A new video has been created by the Invasive Weed Control Group to provide insight into the major issues surrounding plants such as Japanese knotweed
The Property Care Association has released a new video on invasive weed control. Through the trade body’s Invasive Weed Control Group, the video gives an insight into the issue of non-native species and the risk these plants pose to the environment.
Japanese knotweed is one such plant that can bring significant problems if it is allowed to take hold. Earlier this year, Network Rail was ordered to pay compensation after the invasive weed spread from its land. This decision was heralded as a landmark change to the way in which the invasive species of plants are dealt with, as landowners could be liable for damage caused by plants growing from their land. With this in mind, understanding the major issues surrounding invasive weeds is becoming a necessity.
Decades of experience
The video from the PCA provides insight into the problem. Chair Professor Max Wade offers decades of experience while outlining the latest findings in the sector.
Wade said: “The presence of invasive weeds can have a considerable impact in a variety of situations.
“Japanese knotweed can devalue land and property and lead to the refusal of mortgages on properties affected by it.
“Along with other non-native species such as Himalayan balsam, these plants can impede flow in rivers and drainage ditches causing a rise in water flow levels, leading to flooding.
“Another concern is Giant Hogweed, as its extremely toxic sap presents a public health issue. If anyone comes into contact with any part the plant, followed by exposure to sunlight, they can sustain severe blistering to the skin and discomfort.
“As a result of their impact, it is important that advice is sought quickly to control and manage invasive weeds effectively.
“Over the years, the PCA’s Invasive Weed Control Group has provided its membership with the expertise to control and manage invasive species, offering high levels of technical knowledge and practical skill.
“The group’s experience and best practice approach means it is well-placed to deal with the challenges ahead; offering a level headed, co-ordinated and effective means to control invasive weeds across the UK.”
The message of the video is that while invasive weed management can be daunting, it can also be controlled with professional support.
Wade added: “We are taking all steps necessary to ‘normalise’ invasive weeds, so they are viewed generally as any other type of property problem, in that they can be identified and treated, with minimal impact.
“However, effective eradication is a job for the experts, so it’s vitally important for anyone who thinks they might have an issue to seek advice.”
One of the services the PCA’s Invasive Weed Control Group offers is a list of specialist contractors and consultants for those seeking advice and support.
The association will also host its annual Invasive Weed Control conference on 23 November at The Møller Centre, Cambridge.