Taking on a knotty issue

Pictured left to right are Stephen Hodgson, general manager of the PCA and Philip Santo Professional Practice Consultant, RICS Residential Professional Group, at the launch of the PCA's Invasive Weed Control Group
Pictured left to right are Stephen Hodgson, general manager of the PCA and Philip Santo Professional Practice Consultant, RICS Residential Professional Group, at the launch of the PCA's Invasive Weed Control Group

A NEW group dedicated to the removal and control of Japanese Knotweed in Leigh has been launched.

UK trade body the Property Care Association (PCA) has been working with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) 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 Leigh can identify companies – through the PCA – that can 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.”

Professor Max Wade, director of Ecology at RPS Planning and Development, said: “Japanese Knotweed has an inflated reputation. It is just a plant. There are other plants that can cause significantly more damage to properties, such as sycamore trees for example.

“The problem can be dealt with, and now there is a recognised framework to remedy it.”

Further information is available at www.property-care.org.