Landlords are being advised to familiarise themselves with the dangers of the troublesome weed. Japanese Knotweed affects around 5% of all properties in the UK. It has the potential to cause structural damage to buildings and walls. This means around 1,250,000 properties are currently affected by Japanese Knotweed!
Japanese Knotweed is estimated to be responsible for £170m worth of property repairs every year. The plant is that harmful it can cause damage to concrete, tarmac and even river banks. Its roots can grow up to three metres in depth and by seven metres in direction. The is no 6-mile stretch exempt from the weed. If you own a property, whether it be residential or commercial, it is worth having a site survey just to ensure that your property is safe from possible damage.
Spotting the Weed
Initial signs that Japanese Knotweed could be present in your garden will take the form of red and purple shoots, often shooting up in the spring. These are accompanied by rolled back leaves, which often spread and grow at a quick pace, up to 10cm a day in the summer. In the winter, the weed does not die, it remains dormant and has brown stems which are hollow. To see more examples of the notorious weed click here.
We are pleased to announce that we are now BALI accredited!
What is BALI?
The British Association of Landscape Industries is established to promote, support and inspire all professional landscapers, garden designers and landscape suppliers to be leaders of an environmentally, ethically and commercially sustainable landscape industry.
BALI is the leading Trade Association for the nation’s landscape professionals and delivers exceptional business, technical and promotional support to their
They have over 900 professional landscapers, landscape contractors, grounds maintenance contractors, interior landscapers, gardeners and garden designers listed as active members who have been fully vetted and approved members.
Their members have specialist skills in tree work, disabled gardens, garden design, gardening, fencing, hard landscaping, soft landscaping, turf and lawn care, artificial turf, trees and shrubs, hydroseeding, interiorscapes, drainage, groundworks, roof gardens and sports grounds and maintenance to name a few.
(Taken from the BALI website)
What this means to you
By Japanese Knotweed Expert having a BALI Accreditation, it gives our customers peace of mind that they are using a reliable company to complete their invasive weed removal. To become a member, you have to sign up to their Code of Conduct, which is a pledge to carry out our business to the very highest industry standard. We invest money in training our staff and adhere to all health and safety regulations. By choosing us to complete your work, you can be assured of professional excellence, value for money and outstanding customer service. Please follow this link to see our profile on the BALI website: http://www.bali.org.uk/organisation/organisation_detail.jhps.html
Japanese knotweed is a fast-growing, invasive weed, It is rapidly becoming one of Britain’s most invasive weeds. Japanese Knotweed can remain dormant for over twenty years, but once it begins to grow, it can spread at a pace of 1.2 metres per month and up to a whopping 10cm a day. It develops a series of underground roots and shoots, referred to as rhizomes, which can grow out for several metres from the original stand. It is characteristic by its hollow, purple stems and heart-shaped leaves. If you need more information on this, we have a page dedicated to helping our clients to identify Japanese knotweed.
Why Should I Attend Your CPD Course?
CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development and is a requirement in most industries. Anyone who is a member of a professional body is likely to have CPD requirements laid out to them. There is usually a set amount of mandatory hours required to complete annually. CPD exists to help people manage and record their own development on an ongoing basis, allowing the individual to reflect and review what they have learnt.
Japanese Knotweed Expert is proud to be a member of the CPD Certification Service. They are the leading institution for CPD accreditation, operating a strict course approval process.
As a result of our 20 years experience in the invasive weed industry, we are now offering a CPD course in which we educate you, the learner, on how to identify Japanese Knotweed. This course is immensely useful for a wide range of professionals, including but not limited to surveyors, solicitors, builders, architect and estate/letting agents.
Further information regarding our CPD course or any other services can be found on our website. If you have any questions please contact us on 0800 1337 444.