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Online Surveyor Training: Invasive woody shrubs, trees and climbers

What do we know about Invasive woody shrubs, trees and climbers? Whilst we are generally more familiar with Japanese Knotweed and the damage it can do to the built environment, what about the equally, if not more common (in some cases), Buddleia, Rhododendron and Cotoneaster? Should we be better informed and prepared to tackle the problems these plants cause?

For those who want to learn much more about these invasive plants, this online course will develop your skills and knowledge with these invasive species.

To find out more about the course, keep scrolling.  Alternatively, to book or to get in touch with our training team, click on the buttons below.

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Who is the training course for?

This course will be open to both members and non-members, aimed at those working in the invasive weed sector and/or looking to develop their knowledge and experience with invasive woody shrubs, trees and climbers. This is a great way to access training as the remote format enables candidates to complete the modules at their own pace, either in an office or home environment. 

Benefits of online invasive woody shrubs, trees and climbers training

  • Develop knowledge on issues arising from invasive woody plants
  • Understand current remediation options and appropriate management plans
  • Learn how to identify the most commonly found species
  • Guarantee a risk-free training environment for your employees
  • Fits your employee’s flexible lifestyles
  • Reduces your company’s environmental impact

What's included within the online training

  • 4 live and interactive training sessions
  • 16 recorded online learning videos delivered by professionals
  • Whole suite of additional & recommended learning materials
  • Covered over a 2-3 week period
  • All at the convenience of a click of a button

The above information only relates to Module 3 - Invasive woody shrubs, trees and climbers.

Structure of Online Surveyors Training – Invasive woody shrubs, trees and climbers

The course is divided into two modules and is taught through a variety of live online sessions, recorded videos and reading materials. We believe this method of delivery provides a structured learning plan to you in a step-by-step format.

If you have previously completed Module 0, or our face-to-face Management of Japanese knotweed training course, it is not mandatory for you to undertake Module 0 again.

The above breakdown of live sessions, recordings, timescale etc., only relates to Module 3 – Invasive woody shrubs, trees and climbers. If you would like information relating to Module 0, please contact the Training Team on 01480 400000.


Module 0 - Management of Invasive Plants
  • Invasive Plants: native and non-native, legislation and environment
  • Legislation: control, herbicide treatment and disposal of plants
  • Site Biosecurity: pathways for spread, prevention and site monitoring
  • Site Inspection, Risk Assessment and Monitoring: site investigation, risk assessment, equipment and mapping
  • Control Options: integrated pest management (IPM), revegetation and habitat restoration
  • Herbicide Use: categories of herbicide, approvals and regulation
  • Waste management: The Law, storing, clearing, disposing & incinerating invasive plant material, onsite burial and stockpiles
  • Reports and Reporting: site assessment, management plans and reports
  • Quotes, Warranties, Insurance and Bonds: requirements for providing quotes and guarantees
Module 3 - Invasive woody shrubs, trees and climbers
  • Identification, Biology and Ecology of selected species: Buddleia, Tree of Heaven, False Acacia, Japanese rose, Rhododendron, Cotoneaster, Hottentot Fig, Virginia Creeper, Mile-a-minute vine and Russian Vine
  • Other Species: Schedule 9 plants and potential plants of concern to the UK - Kudzo vine, Oriental bittersweet, Holm Oak
  • Impacts and Risks: identifying risks within the natural and built environment, the positive impacts of these species
  • Considerations when developing a management plan
  • Control Options: herbicides, biological and physical - excavation, cutting & felling - effectiveness and site management as a means of control
  • Integrated Weed Management: determining best control options for different scenarios, plant condition and application methods, client resistance and expectations
  • Introduction to Developing an Invasive Weed Management Plan: Pros and cons of different control options and determining the best control option for different infestation scenarios
  • Waste disposal: Options for waste management, legal framework and environmental impact
  • Re-vegetation
  • Developing an Invasive Weed Management Plan (case study/group activity): correct identification, factors to consider when developing a plan, determining the best control methods

Contact us about the training

To find out more about our woody shrubs, trees and climbers training or to simply ask a few questions, feel free to contact our training team by calling 01480 400 000 or send us your enquiry by completing our online contact form below.

Alternatively, if you want to book your place now, click on the 'Book Now' button at the top of the page or on any of the 'available dates'. 

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