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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Bolton is the worst affected location for Japanese knotweed in the UK, it has been revealed. The “aggressive” bamboo-like plant, which grows quickly and spreads through its underground roots, can undermine the structural integrity of buildings and is expensive to treat. It can even push through concrete, bricks and mortar - devaluing a property by 10 per cent. There are currently more than 54,000 known infestations of Japanese knotweed across the country. Bolton, Keasley, Ramsbottom, Salford and Swinton are the worst affected areas in Greater Manchester. An online map created by Exposed has found Bolton also tops the table of the worst affected location in the UK for spring 2021, followed by Bristol and St Helens in Merseyside. Japanese knotweed map for Greater Manchester (Image: Exposed) The Greater Manchester Japanese knotweed hotspots for 2021 are: Location Infestations within 4km radius Bolton 621 Kearsley 228 Ramsbottom 200 Salford 116 Swinton 103 Following its winter hibernation, knotweed begins to grow in March or April, depending on the local ground temperature. The plant can reach up to three metres in height by mid-summer.
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. They then grow heart or shovel-shaped leaves and pink-flecked stems.
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Pushing up through cracks in concrete, driveways, patios, paths, drains and even the cavity walls of homes, Japanese knotweed can make a property difficult to sell, unless a professional treatment plan is in place with an insurance-backed guarantee to satisfy mortgage lenders. According to Environet’s research, approximately five per cent of homes are currently affected by the plant, either directly or indirectly, knocking around £20 billion off UK house prices.
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Mat Day, Environet’s Regional Director for Greater Manchester, said: “Knowledge is power when it comes to Japanese knotweed and this heatmap is invaluable to homeowners and buyers who want to assess the risk in their local area. “With the stamp duty holiday extended and lockdown restrictions beginning to ease, the property market is busier than ever – but failing to carry out the appropriate checks for knotweed can turn out to be an expensive mistake. “Despite its fearsome reputation, with professional help, the plant can be dealt with and the value of a property largely restored. I’d urge anyone buying or selling a property, or homeowners wishing to preserve the value of their home, to be vigilant for signs of spring growth and check Exposed to see whether they live in a high-risk area.”
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