Wigan council is set to spend £300,000 to root out invasive plants including Japanese knotweed and giant hogweed. Read more here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-46209025
The International Invasive Weed Conference is being held on 22nd November 2018 and will cover topics Identification, Assessment and Response followed by a panel debate led by the PCA. For more information and to book a place please click here: https://www.property-care.org/conferences/international-invasive-weed-conference-identification-assessment-response/ It should be a very interesting event.
Could this revolutionise my business?! Probably not, but a great alternative to herbicides in the aquatic environment! https://twitter.com/Bill_Sutherland/status/1038075135763390464
A mite could prove a mighty weapon against one of the UKs most invasive weeds – no its not Japanese knotweed! But this is an interesting read nonetheless: https://www.cabi.org/news-and-media/2018/tiny-mite-could-prove-a-mighty-weapon-in-the-fight-against-one-of-the-uk-s-most-invasive-weeds/
… or not? An interesting listen from BBC You and Yours programme questioning the 7 metre rule: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bd6ycp
Treating large infestations of Japanese knotweed does take time. Using stem injections six months later can have some good initial effect, but still requires long term monitoring. (Yes for those keen eyes there is more Japanese knotweed in the background of the second photo! At this visit requested not to treat it, which is why monitoring is also so important to control the activity of the plant.)
PCA’s Technical Manager for Invasive Weeds Peter Fitzsimons, spoke on the BBC Radio Ulster – On Your Behalf programme about Japanese Knotweed. The programme discusses ‘the issues with Japanese Knotweed, what to do and what not to do when you find it on your property‘ To listen please click the link, the article is 27 minutes in: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00003t3
An interesting listen – This article includes a discussion on the up-coming Williams vs Network Rail case (claim for compensation by a private property owner living adjacent to a railway embankment with a long-standing JKW infestation); how it has progressed so far and its implications for setting legal precedents for future (potential) claims.
Click here to listen: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b7fj36 (After the first 30 seconds jump to 19 minutes 45 seconds to catch the start of the feature which lasts approximately 8 minutes).
The PCA exhibit of invasive plants was well received by visitors to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, many of whom shared their stories of battling with invasive species. The judges were so impressed with the stand that they awarded a silver gilt medal!