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Bamboo Ban in Cambridge

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The Department of Public Works will be taking an inventory count of bamboo in Cambridge. (Photo: WBOC) The Department of Public Works will be taking an inventory count of bamboo in Cambridge. (Photo: WBOC)

CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Shushan Chao of Cambridge is planting away in her front yard.  She has an assortment of flowers, but one thing she will not be planting this spring it bamboo.  She's read a thing or two about the plant such as "how difficult - how invasive the plant (is) and how difficult to get rid of (it is)."

Chaos supports a new measure in Cambridge that bans people from planting bamboo.  She lives across the street from a woman with bamboo in her yard. Nursery owner, Ricky Travers, said there could be some issues.

"It could happen in your neighbor's yard and if your neighbor doesn't control it, it would be over in your yard."

Travers said it is pretty easy for bamboo to multiply and grow wildly out of control.  The city has received some complaints which prompted them to pass the bamboo ordinance.  The Department of Public Works will be taking inventory throughout the city to determine who currently owns the plant.  

Some locals like Branden Spear oppose the measure.  

"People should be able to plant what they want as long as it doesn't interfere with the other neighbor's property," Spear said.

Existing bamboo plants will be allowed to stay, but no new bamboo can be planted in Cambridge.  This new measure will be implemented effective July 1.

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