Japanese Knotweed ASBO follow on

by Andy on January 13, 2015

Invasive Species

It’s Taking Over (@ dankogreen)

A quick follow on to John’s blog on Japanese Knotweed anti-social behaviour orders. There’s been quite a lot of chatter within social media regarding the government bringing in ASBOS’s for failure to control the spread of Japanese Knotweed and other invasive species such as Giant Hogweed and Himalayan Balsam.

Besides the rather large fines that can be issued ranging from £2500 – £20,000, the plants are dangerous to human health causing skin irritations, blistering and even blindness. The species can also have an adverse impact on the valuation of a property with some mortgage lenders refusing to lend.

Tests are currently being conducted with Aphalara itadori of the Psyllid genus, a jumping plant louse that feeds solely on Japanese Knotweed, but until they have been proven successful contacting a specialist is the best way forward. They’ll assess the situation, produce a remediation plan and implement the removal.

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David Sigsworth of SEPA and Iain Gulland of Zero Waste Scotland presenting the award

David Sigsworth of SEPA and Iain Gulland of Zero Waste presenting the award

Ok, so we don’t often ‘blow our own trumpet’ but as we thought you might like to know that we were proudly recognised as champions of business sustainability at the 15th annual Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards for the Circular Economy award, sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland.

The VIBES Awards is Scotland’s leading environmental awards scheme and recognises businesses that contribute to the country’s sustainable development by taking significant steps to improve or reduce their impact on the environment.

They’re a strategic partnership between Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Government, Scottish Water, Scottish Enterprise, Highland and Islands Enterprise, Zero Waste Scotland, Energy Saving Trust and the 20:20 Climate Group and are supported by CBI Scotland, the Institute of Directors, the Federation of Small Businesses and Bright Green Business.

On the feedback form…

“The judges were impressed with the volume of contaminated soil material that has been diverted from landfill and the benefits this has achieved both environmentally and through savings to the customer as a result of the treatment techniques offered.”

It’s great to be recognised for our environmental achievements through this VIBES Award.  At Soilutions we are committed to sustainability, from the projects we manage to the way we run our business.  It is great to have this focus recognised by the VIBES judges.

We’re also eligible to enter the European Business Awards for the Environment…so who know’s…watch this space…!

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