Not Knotweed!28th September 2012
Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is illegal to plant or cause to grow Japanese Knotweed in the wild.
The Act contains a list of plants which are included such as the Japanese Knotweed. Recently, our esteemed drafters of UK legislation have recorded the change in the scientific name of Japanese Knotweed from Polygonum Cuspidatum to Fallopia Japonica. However, the amendment to the 1981 Act to cover this change of name only applied in England and Wales, so that you are not allowed to grow Fallopia Japonica in England and Wales but would you be able to grow it in Scotland where by law it is still called Polygonum Cuspidatum?
I am sure readers will be most relieved to know that notwithstanding the confusion over names between London and Edinburgh, the prohibition on growing Japanese Knotweed remains an offence throughout Great Britain.
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