The site is overgrown with native and non-native plants which need to be cleared before any progress can be made. The best time of year to treat the most prevalent plant, Japanese knotweed, is late summer when it draws nutrients down into its underground rhizome system and by introducing herbicide at this time it is also drawn into the roots, thus weakening the plant.
To allow access to all plants on the site the first step will be to clear all dead vegetation that grew over the past few years, and this work began in March. Once the dead vegetation is removed the graveyard will look much better.
If you visit the site bear in mind
There are no graves in the lower 20 metres of the graveyard so please keep away from the retaining wall along Carmarthen Road.
Japanese knotweed is widespread across South Wales and it is here to stay! In addition, Swansea has the dubious honour of being the knotweed capital of the UK.
Rather than chase the unrealistic target of eradication the approach will be focused on control. Improvements to the graveyard's appearance over the next few months will be short-lived as the knotweed will start growing in spring, and by the end of summer the graveyard will be overgrown...just like last year. Herbicide treatment will then begin with a combination of spraying and injection with a glyphosate-based herbicide - an ongoing programme of treatment and monitoring will ensure this persistent plant is managed over the long-term.
All knotweed control work will be carried out by the aptly named Knotweed Control Swansea Limited, who are one of South Wales' leading authorities on non-native invasive species and their control.
All work and herbicides application will follow relevant legislation and best practices in addition to being undertaken by appropriately-qualified and experienced professions. Prior to any work, full environmental and ecological assessments will be completed. Treatment schedules will be published in advance on this website and notices posted at the graveyard whilst treatment is underway.
The herbicide safety warning states "People, pets and wildlife need not be kept out the treated areas. It is best not to walk in areas where the spray is still wet as transfer to other vegetation may lead to unwanted damage to other foliage. Once the spray is dry this cannot occur".
Realistically, it will take 2-3 years until the knotweed is under control and during this time there will be annual clearing and pesticide treatment. In parallel, work will soon start