Landscape & Amenity

July 2017

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Product News EMAIL: 03 03 READER ENQUIRY 5 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 July 2017 Special Feature Professional Groundscare supplement The Arboricultural Association recently completed a survey of UK tree officers to assess the impact that local authority funding constraints are having on the standard of tree care and the day-to-day ability of tree offi cers to fulfi l their roles. There is a critical need for specialist arboricultural expertise within local authorities. This is essential for the implementation of policies which protect and nurture trees, and covers areas such as planning, highway street trees, housing, parks and open spaces. Recent anecdotal evidence has suggested that the important role of the local authority tree offi cer is increasingly under threat from cuts to local government budgets. "One way or another all of us in arboriculture work with tree officers and yet their role is in danger of erosion," said a spokesman for the AA. "The tree offi cer role is diverse, but within the planning system, their Tree offi cer survey shows need for government action role is to scrutinise planning application submissions to a local authority in respect of trees and this will regularly include wider landscaping provisions. They also have a statutory duty to consider the making of tree preservation orders and administer the associated applications and Conservation Area notifi cations. "The role of tree officers is a technical and professional fi eld demanding highly specifi c knowledge and is not a function that can be readily undertaken by those not qualifi ed to the same degree. "There are instances where the role of professional tree offi cers has been discarded, but more frequently other responsibilities are being attached to the post, such that the offi cer is faced with a challenging confl ict of time apportionment. If the role of tree offi cers continues to be diluted it will take no imagination to realise that the spatial and environmental qualities of urban and rural landscapes will suffer. "Many take our national landscape for granted, but it is under increasing pressure. LAs have a pivotal responsibility and this can only be achieved effectively by dedicated and professional tree offi cers. "What is clear is that these issues need to be addressed at the highest levels for any action to be suffi ciently wide-reaching and effective. "The AA therefore intends to use the full fi ndings of the survey to inform its own strategy and to petition central and local government and associated organisations concerning the actual and potentially major negative consequences to our urban forest and the wider environment if the professional, impartial and essential expertise of tree offi cers continues to diminish." Arboricultural Association Enquiry 1 • There are 418 principal councils in the UK. Of the total 163 responses received from the survey, 83% of tree offi cers considered that the on- going austerity measures had adversely affected their ability to do their job well. • In terms of what was causing this negative impact, 72% felt that a combination of reduced The key fi ndings of the survey include: staff capacity, and reduced support functions such as administration and enforcement, had the greatest effect. • Tree officers were also concerned that reduced budgets for training and continued professional development (CPD) were having a detrimental effect on their ability to carry out their work effectively. The Landscape Institute's 2017 conference, titled Landscape as Infrastructure, was held at Manchester Metropolitan University last month. President Merrick Denton- Thompson introduced the conference with a rallying cry to the profession. "We need to think very carefully about how we connect with the public," he said. "What we really are after is a cultural shift. We are in a unique position at the interface between people and natural systems." He also talked about the fact that although the focus is often on urban areas, rural Britain is facing many of the largest problems, with loss of water and air quality and, in particular, problems with soils. Conference shows power of landscape profession "The biodiversity and mineralised content and restoration of our soils is of top importance," he said. "We are dealing with soils every day, but do we deal with the science and biodiversity of soils? "We are very good at fluffy feathery things, but not so good at doing something about actual science. Every commission for transforming landscape must ask, what is the biological quality and what can I do to improve it?" He added that the way for the profession to have infl uence is to show how it can shape signifi cant issues of today, such as childhood obesity and the health and care of the elderly. Landscape Institute Enquiry 3 Fairhaven in Lancashire has joined an elite group of sustainability-minded clubs. The Lytham St Anne's club has been awarded GEO certifi cation possessed by golf clubs in 40 countries. GEO certification acknowledges clubs that have done the most to promote sustainability at their course. Fairhaven achieves GEO certifi cate Fairhaven achieved GEO Certifi ed status via the OnCourse programme. James Hutchinson, BIGGA's sustainability executive, completed an ecological management plan for the club and said: "It was a pleasure to assist such an environmentally minded golf course through the OnCourse section and then on to the consequent GEO certifi cate." Fairhaven hosted an Open qualifying event during June and professional golf has been played there since 1934. Among the rare and protected species of fl ora found on the site are marsh helleborine, large fl owered hemp nettle and creeping willow. 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From 1st June – 30th September 2017 ONLY Best of British Street Furniture & Pedestrianisation Machinery, Plant & Vehicles World class UK companies Page 29-32 The Urban Landscape Page 9-10 A round-up of products and news Page 33-34 Leading manufacturers of street furniture, Furnitubes, designed and supplied 250 linear metres o f t i m b e r - t o p p e d s e a t i n g platforms for Dreamland, located in the seaside town of Margate, Kent. The historic amusement park recently underwent a multi-million pound redevelopment, including a main stage to host music events for up to 15,000 people. Amphitheatre-style seating for historic park Iroko timber platforms were added to various lengths of concrete blocks, forming an amphitheatre- style setting. It is proving to be a popular resting point for day-to-day visitors, as well as offering seating provision for the main stage. Furnitubes Enquiry 4

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