Landscape & Amenity

June 2016

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READER ENQUIRY 4 Weeds & Pest Control A round-up of the latest solutions Page 26-29 JUNE 2016 Landscape Amenity PRODUCT UPDATE 2 and 4-Wheel Tractors Jane Carley spotlights the industry workhorses Page 30-34 Sweepers , Collectors, Blowers & Vacs Showcase on the best products Page 14-15 Först, a brand of Redwood Global, has joined forces with Orange Plant in a strategic partnership that will see the arboricultural sales and hire specialist supply high performance wood chippers across the North of England. The deal now means that Orange Plant is the regional distributor for Först machinery at its branches in Newcastle upon Tyne, Wetherby and Bromborough (Cheshire). Doug Ghinn, Director at Först, commented: "In order to enhance our coverage of the market and make the premium Först product and service available to tree surgeons and contractors right across the UK, we have signed an Först signs key deal with Orange Plant A new national college for those pursuing land based careers has been launched to meet the needs of a swiftly changing and increasingly demanding sector. The National Land Based College [NLBC] will create a hub for leading colleges, universities and industry experts to collaborate on dynamic new courses tailored for, and responsive to, this vital part of the UK economy. Courses will be delivered through the UK's specialist land based colleges, a new online platform and by industry experts in their workplaces – blended learning that will balance theory with practical skills training. In partnership with the awarding body, City and Guilds, NLBC will set new industry-approved standards of excellence, offering UK's fi rst national college for land based sector launched clear career pathways and opportunities for advancement. Qualifi cations will range from foundation-level courses up to full degrees, and will also include a raft of continuing p r o f e s s i o n a l d e v e l o p m e n t [CPD] options. Leigh Morris, CEO of NLBC, explained: "Working for the fi rst time at a coordinated national level we can build a pool of resources drawn from the very best minds in education and industry. "Collaboratively we will promote land based careers, raise the standard of college courses and create cutting edge training for those already employed. So doing, we will meet the skills needs of the sector today and into the future." NLBC's broad remit covers a vast range of careers, from agriculture and game- keeping to equine studies and landscaping. It will provide blended learning using the 'hub and spoke' model – a small central team will form the strategic focal point and run a virtual college providing o n l i n e t e a c h i n g ; l a n d - based colleges and industry workplaces will be the spokes, delivering face-to-face and practical training. The NLBC hub will actively promote land based careers i n c o l l a b o r a t i o n w i t h organisations such as Bright Grow and Grow Careers, and will work to attract the very best people into the sector. Its online platform will also function as a portal, A team led by the University of Sheffield's Department o f L a n d s c a p e h a s b e e n awarded £1.3m by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to research park use in the city and its impact on health. The three-year study will compare behaviour in different neighbourhoods and ask whether the quantity and quality of available green space correlates with health. It will also seek to identify the most important factors in a healthy green space – design, location, biodiversity, or other features – and measure their cost effectiveness. Grant for research into parks and health The researchers also plan to develop a smartphone app that will monitor how factors such as age, money, culture and class infl uence how people use their local green spaces. Project leader Dr Anna Jorgensen said: "We aim to understand the cultures and values that infl uence how people of different ages and backgrounds interact with the natural environment as well as fi nd out more about which aspects of the natural environment are benefi cial for health and wellbeing. The aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of city residents through well designed green spaces." NERC Enquiry 2 linking to diverse land based organisations and a CPD register for graduates. NLBC has a board of 21 directors, ten principals from UK land based colleges and universities, ten from industry leaders, and Lord Curry. It is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. Seed funding has been provided by Landex member colleges, Landex, and City and Guilds who contributed £250,000 from their National Profi ciency Test Council fund. NLBC will receive a percentage payment for all City and Guilds land based qualifi cations endorsed by the college. NLBC Enquiry 1 exclusive partnership with Orange Plant for the sales, service and hire of Först equipment across the North of England." Joanna Chapman, Orange Plant's Managing Director said the Först brand has made huge strides since it was launched three years ago. "The main reason for this is the quality and confi dence Redwood Global has in the Forst brand, the company has developed and introduced a range of robust wood chippers that the industry is asking for, supported by a three year warranty that is very appealing," she added. Först Enquiry 3

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