Trade Body launches new group to tackle Knotweed problem

UK trade body the Property Care Association (PCA) has launched a new group dedicated to the removal and control of Japanese Knotweed.
The PCA has been working with RICS, the CML and the Building Societies Association, together with Japanese Knotweed control companies that currently operate in the UK to develop the Invasive Weed Control Group.   
This new aspect of the PCA coincides with the publication of new guidance from RICS entitled Japanese Knotweed and Residential Property, written by Phil Parnham.  This guidance, along with the development of the Invasive Weed Control Group 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 that consumers 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 chaired the Japanese Knotweed Working Group, which led to the development of the Invasive Weed Control Group.  He said:  “The working group set out to understand lender requirements, support RICS in producing an Information Paper for surveyors and establish the PCA as the trade body for the industry, with the necessary standards and skills in place to offer assurance with respect to the completion of treatments.”
Phlip Santo, Professional Practice Consultant, RICS Residential Professional Group added:  “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
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