Landscape & Amenity

November 2020

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Industry News The latest news and views from across the industry Pages 3-4 Battery Power The continued growth of battery-powered equipment Pages 13-15 Pages 16-18 Machinery, Plant & Vehicles New launches and case studies of products in action 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 November 2020 Special Feature Play & Activity Nation goes green as a record 2,061 Green Flag Awards announced Due to mounting pressure from the global Coronavirus p a n d e m i c , t h e G r o u n d s M a n a g e m e n t A s s o c i a t i o n (GMA) regrettably announces that it has taken the decision to move SALTEX to 3-4 November 2021, from its planned Spring dates (3-4 March 2021). T h e G M A h a s b e e n strategically planning for every eventuality to ensure the exhibition is a bio-secure event, in partnership with the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and i n t e r n a t i o n a l l y r e c o g n i s e d professional events bodies, however ongoing Government restrictions and local and national lockdowns, as well as rising cases of Coronavirus If the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it's how much we value our local parks and green spaces. All year round, an army of unsung dedicated parks staff and volunteers look after these treasured spaces. In mid-October landmarks across the country, including the White Cliffs of Dover, the London Stadium in Queen The GMA moves SALTEX to November 2021 For more information on our full range – or a no obligation demonstration call 01332 824777 or visit or Unrivalled performance and impressive versatility For more information on our full range – or a no obligation demonstration call 01332 824777 or visit or Dennis G860 Sisis Auto-Rotorake Mk5 PROUDLY BRITISH E l i z a b e t h O l y m p i c P a r k , Sefton Park in Liverpool ( p i c t u r e d ) a n d S a l f o r d ' s MediaCityUK, went green to celebrate this year's Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces and to say a massive 'thank you' to the thousands of people who work tirelessly to give us some fantastic places to escape to. Buildings, band stands and even a windmill will be lit up as part of the celebrations marking the announcement of the 2020 Green Flag Awards, the international quality mark for parks and green spaces. From world-famous London parks to small community spaces, canals to cemeteries, more than 2,000 sites across the country will be raising their flags today. The announcement, normally made in July, was delayed this year due to Covid-19 and while staff and volunteers dealt with challenges that went along with huge numbers of additional visitors. The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world. This year, a total of 2061 places have achieved the Green Flag Award, having been assessed by an army of more than 1,000 volunteer judges. A m o n g t h e w i n n e r s a r e Sunderland City Council's Mowbray Park and Jubilee Park managed by Canary Wharf Management Ltd. In addition, 109 of the winners have also achieved the much- c o v e t e d G r e e n H e r i t a g e Site Accreditation for the management of their historic features. The Accreditation is supported by Historic England. Paul Todd - Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, said: "Parks and green spaces have never been more important for the physical and mental health of everyone." "All the research shows that spending time in good-quality green space can improve people's health and wellbeing, that is why it is important that they are managed to the recognised standard of the Green Flag Award. "This is now something that millions more recognise after the challenges of the past six months. All those involved in the Green Flag Award should be congratulated on their achievement." Green Flag Awards have highlighted the immediate challenges to stage a successful event in March. This decision has factored in recent analysis from both exhibitor and visitor surveys, as well as discussions with relevant parties. Organisers have been closely re-negotiating with the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), returning the exhibition to its original Autumn dateline. When visitors were asked on date preferences to attend a trade event, November was the first option – followed by October and September. Exhibitors also echoed this, with 64% stating a preference to attend SALTEX in November 2021 due to latest news and restrictions. In addition, latest visitor research showed that an overwhelming majority (80%) stated that attending an indoor trade show was their number one preference. In more usual circumstances, SALTEX brings over 9,000 visitors across two days with circa 400 brands exhibiting, and visitor attendance at the NEC has significantly grown year-on-year. The next show will be its 75th anniversary marking the longstanding contribution to the grounds sector. Geoff Webb, CEO at the GMA commented: "As hard as this decision was to make, we knew it was important to act quickly and responsibly so we can begin looking to the future and stage a successful event once restrictions ease again. We have recently seen confidence eroding despite early optimism. "Our recent surveys have given us excellent insight from both exhibitors and visitors, giving us evidence that reflects current circumstances so we can continue planning an event that best reflects the turf care sector's requirements. SALTEX

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