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International Invasive Weed Conference

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.


What to do when you find Japanese knotweed

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 propertyTo listen please click the link, the article is 27 minutes in: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00003t3

Invasive plants to take root at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Experts from the PCA’s Invasive Weed Control Group are to showcase 14 of the good, the bad and the ugly invasive non-native plants which are currently thriving in gardens across the country at this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Click here to read more:  http://press.rhs.org.uk/RHS-Shows/Chelsea/Press-releases/Invasive-plants-to-take-root-at-RHS-Chelsea-Flower.aspx



I spy with my little eye something beginning with J..?!

I do enjoy visiting and carrying out site surveys to identify if japanese knotweed is present in a back garden, however in winter it is quite cheeky and looks much like most other plants – dead and brown!

Tell tale signs – stems stand tall and zig-zag at the end.

Can you spot it?

Japanese knotweed identification survey, CR6
Japanese knotweed identification survey, CR6


Springing into Action

Spring is coming fast and so is the Japanese Knotweed!  Out in the Sevenoaks and Crawley the plant looks well and truly dead – don’t touch it as the roots are very alive.  As you can see in the photograph, the centre a deep orange colour.  Also smells interesting to!

However you may have noticed closer in the London area growth is starting to be seen.  Don’t forget especially if you are thinking of selling your property to ensure its professionally treated and have a management plan to cover any questions the potential buyer may have.

under the surface - Japanese Knotweed very alive
under the surface – japanese knotweed very alive, Crawley

Property Care Association (PCA) Inaugural Invasive Weed Conference

It was great to attend the first Invasive Weed Conference by the Property Care Association especially being a member!  Lots of discussion about best practice in terms of controlling and eradicating Japanese Knotweed as well as the latest updates on alternatives to herbicide treatment.