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Nightmare knotweed found in West Norfolk

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A Japanese knotweed invasion is creeping across Norfolk and has been spotted in the west of the county.

A survey by Environet, a company which specialises in the removal of invasive plants, shows nine infestations around Lynn and 15 in the Fakenham area.

Japanese knotweed first arrived in UK in 1850 in a box of plant specimens delivered to Kew Gardens. Favoured for its rapid growth and pretty heart-shaped leaves, it was quickly adopted by gardeners and horticulturalists who were oblivious to its invasive nature. Now it strikes fear into the heart of homeowners.

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