The Anonymous Widower

The Welsh Find A Use For Japanese Knotweed

I had to laugh at a story, which is the secondary  story in this article on Rail News, which is entitled New Station Opens Quietly – And Knotweed Is Useful At Last.

The main story is about the opening of Bow Street station to the North of Aberystwyth.

When the London Overground took over the Lea Valley Lines, I comforted a semi-distraught London Overground manager, who had just found that one station was totally overrun with this heinous invader. It was so bad, he couldn’t even check how bad it was!

But it does seem, that the Welsh have come up with a solution on the line of Make The Bugger Work.

This is the paragraph, which describes the solution.

Bow Street has also made use of a plant pest which had been growing in the area, because 5000 cubic metres of Japanese Knotweed was treated and re-used for fill at the site, saving 400 lorry loads which would otherwise have been taken to landfill.

It’s very innovation and totally appropropriate.

February 15, 2021 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Lots of recipes on the web. It can be eaten, when young, like beansprouts, or pickled, pureed, grilled, or turned into jelly, bread, hummus and gin. Plus it reduces cholesterol (allegedly). What’s knot to like?

    Comment by Stephen Spark | February 15, 2021 | Reply

  2. It would take a lot of time to eat 5000 cubic metres of knotweed.

    I suspect though, Altalto could use it as raw material for a Sustainable Aviation Fuel plant.

    Comment by AnonW | February 15, 2021 | Reply


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