PCA launching Japanese knotweed code of practice


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The Property Care Association (PCA), the national trade body of the Japanese knotweed industry has created a Japanese knotweed code of practice that provides a guide to the management of the non-native invasive weed.

The launch of the code of practice marks a significant progression in the PCA’s Invasive Weed Control Group and follows on from RICS Japanese knotweed Code of Practice.

The PCA comments on the Code of Practice

Steve Hodgson, CEO of the PCA said “Publication of the code sets a new standard for an industry where stories of poor practice abound.”

"Ultimately it will, together with the reassurance of PCA membership, offer further assistance to consumers who want to separate those who can control Japanese Knotweed from those who think they can.”

"The new code of practice has been developed by the most knowledgeable and experienced experts, many of whom have been successfully controlling Japanese Knotweed for their clients for years. The end result is a practical and robust standard that has been adopted by industry – which also backs up the stringent entry criteria set by the Property Care Association."

Launch of the code of practice

The Japanese knotweed code of practice is due to officially launch at the PCA’s Annual Conference that takes place on April 25th 2013 at The National Space Centre in Leicester. Mark Fennell, the Senior Consultant Ecologist, who was instrumental in drafting the new code of practice will introduce the document.

The Rotter talks Japanese knotweed

Les Meikle, a.k.a. the Rotter from Wise Property Care and current Chairman of the PCA said that “The new Japanese knotweed Code of Practice is a fantastic document put together by the PCA. I hope that homeowners will realise how important it is to bring in an expert to deal with a Japanese knotweed problem.”

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