TCM were invited to survey a site recently attended by another ‘specialist’ in the industry.
Our surveyor was first taken to an area of what they had been told was Giant hogweed. This is shown in the first photograph. The client was informed by our expert that the original surveyor was mistaken and that this is in fact Common hogweed.
On closer inspection further down the banks of the river TCM discovered what is an area of Giant Hogweed! Take a look at the second photograph and see if you can spot the difference.
Here at TCM we are baffled at how an expert in the field of invasive weeds can advise a client that common hogweed is Giant hogweed especially when there happens to be comparable Giant hogweed on the same site. It doesn’t take a genius to work out the larger of the two is the giant variety.
Thinking things couldn’t possibly be any worse our surveyor was then shown the area of Japanese knotweed that had been previously treated by the same company. The image shows that only a small area of the infestation has been treated and a large volume of the plant still remains.
Unfortunately it seems today that these kinds of mistakes are all too common. TCM are consistently picking up work to re treat sites that have been incorrectly managed by the first ‘specialists’. Not only is it frustrating for the client, it is much more difficult to treat weeds that have already been disturbed creating more costs and increasing the time it takes to eradicate them.
We urge you to choose the experts that are proven to be just that. Experts!