Landscape & Amenity

June 2021

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Product News EMAIL: 1 SAGE 2021 Preview of the new industry outdoor exhibition Pages 12-13 Two & Four Wheeled Tractors Jane Carley puts the spotlight on the latest machines Pages 15-17 Page 18-21 Sweepers, Collectors, Blowers & Vacs New product launches & 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 June 2021 Play & Activity Supplement READER ENQUIRY 4 The API is joining the #SummerOfPlay campaign to give children the space, time, and freedom to play this summer as the Covid-19 restrictions are eased. or more than a year, children across the UK have been forced to spend time indoors, inactive and isolated from friends due to Covid-19 restrictions. It is not surprising that we have seen unprecedented increases in children's mental health problems and loneliness, alongside reduced physical activity. The campaign is being co- ordinated by Save the Children, Play England, Play Scotland, Play Wales, PlayBoard NI, playfirstuk and Playing Out. Experts, charities Etesia UK has launched the ET Lander – a new fully electric utility vehicle built specifically for use on roads and all types of paths in both the town and countryside. Spacious, well-equipped and user-friendly, the ET Lander is built on a robust chassis and has an array of options including a three-way tipper bed with dual control from the fully-fitted two- seater cab or by remote control when outside the vehicle. Fitted with lead acid batteries (72V 220 Ah - producing 15.8Kw), the autonomy of the vehicles lasts for a full working day – without noise Across Britain, 2.78 million people live further than a ten- minute walk from their nearest park or green space. That's the finding of the latest Green Space Index from Fields in Trust which reveals that, despite their vital role in the nation's wellbeing during lockdown, our much loved Support the Summer of Play New electric vehicle launched by Etesia Green space not equally accessible to everyone Robust steel edging and planters designed for high quality commercial and domestic projects. The professionals finish local parks are not equally accessible to all. The Green Space Index was launched by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at an event at Starbank Park in Edinburgh. The visit came ahead of COP26, which will be taking place in Glasgow later this year, with today's event one of a number of projects with a positive effect on climate change that The Duke and Duchess have visited across Scotland. Urban parks and green spaces boost air quality, support habitats and mitigate the effects of climate change. T h e e v e n t a l s o s a w , Edinburgh's Lord Provost, Frank Ross, unveil a new commitment by The City of E d i n b u r g h C o u n c i l w h i c h will ensure almost everyone in the city lives no more than a ten-minute walk from a green space which is legally protected for good. The Green Space Index is Fields in Trust's annual barometer of publicly accessible local park and green space provision. First launched in 2019, this third release once again highlights the inequities in provision across Britain. Despite their value for health, wellbeing, community and environment, some parts of Britain have access to half the green space as others - Scots enjoy 38.18 sqm of provision per person whilst for residents in London the figure falls to just 19.53 sqm. Seven of the nine English regions do not meet a minimum standard of green space provision as measured by the GSI Score, and whilst both Scotland and Wales do meet this minimum standard their scores have both fallen over the last twelve months. Areas with the least provision tend to be those with a higher incidence of deprivation - precisely the communities who benefit most from green space access. In taking this commitment The City of Edinburgh Council become the first local authority in Scotland to adopt such a bold vision for their green spaces and follow in the footsteps of Liverpool City Council. Earlier this year a pioneering commitment to protect all Liverpool's parks - 100 green spaces covering over 1,000 hectares - for good with Fields in Trust was revealed. Jo Barnett, Fields in Trust Chair of Trustees, said: "Through the pandemic we've realised just how valuable parks and green spaces are to our health and wellbeing, yet across the UK only 6% of parks are protected and access to them is not equitable. "The proven physical and mental health benefits of local parks is unchallenged. These are valuable places; places where we can all move, breathe, run and play. Because once lost, they are lost forever." Fields in Trust Enquiry 1 pollution. A Lithium battery option will also be available in the future. See more details on page 4. Etesia Enquiry 2 and leading organisations are urgently calling for play to be central to children's recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Free-to-access, public playgrounds are the most common places for children to play, the largest study of play in Britain has found. Children spend more time playing in playgrounds than any other place. Organisations and individuals can pledge to support a #SummerOfPlay. Play is not simply fun for children, it is vital for their development and physical and mental health. Association of Play Industries Enquiry 3

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