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Rhu and Shandon Community Council

Local Knotweed Action

The Community Council is attempting to keep a record of all outbreaks in our area. To this end they set up a  Knotweed Taskforce in 2014. Its aims are listed below.

If you regularly walk in areas where the weed is flourishing and are willing to help in this exercise, please let the secretary know. ( 

 If you do not know what it looks like, we will help you identify it. Copies of the leaflet we produced are still available. You can see pictures and identification tips on the Knotweed Facts page of this website.
 We will  inform Argyll and Bute Council of our findings, with a view to asking them to set up a containment  programme for the weed.

There was a landmark case in February 2017 in which Network Rail were sued for allowing Knotweed to spread onto someonelse's land. This has implications for everyone who has a garden.

The aims and objectives of the Knotweed taskforce are listed below.

• Raise awareness of the plant, its main features and the danger it poses to the property and the environment. Use the Website and the Press
• Offer help to the Community in identification. 
• Appeal for help from the general community in locating all areas of the weed

  • Roadsides
  • ïWoodland
  • Seashore
  • Railway tracks
  • Gardens
  • Report outbreaks to the relevant landowner
  • Keep a record of where outbreaks are located.
  •  Monitor the situation.

Initial Actions: September 2015

  • Information Leaflet prodused and distributed to all residents in Rhu and Shandon
  • Llandowners in the district were made aware of status of old and new outbreaks of the weed on their land.
  • All the landowners have responded positively, with promises of action.  Luss Estates, Argyll and Bute and the MOD  have already started treatment. Network Rail have promised treatment.