Landscape & Amenity

April 2021

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Product News EMAIL: 1 Water Management All the solutions and latest innovations Page 13 Sports Turf Maintenance Jane Carley looks at creating the right surfaces Pages 19-24 Pages 25-26 Pedestrian & Remote Mowers New machines and cutting-edge technology 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 2021 Special Feature Best of British Supplement READER ENQUIRY 4 Organisers of SALTEX are looking for the best speakers in the grounds management industry to showcase their knowledge at the show, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham on 3 and 4 November 2021. Learning LIVE, SALTEX's all-encompassing education programme, provides advice, insight and real solutions to the biggest issues that the grounds management industry care about most. Organisers aim for the seminar programme at SALTEX to be engaging, S T I H L h a s l a u n c h e d t h e new FSA 86 R, adding to its range of high-performance brushcutters. The new FSA 86 R offers the low weight of its predecessor, the FSA 85, with added features like the ergo lever handle cutting attachments that can be changed by hand, a new design and more power. The all-new high revving direct drive motor produces 20% more power, delivering outstanding cutting performance. The EC motor also offers excellent efficiency during operation, e n s u r i n g i t p e r m a n e n t l y monitors the load and adjusts the engine accordingly. With outdoor sport and physical activity reopening, Sport England has put together a suite of resources to help the sector return to play. A combination of improving weather and the successful vaccine rollout looks set to boost people's motivations and ability to be more active now outdoor grassroots sport and physical activity is allowed for all ages. More than half of people (51%) say they feel less worried about returning to play now the vaccine rollout has begun, compared to 40% in January – Sport England has also used this research to draw up a list of top tips to help providers encourage people back to activity. The research also shows people may be lacking in confi dence after a prolonged break from their usual activities, so Sport England collated a set of resources to help the sector encourage people and ease them in slowly. One year on since the UK went into national lockdown, national land management charity, the Land Trust, has published the results of a recent survey which shows how important green spaces have been for people throughout the pandemic. Over 90% of participants said they think that spending time in green spaces has had a positive effect on their mental and physical health throughout the pandemic. With people using green spaces for exercise, nature watching or spending time with their family, this has had a Learning LIVE 2021 – call for papers STIHL expands brushcutter range Green spaces 'vital' during COVID-19 pandemic particular impact on people's mental health. Ninety-five per cent of respondents said spending time in green space had a positive effect on their mental health. The Land Trust kept as many of its 80 parks and green spaces open as possible throughout 2020 so that local communities could benefi t from spending time in well-managed green space. This saw an increase in park users, with a 20% rise in people visiting green spaces every day since the fi rst lockdown began. With limited budgets and r e s t r i c t i o n s p r o h i b i t i n g volunteering activity during most of the last year, maintaining 80+ sites as a charity has been a challenge. Alan Carter, Director of Portfolio Management at the Land Trust, said: "I'm so proud of what we've been able to achieve and provide for so many people throughout the pandemic. "I know how important it's been to have a clean, safe space to use for that daily escape from the house, and it's through the hard work of our dedicated managing partners and estates team that we've been able to provide this. "As a charity we rely on limited budgets and amazing teams of volunteers to help keep our sites maintained and improving. "It's been a testing time but to know people have been using our spaces and reaping the benefi ts of using green spaces through the pandemic means our hard work has paid off." Land Trust Enquiry 1 Additionally, the exceptional power-to-weight ratio makes the tool incredibly easy to use, particularly for line-trimming around boarders and trees, without the need of metal cutting tools or a full bike-handle brushcutter. Although the new AutoCut C 6-2 cutting head is fi tted as standard, the new PolyCut 6-2 is available as an alternative option that can be fi tted without the need for tools. For more challenging jobs, the new DuroCut 5-2 is also available and ideally suited for dense grass and light scrub. The FSA 86 R features a new battery housing and component design, enabling users to easily insert STIHL's high-performance 36V AP batteries, ideal for professional use. Users can take working time from 35 minutes to 60 minutes when using STIHL's AP 200 battery. STIHL Enquiry 2 informative and educational for attendees. Since its creation in 2015, the most popular Learning LIVE sessions have been case studies and presentations from companies or individuals who are prepared to share personal experience and learnings. Each proposal will be evaluated and those that most closely match the needs of the attendees will be selected. SALTEX Enquiry 3 07881 013044 07557 154300 PATRICK DESMOND DAN WHITE WWW.KIOTI-UK.COM SOUTHERN ENGLAND WWW.KIOTI-UK.COM 01480 401512 SALES@KIOTI-UK.COM 5 YEAR 3,000 HR OR FIRST 2 X YEARS UNLIMITED! TRACTOR WARRANTY K9 2400 UTILITY VEHICLE 2 YEAR UNLIMITED WARRANTY TO GET YOUR WORK DONE IT HAS TO BE KIOTI! WALES, SCOTLAND, CENTRAL & NORTHERN ENGLAND NEW KIOTI MARKET LEADING

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