Destructive Japanese knotweed found in historic Birmingham hall grounds needs ‘urgent’ removal

The Birmingham Mail reports:

A £300,000 project of ‘urgent’ works could take place at the grounds of Highbury Hall which include removing Japanese knotweed.

The Chamberlain Highbury Trust, which manages the estate in Moseley for the city council, is looking to make applications to Historic England (HE) and the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile the charity’s larger multi-million pound bid to the NLHF, for the wider redevelopment and restoration of Highbury, has been put off until June next year having seen three previous attempts rejected.

The shorter term project will focus on the clearance of non-native invasive plants, such as knotweed and Himalayan balsam. Knotweed is particularly notorious among homeowners for its potential to cause damage and reduce property values.

That will clear the original driveway from the lodge to the hall in order to re-establish the historic approach to the building. Once the funding bids are submitted they can be determined within two months.

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