Dealing with Invasive Non-native Plants

18 October 2018

When:  18 October 2018

Where:  AECOM, Aldgate Tower, Aldgate, London E1 8FA

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From the event organisers:

A joint CIEEM, Invasive Weed Control Group (Property Care Association) and London Boroughs’ Biodiversity Forum workshop.

Developing a proportionate response to the problem of invasive non-native plant species in the urban environment.

Dealing with invasive non-native plants is an increasing problem in the south-east not least driven by the legislation and regulation which now lists over 40 species. These plants can pose threats to a range of habitats, e.g. rivers, woodland and heathland, disrupt ecological function, present a health hazard and, as highlighted by recent litigation, pose risks especially for owners of large land assets in urban areas of being sued. On the other hand, a number of these plants in the urban environment provide significant ecological functions.

This workshop will review the legislation and introduce risk assessment as an important aspect of dealing with invasive non-native plants. It will revolve around case studies and group work to develop a practical risk assessment process based on testing different scenarios, which will involve understanding their biology and ecology of these plants, assessing risk, and providing practical solutions with regard to management.

There is a £5 charge, which includes tea, coffee and biscuits.

Aldgate Tower can be reached from Aldgate East tube station (District and Hammersmith and City lines). You literally walk out of Aldgate East (Exit 1) and you are at the base of Aldgate Tower (name in large letters on building). You can also use Aldgate tube station (Metropolitan and Circle lines); it is a 5 minute walk to Aldgate Tower (turn left on exiting the station).

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