Record attendance for Amenity Forum conference

By Tania November 11, 2018 12:21 Updated

A record number of people representing all areas of the amenity sector attended the Amenity Forum conference at the Pirelli Stadium in Burton on Trent last month.

In his introduction, Amenity Forum’s independent chairman, John Moverley, said that ‘’Whilst we are certainly in the midst of changing and challenging times, this is in many ways nothing new for the amenity sector. I am confident that, as so many times before, the sector will grasp the opportunity to undertake their vital work. Effective management of amenity spaces impacts upon every UK citizen every day creating safe, healthy and fit for purpose amenity spaces.’’

Grant Stark, from the Chemicals Regulation Division of HSE, reported on the achievements to date in the UK implementation of the Sustainable Use Directive. Jonathan Newman from the Environment Agency focused on water specifically, with quality issues being key to his presentation. Richard Davis provided an account of pesticide regulation and gave some of his thoughts on the challenges and opportunities of future UK regulatory changes post Brexit.

Other presenters included Duncan Jones from Hortech who looked at the challenges facing contractors, as well as Steve Isaac, director of Sustainability at The R&A, who provided information on an ongoing project aimed at creating sustainable golf courses for the future, and Francis Bayliss from Royal Holloway, University of London, who reported on research into biological control. Andy Richardson from the Allium and Brassica Agronomy Centre also looked at alternative approaches to weed, pest and disease control.


By Tania November 11, 2018 12:21 Updated

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