New plan to tackle knotweed threat

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A NEW crackdown has been launched in Wigan against one of nature’s menaces.

Trade body the Property Care Association has set up a new group dedicated to the removal and control of Japanese Knotweed in the borough.

Once it has taken hold the weed can rampage over other flora and is difficult to get rid of.

The PCA has been working with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) - supported by the Council of Mortgage Lenders and The Building Societies Association - together with Japanese Knotweed control companies that currently operate within the UK, to develop the Invasive Weed Control Group.

This new aspect of the Association coincides with the publication of new guidance from RICS entitled Japanese Knotweed and Residential Property, authored by Phil Parnham.

The guidance - along with the development of the PCA’s Invasive Weed Control Group to signpost consumers to professional treatment companies - now offers assurance and certainty in tackling the problem.

Stephen Hodgson, general manager of the PCA, said: “For several months, the PCA has been working with sections of the Japanese Knotweed control industry to provide representation, accreditation and trade association services.

“Ultimately this work has drawn together a set of standards that will ensure consumers in Wigan can identify companies - through the PCA - that have the skills, infrastructure, knowledge and integrity to eliminate this troublesome weed properly and cost-effectively.

“Our role as an established trade body, with a reputation for high standards, ensures a recognised and effective route for the delivery of this work.

“The control of invasive species, such as Japanese Knotweed, also complements the Association’s existing areas of expertise.”

Philip Santo, Professional Practice Consultant, RICS Residential Professional Group, represented RICS on the Japanese Knotweed Working Group and facilitated the RICS Information Paper.

He said: “What we can do now is promote certainty. We have standardisation, consistency and best practice standards in the treatment industry.”

Further information is available at www.property-care.org where a list of professional Japanese Knotweed control contractors is available.