2010 thoughts for the year

Friday 17th December 2010

Another year is nearly over, and there have been a lot of changes concerning Japanese knotweed and the industry that we operate in.

The main change is of course the release of the psyllid in England and Wales Aphalara itadori which is intended to be a biological control for Japanese knotweed. It will not eradicate knotweed and may have a limited effect, however it may produce a better ecological balance and minimise the new spread of Japanese knotweed. The initial release has not been without problems and we are waiting to hear an update on this matter.

Another change has been the standard rate of landfill tax, which increased by 8/tonne to 48/tonne in April. It is planned to increase to 56/tonne in April 2011.

Contractors in knotweed have come and gone this year, at least one large contractor went into administration this year. Construction companies (large and small) have also gone into administration, so the industry is constantly changing.

We started 2010 in ice and snow, and all the signs are that we are ending it the same way, we at The Knotweed Company are looking forward to 2011 and the new challenges and opportunities that it will bring.

We would like to wish all our customers, clients and partners a very Merry Christmas and wish them all the best for 2011.

Contact Brian Taylor on 01327 340770 or email me on brian@knotweed-removal.co.uk