Landscape & Amenity

March 2021

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Product News EMAIL: news@landscapeandamenity.com 1 Pedestrianisation, Hard & Soft Landscaping A look at the urban environment Page 8 Weed & Pest Control The latest solutions & services Pages 9-12 Page 26 Machinery, Plant & Vehicles Product launches & new case studies 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 March 2021 Special Feature Professional Groundscare Supplement READER ENQUIRY 4 The environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is to perform the key secretariat role for a critical new UK All Party Parliamentary Group. One of the areas the group is set to consider is "How do we solve inequality of access to green spaces?", acknowledging an ongoing challenge faced by many local authorities and municipalities around the world, and one which has been especially brought into focus during the series of lock- downs that the countries faced through 2020. Richard McIlwain, Deputy Modular concrete paving meets today's Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) ethos for engineered and prefabricated products, and the increasing use of efficient, fully mechanised site processes enhances the benefits. A new guidance document has just been published on the detailed design and installation of modular concrete paving, covering block paving, flags and kerbs. Already a well-proven and established technology, modular concrete paving continues to develop with mechanised handling, installation and related As part of his Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced £300m of government funding to help sports, clubs and leagues affected by restrictions placed on spectator attendance. Sport England chief executive Tim Hollingsworth has welcomed the new Sport Recovery Package. The government funding, that builds on the successful rollout of the £300m Sport Winter Survival Package announced last November, will help sports that are heavily dependent on income from spectators such as cricket, tennis and horse racing continue until fans are allowed to return. "This additional funding will make a big difference to many sports that depend on spectators and have been especially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic," he said. "As we continue to do with the Sport Winter Survival Package, we'll work closely with the government to set out how sports can access this money as quickly and efficiently as possible once more details have been confirmed. New UK Parliamentary parks group New guidance on modern methods of modular paving Mixed reaction to Government's plans for pandemic recovery Robust steel edging and planters designed for high quality commercial and domestic projects. The professionals finish "Sports play a vital role in our communities up and down the country and, in these unprecedented times, the government's survival package funding – which now totals around £600m overall – will provide vital and timely support during the next few months while restrictions start to be lifted." Helen Griffiths, chief executive of Fields In Trust, said parks and green spaces featured prominently in Prime Minister Boris Johnson's recent roadmap for easing of the latest lockdown, with early reduction of social contact restrictions allowing people to begin to meet up again in spaces such as parks as early as next week. But she sounded several notes of caution as regards whether the Government's commitment to "green" issues would translate to sufficient support. "Rishi Sunak's Budget certainly sowed more seeds of the Treasury's money in the short-term, but it made no secret that the future for the Exchequer will involve pruning of the branches," she explained. "The Chancellor warned that repairing the damage of the pandemic on the nation's finances 'will take time'. "Whilst parks have proved so vital over the last twelve months, in the years to come as local councils grapple with ever decreasing budgets, as we have seen before, these non-statutory services are likely to quickly fall down the priority lists of those making the difficult decisions. "That is not to say the problem is exclusively one for the future. In the short-term, as millions of us look with hope towards a summer exploring new parks and green spaces across the UK on our staycations, the dedicated parks professionals and volunteer groups tasked with caring for these spaces, providing peaceful havens for the enjoyment of so many, need support more than ever." Fields in Trust Enquiry 1 Sport England is responsible f o r m a n a g i n g a n d administering the Sport Winter Survival Package with funding decisions made by an independent board led by Barclays bank chairman Sir Ian Cheshire. Sir Ian is pleased the new funding will help sports impacted over the next few months and explained: "Having seen first-hand what a lifeline government investment through the Sport Winter Survival Package has provided for a huge number of sports, this extra £300m to run through to the summer is very good news. "The lack of spectators in venues has removed vitally important income, having an impact on sports from grassroots all the way to the elite, and so we will work at pace to ensure that those with significant financial need are engaged at speed and supported throughout the coming months." Further details about the Sport Recovery Package, including how the money will be distributed, how organisations can apply and timeframes, will be announced in the coming weeks. operations, increasing efficiency and safety – including social distancing. This latest guidance a i m s t o h e l p d e s i g n e r s , contractors and others to optimise this technology and to meet their obligations under CDM Regulations and other requirements. Find out more, download the new guidance and other documents via: www.paving.org.uk Interpave Enquiry 2 Chief Executive for Keep Britain Tidy said: "Across the country, there exists profound disparities in our proximity and ability to access nature. "Research shows that Black and Minority Ethnics, those with a disability, women, regionally deprived, and poorer socioeconomic groups are disadvantaged in accessing green spaces. Moreover, the pandemic has demonstrated just how important adequate access is to the public's physical and mental health." 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