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Invasive Bamboos

Invasive Bamboos
  • Date of publication: January 2021
  • Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-85341-143-4 paperback only
  • Pages: 108
  • Images: 90 colour, 2 black & white line drawings, 2 distribution maps
  • Dimensions: 246 x 172 mm
  • Weight: 261g unwrapped
  • Printed & bound in the UK

Their impact and management in Great Britain and Ireland
Author(s): Brian Taylor and Jim Glaister and Max Wade


Bamboo has become a popular planting choice in recent years; its architectural features are very appealing. Nevertheless, some bamboos can be highly invasive and can impact negatively on the built environment and local habitats. This book aims to outline the darker side of bamboo’s nature and offers practical advice on how to deal with it; it also provides an overview of bamboo history, biology and ecology, and highlights why planting some species of bamboo can be particularly problematic. Useful guidance for householders who have planted, or wish to plant, bamboo, is presented as well as practical advice for those wanting to rid themselves of the plant. Many people who buy (and sell) bamboo are not aware of how invasive and destructive many bamboos can be. This book seeks to raise the profile of these plants, constructively and helpfully.


Introduction; Overview; Running and clumping bamboos; Recognising bamboos – features of bamboos, some plants often mistaken for bamboos; Origins, history and uses; Biology, ecology and dispersal – escape into the wild; Impacts of unmanaged bamboo growth; Legislation; Four case studies; Common invasive bamboos currently found in Great Britain and Ireland; Developing a management strategy – practical advice for managing, controlling or eradicating bamboo: surveying, integrated management, control and removal methods, revegetation, containment; Conclusion; Appendices – Herbicide application and equipment; Tips for identifying the bamboo on site; Further reading; List of illustrations & Tables; Glossary; Index.

Author / Compiler

Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor has an MSc in Crop Protection and an HND in Amenity Horticulture. He is a Certificated Surveyor in Japanese knotweed (CSJK), and was the Property Care Association (PCA) Student of the Year 2016; also a Member of the BASIS Professional Register (MBPR). While a teenager, Brian worked on Forestry Commission trials on invasive weeds, such as rhododendron, and later was an Assistant Agronomist on field trials for Monsanto. He spent six years as a self-employed researcher carrying out commercial evaluation of spray nozzles and machinery for drift categories. He began working with invasive weeds, such as Japanese knotweed and giant hogweed in 2004, which led to forming The Knotweed Company in 2010 where he has also developed management techniques for dealing with invasive bamboo since 2015.

Jim Glaister

Jim Glaister

Jim Glaister BA(Hons) CSJK was the PCA Student of the Year 2015. He began working in the invasive weed industry in 2004, initially for Wreford Ltd and then freelancing for several invasive-weed companies before joining the Knotweed Company in 2013. He is a contributing author for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) online subscriber information portal isurve since 2009. He frequently gives CPD presentations and webinars on a variety of invasive-weed topics to environmental consultants, local authorities, property management companies and organisations such as the RICS and the PCA. He has been an examiner and marker for the PCA’s CSJK examinations since 2015, as well as being a member of the PCA Education Committee and its Annual Conference Committee. With Brian Taylor he has developed a number of strategies for the management of Japanese knotweed and invasive bamboo.

Max Wade

Max Wade

Max Wade BSc(Hons) PhD CEcol CEnv FCIEEM is currently Technical Director (Ecology) at AECOM. He began his career in higher education at the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology, later moving to Loughborough University where he helped set up the International Centre of Landscape Ecology (ICOLE), which conducted research and consultation first on invasive aquatic plants and later on land-based problematic invasive weeds such as giant hogweed, Himalayan balsam and Japanese knotweed. He was later appointed Professor of Ecology and Head of the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield. He has authored a number of manuals, field guides and scientific papers, and advises nationally on invasive non-native plants and animals. Max was Founding Chair of the Invasive Weed Control Group (120 member companies) of the PCA, 2012-18, and is President of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.


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