Partners promise to kill knotweed

Two firms combine to eradicate problem weed in single growing season

Two firms have combined to try to eradicate a problem that costs business £1.5 billion a year — Japanese knotweed. Thurlow Countryside Management (TCM) of Haverhill, Suffolk, and RPS Ecology of St Ives, Cambridgeshire, have teamed up to offer a service that gets in early to destroy the invasive Fallopia japonica before it can spread, saving clients expense and worry. RPS operational director Professor Max Wade said: “Invasive weeds operate on different terms. The industry’s usual approach to such problems invariably costs more than is necessary, financially and environmentally, and is less effective than it should be.” His view is echoed by TCM managing director Howard Downer, who said: “We came to the same conclusion from opposite ends of the spectrum. TCM is a very practical company that gets things done. We could see the standard approach to dealing with problem weeds, especially Japanese knotweed, was entirely at odds with the growth habit and physiology of the plant.” The partnership is guaranteeing eradication from a site in one growing season using what it calls holistic integrated treatment, which increases the effectiveness of herbicides with attacks on the physiological weaknesses in the plant.

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