The ‘Invasive Plant Identification Course’ gives a comprehensive overview of the key issues surrounding certain plants listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
Growth stages, biosecurity, ecology, habitat and UK distribution are some of the areas covered by the one-day programme.
Participants are also able to see live non-native invasive specimens, which are being cultivated under stringent conditions in a specially created greenhouse environment on the PCA’s site.
Included in the list of non-native species covered by the programme are plants including, but not limited to;
- American Skunk Cabbage
- Giant Rhubarb
- Hottentot Fig
- Yellow Azalea
- Giant Hogweed
- Few Flowered Leek
- Three Cornered Garlic
The first course takes place at the PCA’s training centre, in Huntingdon, on Thursday, August 1.
The cost is £295 plus VAT for PCA members, and £345 plus VAT for those not in membership of the association.
More information and booking details can be found at www.property-care.org/training-qualifications/training-courses/invasive-plant-identification/
All those taking part also receive a free copy of both ‘Practical Management of Invasive Non-Native Weeds in Britain and Ireland’ and the ‘Field Guide to Invasive Plants and Animals In Britain.’