We Need to Talk About Japanese Knotweed

For those of you that may not know, Japanese knotweed is now a well established and increasing known invasive plant that can be commonly found in residential surveys. For those wondering “what the heck am I talking about“, a simple ‘Google’ search will instantly throw up a wide variety of Read the full article…

More Invasive weeds to come under Regulation

Following a review of the EU Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Regulations, 17 new species are being added to the list of ‘Species of Concern’ – 13 of these are plants! This is important news for our ‘Invasive Weed Group Members‘ who already have a total of over 64 plants to Read the full article…

Good Weed – Bad Weed?

Words can be very powerful and conjure-up strong emotive reactions. If we describe something as ‘weedy’ it’s usually a negative term suggesting something defective or weak etc, but nothing could be further from the truth as far as actual weeds are concerned! Most weeds (lets assume a working definition as Read the full article…

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…