Landscape & Amenity

April 2019

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Machinery, Plant & Vehicles Latest industry news and views Pages 33-34 Sports Turf Maintenance Jane Carley's in-depth report on natural and synthetic techniques Pages 22-28 Pages 29-32 Pedestrian & Remote Mowers Spotlight on the latest technology and models Product News EMAIL: news@landscapeandamenity.com 03 03 L a n d s c a p e & A m e n i t y w w w . l a n d s c a p e a n d a m e n i t y. c o m April 2019 Special Feature Best of British Supplement New data from Natural England shows the majority of children and young people are regularly spending time outdoors. Natural England's Monitoring o f E n g a g e m e n t w i t h t h e Natural Environment (MENE) report found that 70% of all children in England under the age of 16, and 64% of young people aged 16-24 are said to be spending time outside at least once a week. However, there are still clear inequalities with children living in lower income areas being less likely to visit the Major new research highlights the importance of local greenspaces natural environment compared with those living in areas of higher income. The findings highlight the importance of local greenspaces, including urban parks, recreation grounds and playgrounds for children's play and experience of the natural world. Across all age groups and backgrounds, local greenspaces provide an important opportunity for children to experience the natural environment on a regular basis, with these spaces becoming even more vital for children who are least likely to visit the natural environment frequently. This is one of the reasons why Natural England is leading a new cross-government project to review and update standards for green infrastructure, in addition to working with the Parks Action Group, to overcome barriers to access, and to ensure England's public parks and green spaces meet the needs of communities now and in the future. Graham Duxbury, Chief Executive of Groundwork UK and member of the Parks Action Group, said: "We know that parks and green spaces are hugely important to the development and wellbeing of children and young people - helping them connect with nature, increase physical activity and build social networks. "To better understand how young people currently use the natural environment is the first step in helping them get more involved in making decision about their local area, a key priority if we are going to deliver the aspirations of the Government's 25 Year Environment Plan." Natural England The government, through its 25 Year Environment Plan, published in January 2018, has set an ambitious target to improve the environment within a generation. Kicking off this target is the launch of the Year of Green Action, focusing on connecting people with the environment to improve health and wellbeing. Within this, Government has set out a range of commitments to enhance opportunities for children, young people and adults from all backgrounds to engage with the natural world, and to help improve social injustice by opening up the mental and physical health and wellbeing. Kingston Landscape Group is Supreme Winner at APL Awards 2019 Kingston Landscape Group Ltd take home the top accolade at the APL Awards 2019. The annual awards ceremony, sponsored by Bradstone, took place at The Brewery, London, to celebrate and recognise the outstanding landscaping carried out by members of the APL. Kingston Landscape Group Ltd, based in London, took the Supreme Winner Award for their project: Streatham Hill. This entry was also the winner of the Commercial Garden and Soft Landscaping categories. Streatham Hill is a gated residential development built around a landscaped communal courtyard garden located in South West London. Measuring approx. 1,228m 2 the south facing garden is enclosed on three sides by five and six storey apartments with planting selected to provide year-round interest. APL The chainsaw of the future arrives The new STIHL MS 500i, the world's first chainsaw with electronically controlled fuel injection and a never-before a c h i e v e d p o w e r - t o - w e i g h t ratio, will be available to forestry professionals in May 2019. Weighing only 6.2kg (only 0.2kg more than the STIHL MS 462 C-M), the STIHL injection technology not only provides the chainsaw of the future with incredible torque, but also ensures rapid acceleration of the saw chain from 0 to 100 km/h in just 0.25 seconds. Thanks to the intelligent lightweight design, the MS 500i is also outstanding with the best ever power-to-weight ratio - 1.24 kilograms per kilowatt, an exemplarily low value never achieved before by series-manufactured chainsaws. Optional full cabin with heater, Urethane coated load deck, high ground clearance TO GET YOUR WORK DONE IT'S GOT TO BE KIOTI! YOU MAY FIND TRACTORS THAT ARE MORE WELL KNOWN BUT YOU WON'T FIND TRACTORS THAT ARE MORE WELL MADE WWW.KIOTI-UK.COM • 01480 401512 • SALES@KIOTI-UK.COM • WALES, SCOTLAND, CENTRAL & NORTHERN ENGLAND: PATRICK DESMOND: 07881 013044 • SOUTHERN ENGLAND: DAN WHITE: 07557 154300 4 YEARS WARRANTY ON ALL NEW KIOTI TRACTORS *T'S & C'S APPLY Although light in weight, its performance is class leading, with 5.0 kW/ 6.8 hp, meaning this this chainsaw is suited to felling large stands and timber harvesting. STIHL

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