Landscape & Amenity

May 2021

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Product News EMAIL: 1 Hard & Soft Landscaping The latest product developments Pages 10-11 ATVs, UTVs & Work Trucks The vehicles that will help keep you working Page 25 Page 26 Machinery, Plant & Vehicles Product news and updates on new 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 May 2021 Special Feature Professional Groundscare Supplement READER ENQUIRY 4 The pandemic has impacted on every aspect of daily life and recovery will be long and extremely challenging. What has been highlighted during the time since the virus impacted has been the vital and important role of amenity management, seeking to keep amenity and sports surfaces safe and healthy. Given all this challenge and change, the title for the 2021 Amenity Forum Annual Conference is 'Facing the Future'. What will the new normal bring? Outdoor maintenance expert, Kärcher,has extended its award-winning professional products to include a full range of professional landscape management tools, designed to meet the needs of heavy users. The new range features a chainsaw, brushcutter, hedge trimmer, line trimmer, multi-tool, leaf blower and leaf blower backpack. The range unites professional grade equipment with the flexibility of battery power to provide the performance needed to tackle the everyday challenges with low noise and zero emissions. The robust Kärcher Battery Universe platform features several innovative advances in battery technology and works across Amenity Forum reveals 2021 conference details Kärcher launches battery- powered landscaping range Importance of public playgrounds confi rmed by new study Care for your grass in multiple ways, all in one cost-effective machine. British equipment suited to all budgets and pitch sizes. Contact us today for a free 80 page bro chure 01473 328272 • .LAPU Banner 4GCS_LAPU Strip 19/08/2019 11:23 Page 1 Free-to-access, public playgrounds are the most common places for children to play according to a new national survey from the University of Reading. In the largest study of play in Britain, children on average spent more time playing in playgrounds than any other place. The British Children's Play Survey was conducted with a nationally representative sample of 1919 adult respondents who had a child aged 5-11 years. The survey asked parents in April 2020 to respond about normal life before Covid-19 restrictions. Away from home and in the garden, playgrounds are the most popular spaces for outdoor play at least once a week, closely followed by green spaces, and they are also the third most adventurous place for children's play. The paper's lead author, Professor Helen Dodd, says: "We can see that playgrounds and green areas are critical spaces for children's play, particularly outdoor, adventurous play. "It is therefore crucial that all children have access to spaces like these for their development and wellbeing. "Providing the spaces is not enough though, urban planning must take into account how children and families will travel to and access these spaces and they need to be engaging and interesting places for children's play." Chair of the Association of Play Industries (API), Mark Hardy, said the study confirms the essential role that public play areas have in the physical and mental health of children. " P l a y g r o u n d s a r e v i t a l c o m m u n i t y a s s e t s w h i c h have a significant impact o n c h i l d r e n ' s h e a l t h a n d wellbeing," he continued. "Recent years have seen a sharp decline in the number o f p l a y g r o u n d s . T h e s e community spaces are hugely under-funded and hundreds are disappearing. "There is now an urgent need f o r s u s t a i n e d i n v e s t m e n t in a UK-wide network of playgrounds to protect and enhance children's health." Shrewsbury Town Council conducted research showing a dramatic rise in footfall in public play facilities over the course of the pandemic, demonstrating how important these assets are to children and local communities. The SLCC, which represents the chief officers to over 5,000 town, parish and community councils, are calling on the Government to recognise the importance of play in exercise, provide financial support for shared public spaces and long- term legacy funding for parks and playgrounds. A growing number of leading academics are also calling for children to be placed at the heart of the nation's recovery post-pandemic, with experts calling for a 'summer of play'. Association of Play Industries Enquiry 1 numerous Kärcher products, including the entire professional landscape management range, allowing easy transition from one product to another. Features include a waterproof battery pack and real-time LC- display of charge level, remaining running & charge times, device temperature, and battery health. It also has a useful automatic storage mode, which protects the battery whilst being stored. Kärcher Enquiry 2 How will amenity organisations need to adapt and change? What will be the impact of proposed policy changes in how the work is undertaken? All these topics and more will be covered. The conference is being held at the Kettering Conference Centre in Northampton on October 21st. For those still uncertain about travelling to a physical venue, the conference will also be available on-line as in 2020. Amenity Forum Enquiry 3

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