Japanese knotweed courses aim to 'normalise' the invasive plant

National trade body The Property Care Association says it has had a surge of enquiries from property and land management specialists for its training courses on the control of Japanese knotweed.

Operatives in the invasive weed control industry have shown great interest too, the association said.

Property Care Association chief executive Steve Hodgson said: "Japanese knotweed is just a plant and we are taking all steps necessary to ‘normalise’ it, so it is viewed generally as any other type of property problem, in that it can be identified and treated, with minimal impact

"Having trained professionals operating in the industry is key to that and our courses are helping to share the latest thinking and expertise to enable Japanese knotweed to be controlled, and to give reassurance to lenders that it can be remediated."

The programme includes the two-day, modular course, Control and Eradication of Japanese Knotweed, which focuses mainly on identification and control measures also briefly covers other invasive plants that staff should be aware of.

Courses are aimed at professionals in sectors including construction and development, surveying, horticulture, ecology and land remediation.

The PCA also launched a new training programme last year for technicians and field operatives working on the control and management of Japanese knotweed.

The one day course ‘Japanese knotweed PCA Qualified Technician,’ is targeted at site workers who want to understand more about the plant and its eradication. 

This course teaches students in a classroom environment the technical, biological and academic principles of controlling Japanese knotweed.

Both courses have been developed following the creation of the PCA’s Invasive Weed Control Group in 2012.


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