Direct Democracy proposal for the Environment

Solution for dealing with Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed was accidentally imported and introduced into the UK environment in recent years. It is perennial, grows fast and strangles surrounding plant life. Its roots can grow for up to 50 feet below the surface and the plant's resilience means that it can propagate rapidly and easily.

Many councils have adopted a policy of non-treatment whilst scientists have been experimenting with intravenous chemical-based solutions and predator-species solutions and as such, the government has decided to introduce a bug from Japan that [apparently] only eats Japanese Knotweed but, they admit themselves that they have no idea of the long-term consequences - clever!

This clearly demonstrates that the government does not recognise that all species adapt so as to survive and in our opinion, these bugs will simply find a new food source as the supply of Knotweed diminishes and this in-turn will then have negative knock-on effects within our environment as the bug's new dietary needs start to interfere with the natural food-cycles and balances within our environment.

Most gardeners know that if any plant is prevented from photo-synthesizing [turning green], the roots under the surface will eventually die because without photosynthesis, a plant can only re-shoot a limited number of times before the root-base dies but unfortunately, freely-elected MPs don't know this and don't care to either [they are NOT problem solvers and neither do they have any training in problem solving].

In a massive stitch-up against the people and after David Cameron blocked our solution for Japanese Knotweed in 2010, hypocrite MPs fake 'defeat' and announce that homeowners are to be fined!

PA's simple and natural solution to Japanese Knotweed:

In early 2008 and as part of a community-based work project, Alex Romane [the PA founder] started experimenting with natural non-destructive ways of dealing with Japanese Knotweed that involved no chemicals and no other species but, only natural intervention. It was discovered that by repeatedly snapping the plant by hand [or by lawn mower] just after its new shoots break through the surface [they are red and easy to spot], it eventually stops shooting [after 6 to 9 months] as the root-base under the surface starves of energy, gives up and dies - and then becomes a natural form of underground plant fertilizer.

Further retarded government-thinking has also missed that this could have been used as an opportunity for communities to get involved with nature - therefore increasing and developing the community's knowledge and experience of their local natural environment as well as increasing social cohesion.

Should the People's Administration install direct democracy, we propose that councils, community centres, gardeners and housing associations administer the natural [not chemical or imported] solution to the problem of Japanese Knotweed in groups within their communities - capitalising on an opportunity to increase social cohesion as well as dealing with the Knotweed issue.

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