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    Trade body develops specialist course on Japanese knotweed

    National
    trade body the Property Care Association (PCA) has developed specialist
    training to support property professionals in the identification of Japanese
    knotweed and other invasive species.

    The
    ‘Invasive Plant Identification Course’ gives a comprehensive overview of the
    key issues surrounding certain plants listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and
    Countryside Act.

    Growth
    stages, biosecurity, ecology, habitat and UK distribution are some of the areas
    covered by the one-day programme.

    Participants
    are also able to see live non-native invasive specimens, which are being
    cultivated under stringent conditions in a specially created greenhouse
    environment on the PCA’s site.

    Included
    in the list of non-native species covered by the programme are plants
    including, but not limited to;

    • American
      Skunk Cabbage
    • Rhododendron
    • Giant
      Rhubarb
    • Creepers
    • Buddleia
    • Hottentot
      Fig
    • Yellow
      Azalea
    • Giant
      Hogweed
    • Few
      Flowered Leek
    • Three
      Cornered Garlic
    • Bamboo

    The
    first course takes place at the PCA’s training centre, in Huntingdon, on
    Thursday, August 1.

    The
    cost is £295 plus VAT for PCA members, and £345 plus VAT for those not in
    membership of the association.

    More
    information and booking details can be found at www.property-care.org/training-qualifications/training-courses/invasive-plant-identification/

    All
    those taking part also receive a free copy of both ‘Practical Management of
    Invasive Non-Native Weeds in Britain and Ireland’ and the ‘Field Guide to
    Invasive Plants and Animals In Britain.’