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August 2017

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Hedge & Verge Mowing The latest product innovations Page 27-29 Compact Tractors The workhorses of the industry Page 26 Weed & Pest Control New solutions to old problems Page 21-25 Product News EMAIL: news@landscapeandamenity.com 03 03 READER ENQUIRY 4 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 August 2017 Special Feature Play & Activity supplement Parks and green spaces in UK towns and cities are in danger of falling further into neglect unless the Government shows leadership to safeguard their future, a coalition of park professionals and researchers has warned. In a call to action, they highlight the need for Ministers to work with the sector to develop a "sustainable parks policy" at a time when park budgets are under increasing strain. The call came at a national conference in Westminster organised by the University of Leeds on the future of the UK's parks. The event was a collaboration with The Parks Alliance, Historic England idverde, Groundwork and the university's Social Sciences Institute. At the moment, councils are under no legal obligation to maintain parks and, in times of squeezed spending, park budgets have been targeted for cutbacks. The coalition says although there is scope for local authorities to run parks in partnership with charities, residents' groups and private enterprise – the reality Both the Dennis G860 and the Dennis Premier play an integral role in maintaining Stoke City FC's bet365 Stadium pitch and training ground, according to grounds manager Andy Jackson. Andy oversees all of Stoke City FC's grounds maintenance – which includes the pitch at the bet365 Stadium and the multitude of facilities at the Clayton Wood training ground – and a team of 12 across both sites He has a fleet of Dennis mowers which sees four Premier's and three G860's based at the training ground, while the stadium has two G860's. "I feel that the Premier's do a very good job on the soil based pitches," he says. "We also use them on the Desso Grassmaster pitches if we need to firm them up T h e L a n d s c a p e I n s t i t u t e has welcomed the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment report, Building for BREXIT: inquiry into the impact of Brexit on future skill needs. Highlighting a skills shortage among the domestic workforce, the report calls for transitional arrangements to allow time to train a greater number of UK practitioners. Daniel Cook, Chief Executive of the Landscape Institute, commented: "Many EU citizens employed in landscape roles today make a major contribution to the UK economy. There are also many EU and other nations' students studying on Dennis mowers integral for Stoke City LI supports call to help 'Build on Brexit' is that many parks have to rely on council funding. Dr Anna Barker, from the University of Leeds' Future Prospects of Urban Parks project, said: "MPs reported earlier in the year that parks are at a tipping point. "There needs to be an urgent look at how parks can be put on a sustainable footing. "This is not something Government can fix on its own – but there needs to be leadership from Whitehall. One way of doing that is to establish a little bit - especially when we've been growing pitches in. We use the Premier in conjunction with the G860 and the two machines give us plenty of options." The G860 features an interchangeable cassette system. "We have the Verti-Cutter cassette and the Brush as well as the cutting cassette," says Andy. "We use the Verti-Cutter cassette at the stadium and at the training ground and use it quite intensively LI-accredited landscape courses operating in the UK. This is an important supply of new talent, upon which our sector is reliant." The LI is already working to meet the future skill needs of the profession by conducting a major cross-sector review into education and practice. But, Daniel added: "The LI would welcome assistance to create more apprenticeships, work to enhance digital skills across the landscape profession, and improve productivity through greater investment in skills and access to new technology." Landscape Institute Enquiry 3 a national agency which would work with park managers and the public to ensure the parks legacy is sustained for future generations." There are already signs that the quality of some parks is declining. An audit of the state of the nation's parks published by the Heritage Lottery Fund found a declining number of park managers who reported that their parks were in a good condition, from just under 60 per cent in 2014 to 53 per cent last year. in April, May and then again in September or October. "It's a very effective tool and I find that we get really good results from using it after a match. "The most important thing is that the players have a good surface to play on every week - that the pitch is cut at the right height and that it is nice and flat." Dennis Mowers Enquiry 2 Coalition of industry experts call for a sustainable park policy Parks are increasingly being seen as important places for health and wellbeing. Dr Barker, said: "Parks and green spaces are much valued c o m m u n i t y r e s o u r c e s b u t they are under considerable f i n a n c i a l p r e s s u r e . P a r k managers have being doing more with less – but there is a limit to how far that approach can go. "Since the Victorian era, parks have provided beneficial spaces set apart from the surrounding, rapidly developing city. "Interestingly, people still hold quite positive expectations for the future of parks that they are going to be there long term and free to access." 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