Invasive plants: The Jekyll and Hyde conundrum

Non-native invasive weeds get a lot of bad press for obvious reasons. But are they ‘all bad’? Robert Louis Stephenson’s allegorical tale about good and evil provides a useful analogy here so lets see how it helps? Most invasive weeds arrived in the UK by deliberate human intervention because they Read the full article…

It’s more than just the ‘big three’!

As we head towards Invasive Species Week, organised for later this month by the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat (GB NNSS), I thought it would be timely to consider the wider picture on invasive non-native plants in the UK. When it comes to surveying, some may not appreciate that there are Read the full article…

PCA Weekly News – 10th April 2021

In your weekly PCA update this week: Invasive Species – so what is the cost? Future Buildings Standard – Last chance to comment! Mediterranean Furniture Beetle Free Twice-weekly Rapid Flow Tests for All! Understanding wood-destroying insects webinar! Invasive Plant ID Training Stress Awareness Month Invasive Species – so what is Read the full article…

So you think you know all about herbicides?

The PCA always seeks ways to help its members achieve the highest standards in their sector and through our training courses and qualifications, we have always tried to help set benchmarks for knowledge and competence. UK legislation also imposes duties on employers to provide appropriate training to meet safety standards Read the full article…

Japanese Knotweed – Future Challenges

After a short break we are back to complete our trilogy of commentaries on the long-awaited report Japanese Knotweed Management Overseas. Commissioned by Defra and conducted by independent consultants Risk Policy Analysts (and others), this report adds to our understanding of Japanese knotweed management outside the UK and has delivered Read the full article…

Managing Japanese knotweed – Can we do even better?

We reported last week in our blog ‘Japanese knotweed Management Overseas – Defra Report’ on Defra’s independently commissioned report “Management of Japanese knotweed Overseas”. The clear message was that the UK’s approach to knotweed was essentially justified (it really is a uniquely difficult and environmentally damaging weed) and proportionate. However, Read the full article…

Japanese knotweed Research Around the World

We could be forgiven for thinking we are masters of our universe when it comes to managing Japanese knotweed. The Environment Agency’s and our own Code of Practice, based on text-book biology and years of collective practical experience, are referred to as ‘best practice’ guidance. The very term is prejorative; Read the full article…