Landscape & Amenity

January 2020

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Product News The latest launches and case studies Page 6 Brushcutters Machines for the toughest of tasks Pages 19-20 Pages 21-22 Forestry Equipment Spotlight on the tools of the trade Product News EMAIL: 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 January 2020 Special Feature Professional Groundscare Supplement Playground closures are a public health issue Landscape Institute publishes 12 key asks of the new government The Association of Play Industries is ramping up their election activity to ensure that the inactivity crisis facing children is placed at the heart of politics this election and beyond. A P I C h a i r , M a r k H a r d y says: "The massive decline in public playgrounds is a public health issue. Our Play MustStay campaign highlights that children are not playing outside anymore. "Unless these playgrounds are reinstated and a commitment made to protect community playgrounds, children will continue to stay indoors on their screens – alone and inactive – at great cost to their physical and mental health." The Landscape Institute has published its 12 key asks of the new government, covering issues that will be vital for our membership and industry in 2020 and beyond. Over the next year there are likely to be huge policy shifts that affect both our sector and the nation as a whole. The LI will be working closely with government to ensure that landscape's voice is heard, and to argue for people, place, and nature. The new government must take action on climate change, ensure as smooth a transition as possible as we leave the E u r o p e a n U n i o n , d e l i v e r critical investment to design, and support our members in delivering quality, healthy, sustainable places for the UK. The 12 points include: mitigating Brexit risks for landscape business; secure the skills we need; maintain a n d e n h a n c e E U - l e v e l environmental protections; champion high quality design; invest in green infrastructure w i t h m a i n t e n a n c e ; a n d a joined-up approach to land management. Other organisations in the industry are working to ensure the new Government is aware of the contribution it makes to the UK economy and the huge potential for further growth that exists with the right level of investment and support. The General Election has seen 21 candidates, representing five parties, who took the F i e l d s I n T r u s t ' s P a r k s Protector Pledge during the election campaign returned as Members of Parliament. Fields in Trust launched the Parks Protector Pledge last month alongside the Pledging to Protect manifesto, which set out how candidates could work to champion, protect and support parks and green spaces both nationally and locally if elected. All candidates were invited to take a six-point pledge, and over 250 candidates in more than 200 constituencies across the UK responded positively. The Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces research found that the Wellbeing Value associated The API has now joined forces with the Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition (CYPMHC), an organisation comprising leading bodies concerned with children's mental health. " T h e m a s s c l o s u r e o f playgrounds means that outdoor play is being denied to thousands of children," he added. "In urban areas playgrounds are the only opportunity children get to play outdoors. There is a national crisis going in our communities as we continue to lose public play spaces at an alarming rate. We are asking for a pledge from the new government to invest in playgrounds before it is too late." API From England's south coast to the Perthshire hills, the finalists of the BIGGA Awards 2020 have once again shown what talented and passionate greenkeeping teams can achieve when supported by the clubs where they work. The BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition will be taking place once again at the Harrogate Convention Centre this January. One of the highlights each year is the BIGGA Welcome Celebration, sponsored for the first time in 2020 by Campey Turf Care Systems. Taking place on the opening night of BTME and hosted by respected journalist and golf enthusiast Naga Munchetty, the Welcome Celebration will reveal the winners of the prestigious BIGGA Awards 2020. Finalists of the BIGGA Awards 2020 revealed The finalists of the BIGGA Awards 2020 are: Championship Greenkeeping Performance of the Year sponsored by Rigby Taylor • Craig Haldane and the team at The Gleneagles Hotel and Golf Courses for hosting The 2019 Solheim Cup • Grant Peters and the team at Parkstone Golf Club for hosting the European Ladies Amateur Championship • Graham Brumpton and the team at Ipswich Golf Club (Purdis Heath) for hosting the English Women's Stroke Play Greenkeeping Project of the Year sponsored by Baroness and Kubota • Darren Anderson and the team at Bromborough Golf Club • Andrew Kerr MG and the team at Surbiton Golf Club • Robert George and the team at Thorndon Park Golf Club The winner of the Outstanding Contribution of the Year sponsored by Jacobsen will be revealed on the night. BTME runs from Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 January 2020 with over 150 exhibitors taking part. There will be a range of new initiatives, such as the STRI Innovation Zone and the Green Room Podcast Live stage. • There is a preview of the exhibition and conference on pages 17-22. BIGGA with the frequent use of local parks and green spaces is worth £34.2 billion per year to the entire UK adult population. In addition, these spaces are estimated to save the NHS around £111 million per year based solely on a reduction in GP visits. The Fields in Trust Green Space Index shows that provision is not equitably distributed, however, with 2.60 million people not living within a ten-minute walk of a park or green space and all of London, the North East, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber falling short of a minimum standard of provision. 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