Landscape & Amenity

January 2017

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Product News EMAIL: news@landscapeandamenity.com 03 03 READER ENQUIRY 3 Professional Groundscare BTME 2017 Brushcutters The launch of our new quarterly supplement Page 9-21 Preview of BIGGA's event in Harrogate Page 19-21 A product round-up of the current machines Page 24-25 HLF's Head of Landscape and Natural Heritage, Drew Bennellick, has called for collaborative action to deliver new ways of funding and managing public parks to avert a crisis in the sector. He was giving evidence on behalf of HLF to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee as part of their enquiry into parks. Representatives from HLF, the National Trust, the Parks Alliance and other bodies from the parks sector joined for the session. The results of the enquiry will be released in early 2017. The Communities and Local Government Select Committee launched its inquiry into public parks in July 2016. In September, HLF published its second report into parks, State of the UK Public Parks 2016, which showed a growing deficit between the rising use of parks and the declining resources available to manage them. HLF and Big Lottery Fund have invested over £850million of TSP Media's expansion plans for its industry-leading title Landscape & Amenity Product Update are now in full swing as we enter 2017. The magazine's new, quarterly P r o f e s s i o n a l G r o u n d s c a r e supplement is launched in this issue, providing in-depth technical articles, product innovation and industry news for this vibrant sector. The supplement also includes a comprehensive preview for BTME 2017 in Harrogate. Professional Groundscare sits alongside the established Play & Activity Today quarterly supplement and the regular sector and machinery spotlights provided by respected writer Jane Carley. The new-look format is complemented by a fresh, creative Falkirk Community Trust manages some of the most attractive parks in central Scotland, one of which is The Helix with its landmark horse Major investment into LAPU Electric horsepower at The Helix National Lottery players' money into parks since 1996. The State of the UK Parks 2016 report shows that 57% of people use parks regularly and that use of parks is increasing. This figure is particularly high among young people and ethnic minorities. Through the Parks for People programme, HLF and Big Lottery Fund have invested over £850million of National Lottery new look for the magazine itself, with a redesigned front cover. D a v i d S t i l e s , P u b l i s h i n g Director for TSP Media, said: "Landscape & Amenity Product Update has been a leading title for 15 years and the investment we are making will cement its position as the must-read title for the industry." Alongside the new designs for the magazine, TSP Media has also invested in a dynamic new website that will incorporate both Landscape & Amenity Product Update and pH Professional Horticulture + Landscape Design. The website and magazine will also feature a brand new recruitment section. For more information visit www.tspmedia.co.uk sculptures, the Kelpies. Fitting ideally with the ethos of an outdoor recreational ecopark, one of the service vehicles chosen by the Falkirk Council players' money into parks since 1996. Of this, 80% has gone to areas outside London. However, HLF is not able to fund all 27,000 parks across the UK. Based on surveys of park managers, independent park trusts, park friends and user groups, and the general public, the findings show that while parks are highly valued by the public and usage is increasing, park maintenance budgets and staffing levels are being cut. Industry awaits outcome of inquiry into future of parks L a n d s c a p e & A m e n i t y w w w . l a n d s c a p e a n d a m e n i t y. c o m January 2017 Special Supplement Professional Groundscare "While new ways of working and generating income are showing potential, more support, shared learning and collaboration are needed to support those that manage parks," he said. "Research shows that there is no one model that is good for all parks; a 'blended finance' solution which is specific to each park is required to take into account the different facilities/ needs of each park." Park sector skills are under threat: there are not enough staff, and remaining staff do not have the correct horticulture skills to protect sufficient park quality. This is particularly crucial as the sector deals with and transitions to the new innovative models and structures they need to adopt in order to survive. HLF Enquiry 1 Build stewardship into your weed strategy Monsanto UK Ltd. 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The Polaris EV is used by the park's cleaners, park attendants and as a general runaround during the summer, becoming an adaptable 4x4 off-roader in the winter months, when it's working in the woodlands and off the normal paths. Symbolic of the sustainably enduring qualities the Helix stands for are the statuesque Kelpies, the Andy Scott sculptures of mythical water horses that reflect the heavy horses of industry and economy of the area, pulling wagons, ploughs, barges and coal ships that shaped its structural layout. Polaris Enquiry 2

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