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Turning the tide on knotweed in Fort William

KNOTWEED along the Fort William Loch shore is finally being brought under control after three years.

Lochaber Fisheries Trust says visitors to the town will no longer be greeted by the sight of knotweed running rampant as areas that were once dense blocks of this aggressive, alien plant are now being reclaimed by native species.

A partnership between the trust and the Criminal Justice Service saw offenders who were carrying out community payback orders and were trained in the safe use of pesticides inject every stem of knotweed with concentrated weedkiller. Now three years on the knotweed is finally succumbing to this sustained attack.

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