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  • Invasive Species Compendium… Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

    Did you even know there was such a thing as the ‘Invasive Species Compendium’…? Do you even know what it is…? Do you even know what an ‘invasive Species’ is…I’m assuming you do otherwise you wouldn’t be on this website? The ‘Invasive Species Compendium’ (ISC) is a world-wide encyclopaedic resource that combines science based information to support the decision making in invasive species management. We in the UK have over 2800 invasive non-native species present in our green and pleasant land all of which...

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  • New Knotweed Cultivars Introduced Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

    I read as much as I can about the history of invasive non-native species and often find myself chuckling at the naivety of some of our forebears. I read about the mistakes made and think to myself…ha ha …we would never be that stupid! • Who would be daft enough to plant Japanese Knotweed in an ornamental pond location – then forget about it for 100 years – errr well....

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  • Gardeners Advice …just don’t do it Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

    Down in London last week I picked up the local paper and started to read the gardeners advice column which focused on bringing ‘colour’ to your herbaceous border. The ‘expert’ (who shall remain nameless) was advocating planting Crocosmia ‘crocosmia’ – also known as ‘Montbretia’ … - for colour and ease of growth. Montbretia is listed under Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 with respect to England and Wales… and as such – it is an offence to plant or otherwise allow this species to grow in the wild.

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  • How much….? Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

    So…you discover you have a decent sized Japanese Knotweed infestation in your garden - it’s roughly 10 metres by 5 and is adjacent to a watercourse. You go on the internet get a few names of contractors then ask for a price for someone to… ‘spray’… your Japanese knotweed giving a short description of the problem, its size and its location - fairly simple question, fairly straight forward answer….you might think?

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