Landscape & Amenity

April 2020

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Hard & Soft Landscaping The latest news and case studies Page 8 Water Management Solutions for groundscare and landscaping Pages 12-13 Pages 21-30 Sports Turf Maintenance Jane Carley looks at new innovations and services 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 2020 Special Supplement Best of British Business as usual for the industry New parks to inject green space into urban areas TSP Media Ltd, publishers of the Landscape & Amenity Product Update, will continue to work as normal despite the measures implemented by the Government during the Covid- 19 outbreak. As a company, it already has processes in place to ensure staff can continue to work remotely and at home to ensure our titles are still published and we continue to provide a multi- media information resource for the industry. Our approach mirrors that of companies and organisations Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced dozens of community groups will receive funding to transform neglected urban spaces into thriving green havens for the whole community to use. The £1.35 million funding will help community groups to create 19 brand new parks and refurbish 49 currently unused and unloved plots of land, breathing new, green life into our towns and cities and increasing biodiversity across England. The new parks and green spaces will provide new areas for children to play, outdoor fitness facilities for residents, and places for families and friends to come together, helping encourage community integration and tackling loneliness. These new grants will fund the third round of Pocket Parks since the scheme launched in 2016. The government has now funded 352 grants to support community groups to create 146 new parks and give a vital boost to 206 derelict urban spaces in towns and cities in every region of the country. Communities Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: "Pocket parks are used for everything from exercise and gardening to socialising and relaxing. They have huge benefits for our mental and physical health and allow us to take a moment out of our busy lives to connect with nature. "Creating more pocket parks is part of this Government's ambition to ensure that communities have a real sense of identity and place, and that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy green spaces in their local area." Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, Chief Executive of environmental t h r o u g h o u t t h e i n d u s t r y , which are taking necessary precautions but still adopting the business as usual approach. The likes of BIGGA, the Parks Alliance and HTA have all issued advice and guidance for industry professionals. During these unprecedented times we encourage all our r e a d e r s , a d v e r t i s e r s a n d industry partners to help us to continue promoting our world- leading industry. Let's stay connected and let's all stay safe and healthy. Following its recent launch, the Amenity Standard has been very much welcomed by all sides of the amenity sector and is already being incorporated into tender documents and specifications going forward. The Amenity Standard, when held and displayed, demonstrates that all operational activities undertaken are at the highest professional standards and fully comply with all regulations, codes of best practice and follow all best practice guidance. T h e S t a n d a r d i s b e i n g administered by the Amenity Forum and any Amenity Standard organisation must be a member of an approved assurance scheme. Industry welcomes launch of Amenity Standard Organisations will not pay any extra to be part of the Standard; only the fees required to be a member of the relevant assurance scheme. The Forum audits the scheme operators involved not the individual organisations. Steve Hewitt, Manager for the Standard, said: ''What goes on in the amenity sector is often unpublicised and unrecognised but those who operate within it are those creating safe, healthy amenity and sports surfaces fit for purpose. This applies to our streets and pavements, our roads and rail, our parks, our sports pitches, golf courses and more. "The Amenity Standard is designed to give assurance to all who use such facilities that operations are carried out to the highest professional levels of best practice. In future, we would like to see that all amenity operations can demonstrate the Standard giving assurances equivalent to seeing the Red Tractor when buying food.'' Amenity Standard Among the successful schemes to be funded are: • The Groundwork Trust in Oldham and Rochdale are receiving more than £15,000 to totally transform the currently over-grown and unloved Rochdale Boarshaw Clough Nature Reserve into a pocket of peace and tranquillity for local residents. • Dukeries Active Zone in Hull are receiving more than £25,000 to totally transform an existing park with plans to turn it into a green sanctuary which encourages young families, teenagers and adults to get outdoors. • C h a c e w a t e r P r o j e c t s a n d C h a c e w a t e r P a r i s h Parks Group in Cornwall are receiving more than £15,000 to develop brand new community allotments, e n c o u r a g i n g l o c a l residents to socialise, exercise and reap the rewards of being outdoors. The government is working with the Parks Action Group, which represents leaders from across the parks sector, to support community empowerment programmes, professional development for the parks workforce and alternative park management models to ensure our parks are fit for the 21st Century. charity Keep Britain Tidy which runs the Green Flag Award scheme for parks and green spaces, said: "This is great news for people and for the environment, creating more parks and green spaces at the heart of communities. "We look forward to seeing many of these sites achieve the Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award in the years to come." Pocket Parks range approximately from the size of 1 tennis court to the size of 16, between 0.02 to 0.32 hectares. They inject green space into our towns and cities and provide opportunities for the whole community to benefit from spending time in nature. 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