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February 2015

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TECHNICAL UPDATE 23 the Groundsman February 2015 Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions seeks to be more flexible and will recognise a wide variety of training including in-house and that undertaken on other CPD schemes. Currently uptake on CPD related to pest, weed and disease control is low in our sector and this scheme seeks to help improve the position. In the UK, we can be rightly proud of the quality of our sports surfaces and the skilled staff who make them so. An essential element of this is the need to control weeds, pests and diseases. It is important that we maintain the highest standards and keep fully updated. One way to do this is for organisations to join the Amenity Forum to demonstrate their commitment and further increase our lobbying power. If you are an individual working in the sector, please do register with us and we can include you in our general mailings and updates. As 'we are better together'. Free half-day update events for groundsmen are being planned by the Amenity Forum l he impact of the UK's implementation of both the Sustainable Use and Water Framework Directives is significant and affects everyone in the amenity sector, and certainly those involved in sports grounds preparation and maintenance. It requires everyone to demonstrate that they are operating at best practice levels and adhering to the correct standards. The Amenity Forum has produced a series of guidance notes covering a wide range of topics, available on www.amenityforum.co.uk. It is very important that we can all demonstrate that we are operating at an Amenity Assured standard. If we work together and drive up standards, it means that we can argue strongly against further changes or restrictions which may impede our ability to maintain current standards of performance. Regular updates Over the next few months, the Amenity Forum is holding a series of free, half-day events across the UK. These events will offer discussion on policy change, professional development and new sprayer testing requirements. To find a location close to you, visit the website, and to reserve your place, contact Alan.Spedding@amenityforum.co.uk A key element of the national action plan established in the wake of recent implementation of the Directives is the need for all to take an integrated approach. Before addressing weed, pest and diseases problems, it is important to consider all the control options available and make appropriate use of them to maximise effectiveness and efficiency. T Amenity Forum update This is the first of a number of regular briefings on matters impacting on weed, pest and disease control. It starts with news on a series of free updating events and refers to some of the changes in approach required as a result of recent policy changes By: John Moverley Integrated planning seeks to minimise risks and achieve required control by adopting the right approaches to suit specific situations. In seeking to further advance such an approach, the Amenity Forum is working with other key stakeholders intending to establish a research foundation for managed amenity grass. This will not only seek to promote further research but also seek out ways for improving communication and application of such research at practitioner level. New initiatives Over the next few months, the Forum is rolling out a series of new initiatives including a new sprayer operator awards with a specific sports turf category and a new improved continuing professional development (CPD) scheme. The latter is administered by BASIS Registration and

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