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Sarah Beeny’s Help! My House is Falling Down

Published on by Dr Paul Beckett

Japanese Knotweed Advice from Phlorum on Sarah Beeny Show

Japanese Knotweed Advice from Phlorum on Sarah Beeny Show

Phlorum was recently involved in Sarah Beeny’s Help! My House is Falling Down, a Rehouse TV production for Channel 4 television.
Director, Dr Paul Beckett, and other Phlorum staff were invited to appear on the show offering expert advice on the treatment of Japanese knotweed at a blighted property in South London.
The knotweed problem was caused by a significant amount of growth of this invasive weed in the rear garden of the property.
A focus of the show is on helping homeowners to help themselves to deal with various building disasters. It should be borne in mind that when tackling knotweed on your own the situation can be exacerbated, sometimes catastrophically, if effective controls are not put in place and expert advice is not sought before any treatment begins.
Notwithstanding this, the advice offered by Phlorum allowed the knotweed to be cleared from the property and effectively treated, with significant cost savings to the owner.
Following the first broadcast of the show on 28th August, the feedback we’ve received from our peers in the knotweed eradication world, including surveyors, environmental consultants and contractors, has been hugely positive. This includes the following from a Fellow of RICS:

I thought that overall the way the programme dealt with the topic was balanced and realistic and the important points were made without being too scary or over the top”.

You can catch the episode, and the whole series, on the Channel 4, 4Homes website here.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss any aspect of the show or any issues related to Japanese knotweed.

About the author: Dr Paul Beckett

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Dr Paul Beckett is one of the UK’s leading experts in Japanese knotweed and is a member of the Expert Witness Institute. He regularly provides Japanese knotweed expert witness services. He helped produce the RICS knotweed guidance for surveyors and was integral in the formation of the Property Care Association (PCA) Invasive Weed Control Group (IWCG).

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