Landscape & Amenity

May 2017

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Product News EMAIL: news@landscapeandamenity.com 03 03 READER ENQUIRY 4 Green Roofs and Living Walls Brushcutters ATV, UTV and Work Trucks Special product spotlight Page 14-15 A look at the latest tools available Page 27-30 The workhorses of the industry Page 31-33 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 May 2017 Special Feature Play & Activity Research undertaken by the Association of Play Industries has uncovered the extent to which local authorities across the country have been closing children's playgrounds. This new research revealed that between 2014/15 and 2015/16 local authorities across England closed 214 children's playgrounds, and when asked about future plans they admitted their aim to close a further 234. These closures come at a time when childhood obesity and wellbeing are high on the Government's agenda. New research shows hundreds of playgrounds set to close The PLANTWORX Construction Machinery Exhibition returns to Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, Leicestershire, from June 6-8 2017. The UK's Largest Working C o n s t r u c t i o n E q u i p m e n t Show, hosted by the CEA ( C o n s t r u c t i o n E q u i p m e n t Association), will be the biggest event to date where visitors can expect to see the very latest in construction machinery and equipment innovation. Over 375 exhibitors commit to PLANTWORX 2017 Every area of the construction machinery sector will be represented at the show including e a r t h m o v i n g m a c h i n e r y , lifting and access equipment, compaction kit, tools, rammers and hammers, compressors, attachments and much more. Visitor registration is now open and it's free. A preview of Plantworx 2017 can be found on pages 24-26. PLANTWORX Enquiry 2 Commenting Mark Hardy, Chairman of the API said: "With increasing childhood obesity and the health benefi ts of activity and play well known, now is not the time for community playgrounds to be closing. "This action goes against the Government's clear intention to get children more active and needs to be stopped as quickly as possible. Our survey revealed a 37% cut in Government funding to local authorities." The report, 'Nowhere to Play', shows that £100 million could reverse the decline and get us back on track to increase the number of playgrounds available to children across the country. The API says it is realistic in realising in this period of austerity that direct government support may simply not be available and therefore urge government to support reinstatement of funding from the Big Lottery. "We know that money is tight for councils across the country, but we can't just stand by and watch as children's playgrounds close," added Mark Hardy. "We are calling on the Government to halt this decline and invest in the next wave of playgrounds to ensure our children have access to free play and activity." Further information on the report can be found in our Play & Activity supplement this month. API Enquiry 1 A Freedom of Information Act request to all councils, carried out by the Association of Play Industries, revealed the following number of playground closures: • 2014/15: 112 • 2015/16: 102 The request also asked for future plans to close playgrounds and revealed the following number of p l a y g r o u n d s e a r m a r k e d for closure: • 2016/17: 80 • 2017/18: 103 • 2018/19: 51 Figures for 2017/18 and 2018/19 do not include information from over a third of councils questioned as they had yet to make plans for this time. Teams from across the industry are training hard in preparation for Perennial's #PlayThePitch football tournament, sponsored by ICL, at Leicester City FC King Power Stadium on May 23. As offi cial media partner for the event, LAPU will be Team LAPU ready to #PlayThePitch reporting live on the day via our Twitter feed as teams go head to head for glory. All proceeds will help Perennial support colleagues from all sectors of our profession with free and confi dential help and advice. Visit hortaid.org.uk to join the campaign and help Perennial change lives. See page 8 for more information Perennial Enquiry 3

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