Knotweed workshop at Colgan Hall, Carn this Saturday morning
Donegal County Council will spend an estimated €200,000 in an attempt to eradicate invasive plants here such as Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Knotweed.
The council will appoint contractors in the coming weeks for the four-year programme, which, it is hoped, will contain the spread of invasive alien plant species across the county.
Knotweed has spread quickly in Inishowen in recent years and, with roots that can spread below ground for more than seven metres, it can cause considerable damage while also blocking out native species.
Containing the weed is not easy. DCC says it should not be cut or pulled as spores can stick to machinery and clothing, thereby easily spreading the infestation.
Before the London 2012 Olympics, the British government spent more than £70 million clearing knotweed from a ten-acre site while the Irish government was forced to shell out more than €100,000 to remove the plant from the grounds of Kenmare hospital.
An Inch farmer, who declined to be named publicly, says knotweed has become a particular problem around Inch Lake and embankment recently.
He says if left untreated it will destroy the pathways and road infrastructure in the area.
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