Christmas Wish List

So, the shops have their Christmas trees up and they’re stocking mince pies that will have spoiled long before December, so obviously this is an appropriate time to make a Christmas wish list, right? Since we have absolutely no interest other than invasive weeds and therefore don’t have the imagination to wish for world peace

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Five Years

It’s been five years since I moved to the Operations Department, and I think I have found my niche. I love the organisational side of things and the technical challenges that this role brings. I think it’s safe to say that I have overseen significant improvement, as well as managing a significant expansion in our

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Alabama Rot

You probably wouldn’t know it from speaking to me (and especially not from seeing me around dogs), but technically, I’m a dog owner. Well, I live with one at any rate. So, I’m upset and worried about a disease that is commonly referred to in the UK as Alabama Rot also known as CRGV (cutaneous and renal

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Minimising Environmental Impacts of Chemical Treatment

Here at Invasive Weed Solutions we take our responsibility for the environment seriously. Having recently been asked to detail what steps we take to reduce environmental impacts during our spray operations, I thought this would be a good opportunity to share the steps we take to ensure we keep impacts to a minimum. Knowledge of

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Don’t Follow the Herd

Having a day out? Why follow everyone else down the same path, park at the same park and feed the same overfed ducks. Go and explore! There’s a wealth of interesting sites and natural life off the well-used beaten tracks. It’s far too easy to follow the herd and be drawn to the busy areas,

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Hand Hygiene

Our home lives and working environments bring us into close proximity to germs from all areas; we are never too far from bacteria, germs, chemicals, diseases etc. It is all too easy to take things for granted and relax your standards of personal hygiene. This is a quick reminder of the importance of washing your

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Rising Tide of Plastic

On a recent, rather blustery family walk over the festive period, my seven-year-old pointed to a plastic carrier bag being swept through the air and yelled, ‘Mummy, look! What if it ends up in the sea?’ Of course, we have been watching the recent awe-inspiring, Blue Planet II, on BBC1. Presented by the legendary Sir

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Drive Thru’ Knotweed Services

I am not that old, my hair is going a bit thin but I am certainly not a dinosaur (apart from when I am running round the house chasing my toddler pretending to be a t-rex!). I am 33 but yet I feel by writing this blog I am in some way presenting myself as

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Winter Is Coming

… and Jon Snow is chopping up Japanese knotweed instead of white walkers: “NO, JON, NO! You’ll cause cross contamination!” OK… so the series hasn’t gone quite that far downhill (yet). Anyway, now the appalling reference is out of the way, onto the smooth segue – because it’s actually nearly winter, and the Japanese knotweed

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Cheap but definitely not cheerful!

More often than not, Invasive Weed Solutions Ltd (IWSL) are contacted when an invasive species problem has been exacerbated by interference from another ‘specialist’ contractor. Several months ago, IWSL were contacted by property owner X; for the purpose of this blog, I’ll refer to him as Mr Smith. Mr Smith instructed IWSL to undertake a

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