New invasive weeds on the radar

A national trade body is urging landowners to be alert to a growing number of invasive weeds now being controlled by EU regulations. The European Commission has recently added a further nine plant species to the current list of 14 species covered. Included in the list is Giant hogweed – Read the full article…

Trade body warning on dangers of Giant Hogweed

[July 2017] National trade body The Property Care Association is urging caution as the invasive weed Giant Hogweed takes hold this summer.   The plant’s sap is extremely toxic to the skin in sunlight, making it a danger to public health. And experts from the PCA say if anyone comes Read the full article…

Century milestone for Japanese knotweed qualification

A national trade body has reached a significant milestone after awarding a key professional qualification for the 100th time. The Property Care Association (PCA) developed the Certificated Surveyor in Japanese Knotweed (CSJK) to provide a recognised standard for the invasive weed control sector. Consultant ecologist Peter Watson has become the Read the full article…

Early sightings of Japanese knotweed reported

February, 2016 Japanese knotweed is growing months ahead of normal in parts of the UK according to a national trade body. Mild winter weather has prompted unusually early sightings of the invasive plant, according to the Property Care Association (PCA). Japanese knotweed, which originated in the Far East, has thrived Read the full article…

New guide gives clarity on Japanese knotweed concerns

A new guide has been launched by the Property Care Association (PCA) to give a comprehensive picture on the main issues surrounding the invasive plant Japanese knotweed. The move follows the recent announcement from the Home Office that it is has reformed anti social powers to introduce Community Protection Notices Read the full article…

PCA Courses Take Control of Japanese knotweed

The Property Care Association is continuing to help the UK property and land management sectors take control of Japanese knotweed, with a comprehensive training programme designed to help ‘normalise’ the problem. Certificated Surveyor in Japanese knotweed (CSJK) The programme includes the two-day, modular course, Control and Eradication of Japanese Knotweed, Read the full article…

History of Japanese knotweed

The significance of Japanese knotweed (scientific name Fallopia japonica), and the potential problems it can bring, has been the subject of increased publicity in recent years as accounts of it pushing its way through tarmac and concrete and growing at excessive rates have been reported. Originally brought to Britain from Read the full article…