I am Mr Knotweed Seminar, (though I’m not the only one) If a group of surveyors from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Parliament Square want a 45 minute talk on the dreaded superweed, with help on identification, potential damage and lending issues, I’m usually the man dispatched from Environet’s Knotweed HQ.
I do use Powerpoint but having been the victim of a slow death by bullet-point myself, I try to keep it tight. (I hate the sound of snoring when I’m mid-flow). When prompted I can ramble on about Japanese knotweed, the law, mortgage issues and neighbour disputes for quite a while. (I am frequently asked to leave parties these days).
It’s not only RICS up and down the country that require our services. Imagine a huge hall of Estate Agents, on the edge of their seats, as I take them through pictures and clips of knotweed causing havoc with gardens, bringing down walls and creating encroachment disputes between neighbours. We stress to Estate agents that their clients need to understand attempts at concealment are futile and ultimately lead to cases of misrepresentation when knotweed returns to shock the new owner.
Recently I faced a large roomful of about 180 property professionals. It was interesting to see how the knotweed issue has moved on. Four years ago, had I asked,
“Who feels they can identify knotweed, in it’s changing forms, all year round?” maybe half a dozen hands would have shown. Within this group about 80% of the room indicated they could.
So awareness and the ability to spot JK have definitely increased. Progress we believe. If you would like a seminar please let us know.
Anyway, must dash. Christmas party season…never mind the holly and the ivy, where’s my projector?
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