UK trade body the Property Care Association (PCA) has launched a new group – dedicated to the removal and control of Japanese Knotweed in Fenland.
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.
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, which has its headquarters in Huntingdon, 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 Fenland 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.”
Professor Max Wade, director of Ecology at RPS Planning and Development, has chaired the Japanese Knotweed Working Group, which has led to the development of the PCA Invasive Weed Control Group.
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