Helping Local Authorities respond to the growing challenge of non-native weeds.


This one day training course on 8th December 2015 in Birmingham, developed specifically for those working in Local Authorities, is designed to provide delegates with guidance on how to respond to the growing challenge of invasive non-native weeds to both meet the environmental challenge and achieve a cost effective/neutral response.

Key topics covered will include:

  • Duties of Local Authorities: legislation, policies, recent developments
  • Government and EU strategy and biosecurity
  • Responding to public concern
  • Short, medium and longer term strategies
  • Developing practical actions
  • Implementing realistic change

The training will be delivered in an interactive format with workshop elements to enable sharing of experience and to ensure relevance of learning.


Professor Max Wade

Max is Technical Director (Ecology) at AECOM based in Cambridge and has over 20 years of Max Wadeprofessional ecological experience, specialising in environmental protection and the management of a wide range of habitats, endangered species and ecosystems with an emphasis on plant ecology. Max has advised various clients and government on a range of issues including risk assessments for pathways and species, alien invasive species management and the distribution and spread of aquatic flora, the latter while Professor of Ecology at the University of Hertfordshire. More recently Max has been supporting the PCA in developing a professional and evidence based approach to Japanese Knotweed and other invasive weeds.

Sean Hathaway

Sean is the Environment Officer for the Planning Department of the City and County of Sean HathawaySwansea but is still better known as the county’s first Japanese Knotweed officer!  Sean and Swansea have provided a lead in Japanese knotweed management including the first Japanese knotweed planning condition, garden ‘no knotweed’ green waste bags and the launch of a knotweed control service for the general public and private land owners.

How to attend

Delegate rate is just £95 + vat (includes lunch)

The training is being held at AECOM, Colmore Plaza, Colmore Circus Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6AT on 8th December 2015.

Download the course flier and booking form HERE.

Return completed booking forms by email to Jade Stocker:

** Places are limited so reserve your place TODAY **