International invasive weed control conference

International Invasive Weeds Conference 2017

The Property Care Association’s 2018 International Invasive Weed Conference is at The Slate, University of Warwick, on 22 November, with speakers from across the public and private sector, including legal, utilities and local authorities, finance and mortgaging.

Three key themes are: identification, assessment and response. Representatives from the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat, the Environment Agency and CABI will chair the sessions.

The focus will also include the emerging issue of plants such as buddleia and bamboo, and how to deal with them.

The full conference programme, and booking details: https://www.property-care.org/conferences/international-invasive-weed-conference-identification-assessment-response/

Identification,’ the first session of the day, includes input from Ben Aston, of Yorkshire Water, who discusses the most challenging weeds for the water industry, and Dr Johan van Valkenburg, who will present an overview of the invasive, non-native weeds of concern in those countries just over the Channel from us and their potential to impact on the UK.

The ‘assessment’ session includes information on mortgaging and finance from Robert Stevens of Nationwide, and health and safety best practice from Colin Liptrot of the Environment Agency.

Finally, our ‘response’ to these issues includes Rodger Burnett of Charles Lyndon outlining the Court of Appeal’s take on matters, and details of land remediation tax relief and Japanese knotweed being covered by Alun Oliver of E3 Consulting.

A panel debate, ‘Local Authorities and Invasive Weeds,’ concludes the event.

Dr Peter Fitzsimons, the PCA’s Invasive Weed Control Group Technical Manager, said: “The conference is seen as a major event for decision makers and those influencing and tackling the issues related to invasive weeds to gain the latest knowledge and insight on the issue.

The content this year is engaging, informative and highly topical, offering a valuable opportunity for delegates including contractors, surveyors, lawyers, public authorities and academics to join with PCA members and share industry-leading insight and best practice.”