International Invasive Weed Conference

‘Identification, Assessment and Response’

22nd November 2018

The Slate, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7SH

The fourth annual PCA Invasive Weed Control Group conference will take place at The Slate, University of Warwick, Coventry.

Delegates will comprise PCA members, non-members, contractors, surveyors, lawyers, public authorities and academics, receiving valuable insights across a range of topics from a packed programme of speakers.

This year, the conference will include speakers on topics relating to:


Session 1 – Identification

Session Chair: TBC

a) Horizon scanning GB perspective – TBC
b) How do I recognise these plants and what are the relevant sources – Damian Jones, AECOM
c) Invasive Species (in Europe) heading our way…. – TBC


Session 2 – Assessment

Session Chair: Trevor Renals, Environment Agency (EA)

a) Bamboo and Buddleia – Jim Glaister, The Knotweed Company
b) At the project level ref aquatic, but more Japanese Knotweed, Cotoneaster etc – TBC
c) Health and Safety in invasive weed management: achieving best practice – Colin Liptrot, EA


Hands-on demonstration over lunch, with Q&A


Session 3 – Response 

Session Chair: Dick Shaw, CABI

a) PCA and Rapid Response Protocol
b) Two mini-presentations:

  • Bamboo and Buddleia – Jim Glaister, the Knotweed Company
  • Giant Hogweed – Robert Mitchell, Conservation Land Services Ltd

c) Life without Glyphosate (a European perspective) – TBC


Panel Debate

The day will finish with a Panel Debate led by PCA Chief Executive, Steve Hodgson

Closing Thoughts

Professor Max Wade, AECOM


“More to follow…”


Further details on ticket prices, booking form etc to follow soon


Register your interest in attending: – e-mail


Review of 2017 Conference

Watch the video filmed at our 2016 Invasive Weed Conference