‘Understanding Invasive Weeds: Japanese knotweed, Fact and Fiction’

Date: 23 September 2015

Venue: The Vale Resort, Hensol, Cardiff.

Conference Highlights

  •  Brings together experts from across the industry
  •  Lively mix of research presentations and panel debate
  •  FREE Japanese knotweed Site Management Tool for delegates
  •  NEW Technical Notes
  •  BASIS CPD points awarded
  •  Option for delegates to attend a FREE 1 hour guided tour of nearby Field Trial Site

Full programme and timings announced!  Download full details here.

About the Conference

This specialised conference from the Property Care Association (PCA) is dedicated to the subject of non-native invasive plants.

It is the first conference held by the PCA’s specialist Invasive Weed Control Group and is being facilitated by Richard Newis, Ashfield Japanese Knotweed (chair), Ian Graham, Complete Weed Control and Professor Max Wade, AECOM.Japanese knotweed

As well as seeking to promote a level-headed and evidence based approach to Japanese knotweed, there will be a focus on other invasive weeds such as Himalayan Balsam and Giant Hogweed, which are increasingly under scrutiny in the UK, following the issue of new EU regulations, which came into effect in January.

These new regulations will empower government agencies to issue Control Orders that necessitate the management of high risk invasive weed species from specified sites, potentially including housing construction projects and neighbouring properties.

Conference Aims

The overarching purpose of this first conference is to provide delegates with the information they need to effectively deal with the issues associated with Japanese Knotweed.

It will appeal to a diverse group, from landowners and land managers, to landlords, councils and those who have responsibilities involving the control and presence of Japanese knotweed.

580_Image_Giant_hogweed[1]With this broad base of attendees in mind, the content of the day is designed to accommodate the needs of those with relatively little awareness of the species and its impact, as well as those who have a good knowledge but are looking for well-presented, up-to-date facts about the solutions for dealing with the problems associated with Japanese knotweed as seen from a number of differing perspectives.

Misinformation is one of the biggest obstacles to achieving effective management of Japanese knotweed within the UK.

For the first time assembled experts from the industry will be available to present well researched, actionable information in a format that is genuinely useful to the attendees.”


The conference is of interest to a wide-range of professionals, reflecting the impact invasive weeds have throughout the UK.

These include local authorities, statutory agencies, the rail, road and port industries, lawyers, utility companies, estate managers, house builders and developers, landlords, estate agents, housing associations, property agents, academia, surveyors and asset managers.


Non- Member First delegate£150.00 + VAT
Non- Member Second delegate    Bring a colleague for half price!*£75.00 + VAT
PCA Member£40.00 + VAT
Student & Voluntary Organisation£40.00 + VAT


Programme & Bookings

Click here to download a Conference Programme & Booking Form.

This event counts as 4 BASIS CPD points.

Click here to download further information about the opportunity to attend a FREE 1 hour tour of the nearby Field Trial Site which is part of a research project by Swansea University assessing 21 different types of control methods.  Our thanks go to Swansea University and Complete Weed Control for their help in making this possible.

* Applies to Non-PCA Members only