Japanese knotweed battle for a community garden in Northamptonshire



Anne Maynard is a fond gardener who loves growing vegetables and garlic at a plot in the Northampton community garden. Due to the excessive growth of Japanese knotweed in the area of the community garden, the garden applied for a large amount of money to use pesticides to eradicate the invasive species. Anne Maynard was in a lot of grief about the proposition and had decided to file a petition against the use of pesticides on the land. Till date, she has over fifty petitions signed by various people.

The problem with the Japanese knotweed is that it grows three meters in depth and seven meters in all directions and uses up not just the nutrition from the soil but also competes for both water and sunlight with the other plants that grow in the area of its expansion. Turners Fall visited the site and conducted a survey on both the soil and the plant and claimed that they can solve 99% of the problem.

About the weed
The Japanese knotweed was first brought to the country as an ornamental in the 1880s to the states. These weeds grow three meters in depth and 7 meters in all direction causing a ruckus as it competes with nutrition, sunlight, water, and all other things possible for the growth of other plants in the area. The problem with this weed is that it spreads through tiny bits of weed that have been eradicated from the soil but fall here and there.

Problems with this weed
This weed is called tenacious by various researchers because of its hunger and the urge to vanquish and pull over all the other plants that there are around it. Plucking them out with the hand is easy when they are in small scale but when they spread out, they are not easy t9o be dealt with considering how vast their roots spread and how deep they sow themselves into the soil.

Conflict
Anne Maynard is extremely unhappy about the request made by the garden to the Community Preservation Community about the funding required for eradicating the weeds because she believes that she wasn’t asked for her consent for using chemical pesticides for doing so and she also believes her plants might be harmed if something like this is used. So far, she has had 50 people in her support by signing for the petition that she has filed for and is gaining a large number of her supporters.

The thing about letting this weed grow through the surface is that no other plant will be grown healthy enough for its proper growth if her petition is brought in action, because when it comes to Japanese knotweed treatment, no other way is useful enough to remove the weeds from the garden.

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