Christmas greetings and thoughts for invasive weeds in 2012!

Wednesday 14th December 2011

Wed like to wish all our clients and/or readers of this blog a very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2012.

2011 has been a good year for us, weve successfully tendered for a number of projects including for the construction industry, Local Authorities and for many residential properties. Weve worked with customers selling houses with knotweed and have a number of successes in this area. Weve been involved with construction schemes, including for an Oxford College, a site near Bletchley Park, sites in North Wales, London and in the Midlands.

Weve participated in the recent consultation from RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) on the problems of dealing with Japanese knotweed when buying/selling property. We thought that the draft paper was a mainly excellent summary of Best Practice and we shall be working in 2012 to comply with this.

In 2011, the Japanese knotweed psyllid was released (the 2010 introductions having failed due to a late frost); it will be interesting to see if the psyllids survive a British winter and if so what the survival rate will be. At the moment, all psyllids are presumably overwintering on conifer needles; the adult psyllids overwinter like this until Japanese knotweed starts growing again. A thought that did occur to me, is that some psyllids may have chosen to overwinter on Christmas trees...

2012 looks like being an important year for Japanese knotweed. Will the psyllid have overwintered in sufficient numbers? Will the important RICS paper be adopted by mortgage companies as the knotweed standard? What will happen in the construction industry in 2012? Were looking forward to finding out what 2012 holds for us. We have a number of new announcements to make in the next few weeks and months, so we hope to see you here in 2012.

In the meantime, we would like to wish you well for your Christmas festivities and very Best Wishes for a Prosperous 2012 to all of us.

If you would like to talk to a professional about your knotweed problem, please call us. Our quotations are free and without obligation.

Contact Brian Taylor on 01327 340770 or email me on my email