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Brentford CRT Hangar on the Grand Union Canal – London

Lots of notifications regarding Floating Pennywort (Hydrocotyle ranunculoides) this month.

“Gordon” the Kingcombe Aquacare weed harvester, was directed to the Brentford area to clear up large infestations of the problematic weed.

This non-native invasive species originally from North America, has spread across the UK since the 1980s and has the potential to grow a staggering 20cm per day.

Non-native invasive species, are considered the second greatest threat to native wildlife and they cost the UK economy as a whole up to £1.7 billion a year.

By stopping the spread at an early stage, it is much more cost effective than attempting to control species once it has become established.

The Aquatractor with its moving bed and side cutters, takes no time to cut and remove the Floating Pennywort and place it in the waiting hopper barges.

Once the bulk has been removed, we would recommend careful hand removal of fragments,  followed up with a herbicide application where necessary.

To find out more about this invasive weed and others why not take a look at the Plant Tracker App. Click here to download here

30th Anniversary Celebrations

A great time was had by all when the Kingcombe Team came together on the weekend to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the company. A family BBQ was held on the Saturday afternoon at Cann Farm, John and Theresa Colton’s home, accompanied by a water slide, paddling pools, football goals and the biggest bubble maker known to man! In the evening over 90 of our clients, suppliers and staff sat down to a four course meal, including a duck breast starter and a crayfish and water buffalo main course. Washed down with some great wine, followed up by fabulous music and entertainment courtesy of the band Area 52, it proved to be a barnstormer of an evening and an appropriate way for us to thanks to those present for all their support over those 30 years.

 However, that thanks spreads beyond the sore heads, hoarse voices and weary limbs of the revellers on that evening. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of our clients who have placed their faith in Kingcombe over the years, many of whom have become firm friends in the process. We also need to remember our suppliers, be they a one man band or a large national company. Our supply chain is critical to the success of our performance on site, without their diligence and reliable service it would be impossible to achieve the quality goals that we set ourselves. The Kingcombe Team is a very broad kirk, and we welcome this opportunity to extend our thanks to all those who have helped us to achieve this notable milestone.

Whilst it is tempting at a moment like this to dwell on the achievements of the past, I am excited to say that the heady mix of youth and maturity, male and female, innovation and experience, that now makes up the Kingcombe Team, prepares us so well for the challenges that lie ahead. Coming straight off the back of being involved in the building of water features on no less than four – yes, four – Gold Medal winning gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last month (http://kingcombe.com/2017/05/chelsea-flower-show-success/), our 30th Celebration was not so much a recognition of our achievements in the past, more a statement of intent for what we hope to achieve in the future.

Here’s to the next 30 years!