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BBC sheds light on invasive Bamboos

Invasive Bamboo species have been making headlines lately, and even had their own segment on a recent episode of the BBC One Show. The episode was quite insightful, shedding light on the proliferation of these non-native plants and the havoc they wreak within homeowner's gardens.

Invasive Bamboos, known for their impressive screening capabilities, backed with rapid growth and aggressive spreading tendencies, have become a growing concern for homeowners and professional property surveyors. The unchecked expansion of these plants can lead to a host of issues, including amenity value loss and possible legal ramifications. 

Key takeaway

One of my personal key takeaways from the BBC One Show episode was identifying that the Phyllostachys species (clumping) are not true clumping plants and can be just as much of a problem as running varieties. As many of our members who have already established themselves within invasive Bamboo removal will tell you, it’s quite often the clumping varieties which cause damage. 

The importance of awareness and action

The importance of awareness and action in tackling the invasive Bamboo problem should not be understated. While these plants may seem innocuous at first glance, their unchecked growth can quickly spiral out of control, leading to costly and challenging eradication efforts. This is where competency and training play a crucial role. Recognising the need for individuals equipped with the knowledge and skills to address invasive Bamboo infestations, the Property Care Association (PCA) offers specialised training of invasive Bamboos and other invasive non-native plants, which are tailored to the unique challenges posed by these plants. 

Knowledge is key! 

Attending the Bamboos and other Invasive Grasses course equips attendees with the opportunity to further their knowledge within identification, management, and eradication of invasive Bamboo species effectively. From understanding Phyllostachys aurea to your Sasa palmata, to effective treatment or removal methods, the course covers a wide range of topics essential for tackling this invasive species, led by a trainer who could arguably be debated as one of the top authoritative figures within invasive Bamboos. 

Moreover, the course emphasises the importance of adopting environmentally friendly and sustainable approaches to invasive Bamboo management, which was something the One Show failed to highlight. Is removal always our first option, or is there an opportunity to promote Integrated Weed Management (IWM) strategies by partial removal and partial herbicide treatment? A sorely missed opportunity by the BBC. If they had only contacted a PCA accredited company.

The need for more professionals trained to handle Bamboo

As the prevalence of invasive Bamboo continues to grow, the need for competent and trained individuals or contractors who can effectively manage these plants has never been greater. Through initiatives like the PCA's invasive Bamboo training course and combined with hands on experience, individuals can acquire the expertise needed to confront the invasive Bamboo problem head-on. Perhaps beginning to correct the mistakes by so many who have been falsely influenced by late 90’s garden makeover shows. 



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