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November 2014

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Natural & Synthetic Sports Surfaces DESIGN · CONSTRUCTION · MAINTENANCE Telephone: 01494 866776 Bespoke solutions to suit any budget or criteria. Good grounding in sport 15 01 20 E ME TM BT t at s us e ee Se 4 C4 d nd an ta St d n a S g n i s s e r D p o T • e d i w n o i t a N s e n o z t o o R d n a s d f o s r e i l p p u s TECHNICAL UPDATE 15 the Groundsman November 2014 Visit for more information and digital editions The conference was concluded with a presentation from Manda Sansom from Monsanto. She looked at the challenges and opportunities for pesticide use in the UK. Her presentation brought together much of the content of the conference. Weed control is essential in amenity to protect public safety, ensure proper drainage and protect infrastructure such as highways. It is also required to produce sporting surfaces of the right quality and level of performance. Yet there is much lack of understanding about pesticides and natural concerns. However, if we all work together and commit to best practice, we have much of which to be proud. Going Forward It is important that all involved in this sector do stand up and be proud of what it does. The Forum made important announcements including the launch of a new look Forum website, incorporating easier access to guidance material, a new campaign promoting continuing professional development and two new leaflets on the key points for education and training and illegal pesticides. Also announced were plans for improved guidance material relating to water protection, a new research initiative linked to integrated control, new guidance material being produced for use by green-keepers and an expanded 2015 programme for Updating Events to be held throughout England as well as in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from January to early April. These updating events are free, lasting half a day. To receive more information, the contact is (email): Mark De'Ath from Headland Amenity in concluding remarks emphasised the amount of activity within the amenity sector and urged everyone to get behind the Forum and its objectives. Staying in control is very much the game going forward but we all need to be part of the same team. To coin the phrase 'we are better together'. l John Moverley is chair of the Amenity Forum Delegates heard about the importance of an integrated approach to weed control

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