Landscape & Amenity

October 2021

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Product News EMAIL: Product News EMAIL: 1 Hard & Soft Landscaping The latest case studies and news Pages 10-11 Water Management Spotlight on the solutions and systems you need Page 12 Pages 23-24 Battery Power Technology continues to drive tool development 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 October 2021 Special Feature SALTEX 2021 Preview READER ENQUIRY 4 The industry is being encouraged to help shape the country's future plant biosecurity strategy, as a 10-week consultation is launched to protect the country from the threat of plant pests and diseases. The joint Defra, Scottish and Welsh Government consultation sets out a new vision for plant health and potential measures to strengthen the existing biosecurity regime. Launching the consultation from RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Minister for Biosecurity Lord Benyon said: "The threat from plant pests and diseases is signifi cant and growing due to globalisation and climate change. Consultation on harmful plant pests and diseases UK unveiling of RoviMo Lottery funding secured for Future Proof Parks campaign There is an urgent need to recruit young volunteers to care for and maintain UK parks if they are to meet the needs of current and future generations, according to Future Proof Parks - a partnership between Groundwork, Fields in Trust and National Youth Agency. They say it is vital that we act now to recruit the next generation of volunteers, representative of the communities that enjoy and benefi t from the UK's parks and green spaces. A new series of free How-To guides have been published supporting friends of parks groups to recruit more young volunteers. Future Proof Parks is a National Lottery Heritage Fund programme – part of the £10m 'Kick the Dust' initiative –which aims to get more young people involved in preserving their local park and green space heritage. Throughout the programme young people have learned about their local historic parks and have been encouraged to join their local 'friends of' groups, volunteering to preserve the local spaces that matter to the communities they live in. The project is also working with friends' groups to give them the tools, encouragement, and support to get more local young people involved in their work and benefi t from cross-generational working. To support volunteers inexperienced at involving young people, a series of How-To guides has been published introducing Friends of Parks working with young people in green spaces. Fields in Trust Chief Executive Helen Griffi ths said: "We are all thankful to the volunteers who helped maintain our parks throughout lockdown and now, coming out of the pandemic, we can all play our part to make sure local green spaces will remain a healthy part of the local environment contributing to our wellbeing, our community connections and mitigating the impact of climate change. "Local parks have been vital over the last year, we must make sure they will always be there for the whole community and for future generations - helping to restore the natural world and providing safe places to meet friends and neighbours. "To make that happen we have to ensure the next generation of volunteers are included and empowered to get involved now and become future leaders." The wellbeing value associated with frequent use of parks and green spaces is worth £34.2 billion per year to the UK adult population and is estimated to save the NHS around £111 million per year through a reduction in GP visits. Fields in Trust Enquiry 1 The GGM Group hosted the prestigious UK unveiling of a ground-breaking Cylinder Cassette Mower for Professional Sports Turf. The event, which was held at Manchester City FC Training Ground, showcased the RoviMo robotic mower for sports turf, saving potentially thousands of man hours in the maintenance of sports fi elds and stadiums. The RoviMo is the world's fi rst intelligent electric vehicle capable of mowing patterns autonomously according to the guidelines of national football associations, UEFA, or FIFA, precisely and over the shortest distance, horizontally, vertically and with chessboard pattern, at the touch of a button. GGM Group Enquiry 2 The risks to food production and our precious landscapes, trees, parks and gardens are all too real. "We already have some of the highest biosecurity standards in Europe but as we look to build back greener from the pandemic, we want to consider any further safeguards needed to protect our natural world. "That's why we're asking for views from all sectors, including horticulture, forestry and farming, to help us shape our future biosecurity strategy and ensure our trees and plants are protected for future generations." Defra Enquiry 3 Demonstra ons of our extensive machinery range are available at our facility or at your own site, call 01260 223273 for more informa on www.ecogreencompos King Feeders UK Eco Green Compos ng Equipment

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