Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2013.

Friday 21st December 2012

In my annual Christmas message, I try to summarise up the year as it affects Japanese knotweed and other invasive weeds. It has not been an easy year for knotweed control, the early dry and warm spell, led into a period of prolonged rain, which made it difficult to find adequate days in which to spray the knotweed. In the few dry weeks this summer, we had the opposite problem of some days being too warm and sunny – in which case the spray may dry too quickly, and so not be effective. Happily we worked our way around these problems and completed our spray programme in good time for the winter.

We had another good year, developing our business, working our way up to Stranraer in Dumfriesshire and starting a lot of new projects in the Midlands and the South. We have worked on several construction projects, and apart from the ‘minor’ issue of receiving payments in a prompt and timely manner, have been successful in this area.

We have enjoyed a busy period up to Christmas, with several conservation projects being started and completed. This part of the business, involves many diverse work types, including scrub clearance (mainly Sycamore), small tree felling, rhododendron clearance, hedge creation, etc. We also undertake specialist works such as chemically treating the stumps to prevent re-growth, using appropriate methods for the site. This year we have started using Ecoplug Max for stump treatments, and hope to report more on the success of this method.

Finally, let me wish you a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Contact Brian Taylor on 01327 340770 or email me on