Landscape & Amenity

September 2021

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Product News EMAIL: Product News EMAIL: 1 Product News The latest news from the industry Pages 6-7 Estate Management A range of systems and solutions Pages 10-11 Page 12 Brushcutters The latest models and innovations 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 September 2021 Special Feature Professional Groundscare Supplement READER ENQUIRY 4 T o c e l e b r a t e t h e 2 5 t h Anniversay of the programme, the UK operators are hosting the first Green Flag Award virtual awards ceremony. The event will celebrate the past 25 years and recognise the people who do so much to create some of the best parks in the world. As part of the 25th Anniversary Awards we are calling for n o m i n a t i o n s f r o m G r e e n Flag Award winning sites in the following categories: V o l u n t e e r o f t h e Y e a r ; Young Volunteer of the Year; Employee of the Year; Team of the Year; Councillor of the Year; Best Health Initiative; Green Flag Award launch 25th anniversary special awards Agrovista UK electrifi es delivery fl eet Plant exports down almost 40% during 2021 so far Increased costs and restrictions on the UK horticulture industry to export to the EU have seen a marked drop in the value of trade in the first six months of the year, demonstrating a missed opportunity for the sector to grow its contribution to UK 'green trade'. Research conducted by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) shows that exports of live plants and plant materials from the UK to the EU between January and June this year were valued at £9.7m, compared with £16m in the same period of 2019 – a decrease of 39%. Rest of the world sales have remained broadly static. This, says the HTA, shows that the although the EU is still the largest market for British horticultural products, the industry is not growing as it could. Extra new administrative costs and restrictions are resulting in British horticulture businesses choosing not to pursue markets in the EU. "We had long suspected that this heavy-handed regime would put too many barriers in the way of those who had hoped to grow a customer base in Europe," said James Clark, Director of Policy and Communications at the HTA. "Much of the £24bn horticulture industry is made up of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) who want to champion 'green trade' and export the hugely iconic British plants, seeds and trees we produce here. "However, the bureaucratic obstacles and huge costs are making it business-sapping and unviable. This is preventing SMEs to grow and lead a post- Brexit trade renaissance." First-hand experiences of HTA members tell a story of businesses frustrated by problems transporting their live plants combined with the additional costs and complexity of inspections and necessary paperwork. These factors combined mean that it simply isn't viable for many to trade with customers on the continent. The HTA has launched a campaign called 'Let Britain G r o w ' , c a l l i n g f o r t h e Government to review existing inspection levels and costs and negotiate a plant health agreement between the UK and the EU. This will enable the multi-billion pound sector to boost the nation's economic growth and fuel international trade post-Brexit. Horticultural Trades Association Enquiry 1 Agrovista UK has started its journey towards replacing its delivery fleet with electric powered vehicles. Agrovista UK is committed to reducing its carbon emissions and recently revealed that it has already set out a new range of measures and commitments designed to improve the health of the planet. Chris Sprigg, Strategy and Planning Manager, offered a greater insight: "The use of diesel is our biggest CO2 emission so if we can move to a sustainable electricity supply as an alternative then that will put us on the right track towards our net carbon zero objectives. We have already moved onto electric vehicles for our car fl eet, and I'm pleased to say that we currently have 44 vehicles in this respect. "Furthermore, we have already started to install electric vehicle charging points at the depots and the objective is to have every depot installed with charging points by the end of 2022." Agrovista UK Enquiry 2 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 Most Improved Space; and Best Promotion of Green Flag Award. Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager said: "2021 is a significant year for the Awards as we celebrate their 25th Anniversary. The fact that the scheme now Awards over 2000 sites in the UK is down to the dedication of the people involved. We look forward to celebrating their success in November and the projects they have delivered." Nominations close on the 22nd September 2021. Green Flag Award Enquiry 3

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