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  • "Well done and good luck to the Canals and Rivers Trust. I just wish the council would follow their lead. They have just built a great new footbridge, connecting London Road to Vickersway, right next to a patch of Japanese Knotweed, whose original home is the volcanic islands of Japan, and which is well known to go through concrete like a knife through butter. When this was pointed out to them, they sent a pile of cowboys down to strim it, (which is totally illegal) releasing stems to float down river and set up new, destructive stands. It won't be very long before it destabilises the bridge, giving them an excuse to close it again!"
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Knotty problem to be tackled at woodland

Knotty problem to be tackled at woodland

The part of Gunners Clough Wood owned by The Canal and River Trust is shaded pink/brown, and the area of knotweed to be treated is indicated by 'JK Stands'.

The area of knotweed covering about 15 square metres

Part of the smaller area of knotweed which covers one square metre

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THE Canal and River Trust is due to begin work shortly on tackling the problem of Japanese knotweed in part of Gunners Clough Wood at Barnton.

The trust owns a small strip of the woodland alongside the Trent and Mersey Canal, and the work is set to take place shortly and again in September.

Japanese knotweed is one of the most invasive weeds in Britain, its dense growth crowding out native vegetation, eroding river banks and causing structural damage.

It has no natural predators, enabling it to grow rapidly.

“We will be spraying the Japanese knotweed twice a year, with the first application around May/June and the second in September,” said Steven Facey, contracts supervisor for Manchester and Pennine Waterways.

“This will continue year on year until the knotweed has been eradicated.”

The knotweed to be treated covers two areas of about 15 square metres and one square metre.

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