Japanese knotweed

Adam and Eleanor Smith have won a landmark case against their neighbour Rosemary Line after claiming they lost £50,000 from the value of their home in Cornwall after Japanese knotweed invaded their garden. Truro County Court found that while it is not illegal to have knotweed on land, it is illegal to allow it to spread, and ordered Ms Line to employ Cornwall Council’s contractor over the next five years to eradicate the weed and pay court costs.

Written by James Naylor

Partner, Naylor Solicitors LLP.

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