In recent days, the story of Birmingham couple Nasreen and Sajid Akhtar has made it to many of the UK’s leading publications. Their inability to sell their home because of their neighbour’s Japanese knotweed infestation was first reported in the Sunday Mail, then The Telegraph and The Sun picked up the story the next day. Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine even devoted a segment of his show to it, on which our very own Simon McGuigan offered advice and timelines dealing with the problem.
There is no doubt that it is a dramatic story, Mrs Akhtar is pictured surrounded by Japanese knotweed that trails over her neighbour’s fence. The story has obviously created a great deal of awareness about the plant and the problems that it can cause. However, the trouble is a lot of the information quoted isn’t sensible or accurate: (more…)