About the Knotweed Company
The Knotweed Company was founded in 2010 to answer a need for a professional contractor who had the knowledge and skills necessary to control and eradicate Japanese knotweed and other invasive weeds in England and Wales. The Knotweed Company meets the urgent needs for the highest level of professional service that today's expectations demand. Uniquely, we avoid sensationalism and scaremongering, and can combine the necessary knowledge, experience and skills to control and eradicate Japanese knotweed and other invasive weeds effectively and safely, whilst recognising the importance of understanding related environmental concerns and having the knowledge to provide workable solutions that take these extraneous issues into account.
The Knotweed Company proudly contributes to and helps develop Best Japanese Knotweed Control Practices in England and Wales. We have a Head Office in the Midlands, a Regional Office in the South of England and several Regional Operatives based throughout England and Wales.
To contact our offices, please call or e-mail:
Southern Regional Office
The Knotweed Company is:
- registered with the Environment Agency as a Waste Carrier - CB/ZM3146LU
- accredited with the PCA (Property Care Association)
- accredited with Trustmark
- accredited with Amenity Forum
- accredited with CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety)
- accredited with Constructionline
- accredited with the NAAC (National Association of Agricultural Contractors)
- accredited with the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses)
The Company has Public Liability Insurance to £10 Million, Employers Liability Insurance to £10 Million and Professional Indemnity Insurance to £2 Million.
Brian Taylor – Managing Director
Based at our Head Office in the Midlands, Brian Taylor is our founder and Director. He has gained considerable experience of working with invasive weeds over a career lasting over 25 years. Even as a schoolboy, he spent his summer holidays working at the Weed Research Institute. Since then he has studied and gained the following qualifications:
- NPTC PA1, PA6aW Safe Use of Pesticides
- MSc in Crop Protection
- Higher National Diploma in Amenity Horticulture
- Diploma of Management Studies
- Institute of Safety & Health - Managing Safely
- Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS)
- Certificated Surveyor in Japanese knotweed (CSJK)
Additionally, he is a member of the BASIS professional register and can advise on pesticide use within the Amenity Horticultural sector.
Since 2004, Brian has worked almost exclusively with Japanese knotweed and the associated hybrids. He has successfully managed knotweed eradication from Tyneside to Penzance and from Anglesey to Dover. Brian has an impressive background in working with construction companies all over the United Kingdom, in identifying the most appropriate solution for each site and in managing and/or supervising the works. He is a member of the Property Care Association's Invasive Weed Core Group and, as such, has contributed to the creation of the PCA CSJK and QTJK examinations. He occasionally serves as an examiner for the CSJK qualification.
Brian is proud to say that he has experience in managing all proven types of knotweed eradication strategies including full excavation and removal from site, on site burials, stockpile (bund) methods, reduced level excavations and herbicide programmes. He is fully qualified to apply herbicides and still enjoys a day out spraying!
Jim Glaister – Regional Manager
Jim Glaister joined The Knotweed Company in July 2013 to run the Hampshire office as Southern Regional Manager. He has been dealing with Japanese knotweed and other invasive weeds since 2004. As well as writing a number of articles on the subject, he has provided a variety of presentations to environmental consultants, mortgage advisors, county councils and organisations such as RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) and the PCA (Property Care Association). He provides CPD training on invasive weeds, especially Japanese knotweed, and is a contributor to the RICS subscription online information portal 'isurve'.
He is qualified to undertake the herbicide treatment of Japanese knotweed, holding both the PA1 and PA6aW NPTC qualifications, and has gained the CITB qualification on the Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme and an Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) qualification in Managing Safely.
He was one of the first people in the country to take the Certificated Surveyor in Japanese Knotweed (CSJK) course run by the PCA and the first to pass the exam with Distinction, winning the PCA Student of the Year Award in 2015 as a result. Since passing the exam, Jim has joined the roster of examiners and markers for the CSJK qualification.
Paul Copper – Senior Technician / Surveyor
Paul Copper has been working for The Knotweed Company as a Senior Technician and Surveyor since June 2014. As well as holding the NPTC spraying qualifications PA1 and PA6aW, he holds tickets for modules PA2a, PA4 and PA9. A highly experienced individual, Paul has a National Diploma in Agriculture, an HND in Agriculture and a BSc in Agriculture. He has been working with knotweed and other invasive weeds since 2004 and has obtained both the CITB SSSTS and the PCA CSJK surveyor qualifications.
Paul can be contacted via either the head office, the southern regional office or by e-mailing email@example.com
Kevin Gilderson – Senior Technician / Surveyor
Based in Essex, Kevin Gilderson completed his NPTC training in 2010 and so holds both the PA1 and PA6AW spraying certificates. He is an extremely experienced horticulturist, attending Writtle College in the 1980s and completing a Higher National Diploma in Amenity Horticulture. In 2014 he obtained the PCA-run CSJK surveyor qualification.
Contact Kevin Gilderson: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Southern and South-East Region office above.
Paul Hamilton – Technician
Paul Hamilton re-joined The Knotweed Company full-time in June 2015 after previously working for us on a more casual basis in the early days of the company. He has over 20 years of experience in landscaping and has been working with knotweed and other invasive weeds since 2006. He holds both the PA1 and PA6aW spraying certificates and in 2015 passed the PCA Qualified Technician in Japanese knotweed (PCAQT) exam.
For any queries regarding Paul's schedule, contact Sharon Dunn at our Head Office.
Sharon Dunn – Estimator
Sharon Dunn is an Estimator, based at our Head Office, who joined the company in 2015. She came to us with over 20 years experience in various customer service and administration roles in both the Finance and Further Education sectors. She provides administrative support to our Director, Brian Taylor, as well as having responsibility for producing quotations, client liaison, scheduling our Technician's timetable and general customer service.
Sharon's direct dial is 01327 703130 and her e-mail is email@example.com.
Dawn Brierley – Accounts Administrator
Dawn Brierley is an Accounts Administrator, based at our Head Office, who joined the company in 2016. Previously a Senior Health Care Assistant, she now has responsibility for invoicing, credit control, and general customer service.
Dawn's direct dial is 01327 703157 and her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Who to contact in your area
The Knotweed Company has a number of technical staff based around England and Wales to carry out our contractual Japanese knotweed control works, though all initial and administrative contact would be through our principal offices as follows:
Jim Glaister / Southern Regional Office (email@example.com or call 01962 886060) for:
- Southern, and South-East Region (including London, Greater London, Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Dorset, Middlesex, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire)
- East of England Region (including East London, Hertfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk)
- South-West England Region (including Bristol, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall).
- Wales (including Wrexham, Newport, Cardiff, Swansea, Anglesey and Aberystwyth)
Brian Taylor / Head Office (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01327 703129) for:
- Midlands Region (including Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Worcestershire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Birmingham, Solihull, Dudley, Walsall, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton, Coventry and Bedfordshire).
- North-East Region (including Yorkshire, Hull, Lincolnshire, Tyneside, Durham and Sunderland).
- North-West Region (including Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Derbyshire and Cumbria).