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November 2015

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TECHNICAL UPDATE 36 the Groundsman November 2015 Visit for more information and digital editions he Amenity Forum conference began with presentations from the Chemicals Regulation Directorate and the Environment Agency. These reported on very good progress in amenity in meeting the changes arising from the Sustainable Use Directive and promoting best practice through its voluntary initiative - the Amenity Forum. However, it was stressed there remains more to do in engaging everyone in amenity with the Forum objectives and, in particular: • Increasing numbers engaged in T Record-breaking amenity debate A record number of attendees at the Amenity Forum conference heard speakers address all the key issues and challenges being faced in terms of weed, pest and disease control By: Professor John Moverley continuing professional development; • Adopting integrated approaches to weed control; and • Ensuring everyone understands the new legal obligations for sprayer testing and in relation to selling pesticides. Standards of water quality and the legal requirements were also presented, stressing the importance of ensuring a targeted approach to pesticide use, avoiding run off and taking particular care close to water courses ensuring all methods of non- chemical control are considered. Darren Brown, chairman of the CPA Amenity Group, spoke about 'Getting our message across'. He saw it as vital that everyone in the sector at every level stands together to ensure proactiveness in communicating the essential role undertaken and that debate is based on facts and evidence. He referred to the importance of the new initiative being led by the Forum, funded by its members, and how important it is for all to fully get behind it. A record number of delegates at the King Power Stadium for the Amenity Forum Conference

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