotweed Damage
Having been introduced to the UK in 1850 with the best of intentions, the legacy of Japanese knotweed is one which still impacts negatively to this very day.
Brought back with the upper classes of Victorian society who routinely travelled to broaden their horizons, the chosen items were used to entertain and educate the masses on their return. With tales and physical evidence of their grand touring, Japanese knotweed was considered quite the catch at a time when the study and collection of exotic flora and fauna was encouraged to those who made their careers globe-trotting.
During this golden age of science and reasoning, the gardens of the aristocracy were turned into seas of new colours and species, enjoyed until either boredom set in, or it was simply replaced by something even newer and more interesting. This ultimately meant that Japanese knotweed suffered the same fate as everything else during this period of discovery; namely being discarded by the wayside once the initial excitement and interest had faded.
That wasn’t the end of the story from this plant, as it was from this wayside that the discarded Japanese knotweed began taking root, impacting the ground where it had been used as a means of provision for cattle as both alternative food and ground coverage. Grown in disused quarries and waterways, the aggressive knotweed began to thrive and continues to do so today; thanks in no small part to the fact that it can regenerate from the smallest of fragments.