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READER ENQUIRY 4 Play & Activity Today The latest products and news Page 19-25 MAY 2016 Landscape Amenity PRODUCT UPDATE Brushcutters Spotlight on the popular models Page 26-27 Water Management & Irrigation A look at the latest solutions Page 16-17 SALTEX 2016 continues to gain momentum after many of the industry's leading names have confirmed their presence at this year's exhibition, which will be at the NEC Birmingham from 2 to 3 November 2016. John Deere, Toro, Ransomes Jacobsen, STIHL and Kubota will be returning to the show for a second consecutive year, so visitors can again expect to see an impressive line-up of top turf care equipment in addition to suppliers of leading groundscare products such as ICL, Rigby Taylor, Limagrain UK, Vitax Amenity and DLF Trifolium. Companies such as Turftrax, Granuflex, Equisafe UK, SGL (Stadium Grow Lighting), SALTEX 2016 attracting world class exhibitors The Parks Alliance (TPA), the UK's voice of parks, has published 'The National Playground: growing the next generation' on the importance of parks to family life. The current squeeze on budgets is putting our parks and green spaces at risk and data highlighted in the report show that parents with children under 10, are most concerned about the impact of budget cuts on local parks, with 7 out of 10 worried about the prospect of cuts. In this parent group, 8 out of 10 visit parks once a month, the highest number of any park users. Parks are an integral part of childhood. In an average month, 48% of all children in England visit local urban parks. Across the country it ranges from 46% New research shows parents worried about cuts to parks of children in the North East to 54% in the east of England. Other data highlighted in the report include: park visits accounted for an estimated 827 million visits taken to the natural environment in England 2014/15; every month, on average, three quarters of children (75%) visit the natural environment with adults from their own household; and play was the dominant reason given by adults for the visits they took with children to the natural environment. 47% of children took visits that were motivated by adults wanting to play with their children and 43% took visits where the motivation was 'to let the children play'. Mark Camley, Chairman of The Parks Alliance, said: "Public parks have provided generations of young people with safe space to play and enjoy themselves. "Parks and green spaces enable families to spend quality time together, and help with physical and mental health. The case for maintaining parks is clear but their future is under threat. Since 2010, 86% of parks managers' report cuts to revenue budgets. The Park's Alliance is concerned about the risk of closures, sell- offs and a drop in the quality of our green spaces and calls for a public Inquiry in to how parks are funded." The report also features visitor data from three local parks in Crosby, Wheatley and Wetherby highlighting their importance to their local communities. The Parks Alliance Enquiry 1 Aquaterra Europe, Boston Seeds, Acorn Tractors and Parnells, will all be making their first appearance at SALTEX 2016. SALTEX event director Matthew Knight said: "Many companies that didn't exhibit in 2015 saw first- hand how fantastic the exhibition was and this has prompted them to take stand space this year to avoid missing a great opportunity. "If we continue to receive the same level of enquiries and bookings then there is a great chance of expanding the show even further. It is our goal to grow SALTEX year on year and early signs are extremely positive." SALTEX Enquiry 3 Jacksons Fencing recently installed a 4m x 14m fully automated double leaf swing gates, as part of the ongoing security updates at the Eurotunnel Coquelles site. With each post weighing over a tonne and each leaf measuring 7m wide, weighing 1600kg and operated by 125mm bore x 1300mm stroke, rams weighing over 200 kilos and capable of lifting over 19 tonnes / 190,000 newtons (the equivalent of a full double decker bus), so this Massive automated gates swing into action massive gate is anything but lightweight, yet is no slouch with the opening and closing operations completed within 60 seconds. The new gate is one of the largest automated swing gate Jacksons have ever designed, manufactured and installed and naturally includes full safety features and is CE Marked in compliance with the EU Machinery Directive. Jacksons Fencing Enquiry 2 Call: 0345 600 7704 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Visit: topsport.co.uk Specially formulated to make grass surfaces more durable, Topsport fibre reinforced Loksand is ideal for heavily trafficked areas, including equestrian paddocks, public parks, access roads and car parks. Grass surfaces last longer and work harder with Loksand.