Ireland pledge €5.5m to tackle Japanese Knotweed on roads

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[blockquote type=”left” cite=”” id=”” class=”” style=””]”Japanese knotweed is a non-native invasive species and it’s a problem for everyone.

TII and the Department of Transport are taking a national approach working with local authorities in battling Japanese knotweed, it will be ongoing for years to come, and it will take variety of stakeholders working together to have lasting impact.”[/blockquote]

The report goes onto state that knotweed can be controlled successfully through application of professional services such crown removal, herbicide spraying and follow up treatments – echoing exactly what Knotweed Services always tells its clients.

The €5.5m fund will be available for local authorities who will draw down from it through the competitive tendering for call-off contracts (which specifies terms, conditions and prices with suppliers of goods and services).

TII confirmed that a number of call-off contracts, which specify terms and conditions, have been issued to several local authorities for tender and award of eradication treatments on national routes and their intersections with regional roads.

TII said: “These contracts have been set up as a four-year rolling treatment programme in order to control and prevent the further spread of invasive alien plant species. Further call-off contracts will be issued in ensuing years to treat the remaining counties affected by IAPS [invasive alien plant species] infestations.”

Japanese knotweed continues to be featuring heavily in the news (radio, TV and news papers). The government has recently introduced laws and penalties for those that don’t manage their Japanese knotweed invasion. You can now be fined upto £2500 (£20,000 if you’re a company) and receieve an ASBO!! More on that here.

Discovering Japanese Knotweed on or around your property can be quite distressing. Knotweed Services UK understand that no one wants to be told their property is worth less because of an aggressive weed in their garden however Japanese Knotweed will inevitably devalue your property. Eradicating it yourself would be very difficult and would require lots of time researching the plant properly. It would also require you to purchase expensive equipment, that’s why we strongly suggest using a specialist contractor such as ourselves. We have the professional training and experience to effectively eradicate any Japanese Knotweed infestation.

Knotweed Services UK are PCA approved. The PCA is a government approved trade body for “the damp, waterproofing, wood preservation and invasive weeds industries”. As a member of the PCA we are required to adhere to strict standards in order to receive PCA membership. The application for membership is detailed and thorough. It is for these reasons that any company approved by the PCA can be trusted to provide the most effective solutions for Japanese knotweed removal.

Please watch the video below to find out the benefits of choosing a PCA approved Japanese knotweed contractor:

If you are trying to sell your property and your surveyor finds Japanese Knotweed on their initial report you are sure to run into problems. The process may be delayed or cancelled all together.

This does not have to be the case. In order to sell your property you may need a management plan to be in place; this plan will show that you are dealing with your Japanese Knotweed infestation and that it will not be a problem by the time the plan is completed. We will create a personal management plan for every customer. The plans are very in depth and are backed by our warranty meaning you can sleep easy knowing that your infestation is being taken care of.

If you are a homeowner who has found Japanese Knotweed on or around your property let us know as soon as you can. The sooner we know the sooner we can eradicate your Japanese Knotweed. Or if you are surveyor and need a management plan to be created we can also do this for you, saving you the time.

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