PCA hosts Japanese Knotweed Webinar

Over 130 people logged onto the joint CABE and PCA webinar on Japanese Knotweed featuring our very own Dr Peter Fitzsimons’ earlier this week. Peter, PCA’s Technical Manager, explained the legislative framework which requires property developers and home owners (especially those undertaking development works) to carefully manage the treatment and/or removal of Read the full article…

Knapsack Spraying Certificate – PA1 & PA6aw

[August 2018] Last Week PCA Technical Manager for Invasive Weeds, Peter Fitzsimons, completed his NPTC ‘Knapsack spraying’ certificate (PA1/PA6aw). This has helped Peter understand more about the standards used to assess Japanese knotweed technicians. These tests are a statutory requirement for the use of herbicides etc. in the weed control sector.  Peter said “Having now Read the full article…

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…