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Training course for non-native invasive weeds launched

03 July 2019

An initiative launched by the Property Care Association (PCA) is designed to help FMs improve their identification of non-native invasive weeds.

Among the 20 plant species and varieties in the PCA's specially-commissioned greenhouse at its Huntingdon facility are Japanese knotweed, American skunk cabbage and three-cornered garlic.

The association has stated that it has introduced a number of controls on site to ensure that there is no risk of any of the plants spreading away from the site.

These include an impervious root barrier membrane beneath the greenhouse, with all plant waste collected and disposed of by a licenced waste carrier.

Those signing up to attend the PCA course will receive an overview of the key issues surrounding certain plants listed on Schedule 9 of Section 14 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

PCA Weed Control Group technical manager Dr Peter Fitzsimons said: "The greenhouse will play a useful role in helping those on our training programmes to accurately identify invasive, non-invasive weeds in a controlled environment.

"By curating these plants in one location we can accelerate learning regarding weed species," he said.

Those attending the course will be receive copies of Practical Management of Invasive Non-Native Weeds in Britain and Ireland and the Field Guide to Invasive Plants and Animals in Britain.


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