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
Yesterday saw a miraculous change at Old Ford Lock on the Regents Canal in Tower Hamlets, East London.
We are working under contract to Fountains, carrying out ongoing maintenance work for the Canal and River Trust. One of our “Aquatractor” weed boats works on the London canals through out the summer, cutting weed, removing litter and keeping the waterways looking their best.
Here are more details of our weed boats: http://kingcombe.com/aquatractor/home/
Aquatic Weed Harvester Demonstration on 4th April 2017 from 10:00am
Braunston Marina is situated at the junction of the Grand Union and Oxford Canals and was originally developed at the turn of the 19th century as the waterways depot at the northern end of what was then called the Grand Junction Canal. It now forms a focus for those interested in the canals, their boats and history.
With the kind permission of Braunston Marinas management team we are holding a demonstration event where industry professionals can come and see two of our “Aquatractor” weed harvesting boats and get a close look at its unique features.
The boats “Jenny” and “Gordon” are based on a well tried and proven design. Capable of being trailered to site they are an efficient, reliable and agile workhorse capable of maintaining a high level of aquatic weed harvesting hour after hour. Unlike many boats the “Aquatractor” cuts and collects aquatic weed, which can then be deposited onto the bank or into a barge or trailer.
The purpose of the day is to show the two boats to interested professionals and riparian owners who might have an interest in learning more about this method of mechanical weed control. During the season we have one boat based in London and the others operate from Somerset, regularly travelling as far afield as Liverpool, the North East and the Broads.
There will be members of Kingcombe staff on hand to discuss particular problems and introduce you to the wide range of services we offer.
If you would like to come along, see the boats, walk around this historic site or enjoy a complimentary cup of tea and bacon roll at the Gongoozler’s floating café then please get in touch with Kelly to book a place on email@example.com or call 01460 279200.
The Marina itself is located here: http://www.braunstonmarina.co.uk/Contact-Find-us
Get in touch if you are able to come along, we would love to see you.
The title of Best Retail and Leisure Park 2013 has been won by Puerto Venecia Zaragoza, the Spanish shopping village where Kingcombe Aquacare Ltd worked on the water features.
Kingcombe Aquacare are delighted to have worked with leading landscape architects Macgregor Smith on the waterscape for Europe’s largest shopping centre.
by John Colton
I was out in Zaragoza in Aragon, Spain, earlier this week, carrying out final snagging at Puerto Venecia. This is claimed by the developers to be the largest retail development in Europe at the moment. It is due to open on October 3.