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October 2017

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SALTEX 2017 Full preview for the NEC Birmingham event. Page 17-37 Water Management Irrigation and drainage round-up. Page 15-16 Inside Knowledge Andy Wood, Course Manager at Enville Golf Club. Page 38 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 October 2017 Special Feature Focus on Artificial Surfaces Machinery, Plant & Vehicles What's new in the industry. Page 41-42 A new Parks Action Group to help England's public parks and green spaces meet the needs of communities now and in the future. The new Parks Action Group will include experts from the world of horticulture, leisure, heritage and tourism, and will be tasked with bringing forward proposals to address some of the issues faced by public parks and other green spaces across England. To support them, government is providing £500,000 funding to kick start their work. The action group will propose what steps can be taken in line with the government response to the recent House of Common's C o m m u n i t i e s a n d L o c a l Government Select Committee report into the future of parks and green spaces. The move has won widespread industry backing. Helen Griffiths, chief executive Fields in Trust called it a "pivotal moment" for the future of parks and green spaces. " O u r o n g o i n g r e s e a r c h recognises how these spaces The SALTEX 2017 free education programme is set to inspire visitors at the NEC on 1 and 2 November. With the full Learning LIVE programme set to be revealed in the coming weeks, the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has released a few teaser seminars. The programme looks set to provide limitless opportunities and inspire and educate visitors from a wide range of sectors within the turfcare industry. Now in its third year, SALTEX's f r e e - t o - a t t e n d e d u c a t i o n programme has gone from strength to strength. For 2017, the programme will follow the same successful format developed over Progreen – national suppliers of agrochemicals, fertilisers, seeds, application equipment and training have recently confirmed they are expanding their fertiliser training program further to include the FACTS Certification (Turf) Course for Golf and Sports Turf starting in January 2018. This course follows on from the success of other BASIS courses that they have run in the past including the BASIS Amenity Course (Invasive and Injurious Weeds). Louise Boothman, Business Manager for Progreen said: "The (BASIS) FACTS Course for Sports Turf sits naturally with Progreen not only as suppliers of Learning LIVE signals opportunity at SALTEX 2017 Progreen launches FACTS Golf and Sports Turf Course help to address significant public policy issues including health and wellbeing and community integration," she said. "We are looking forward to furthering our work with colleagues across the sector to ensure that we value parks and green spaces and take account of the vital contribution they make to local communities." Groundwork said making sure that all communities and all sections of society are able to enjoy the benefits of good green spaces is vital. "Joining a local group can help young people develop their skills and older people overcome loneliness," explained Graham Duxbury, chief executive. " W e l l m a n a g e d g r e e n spaces can also help whole neighbourhoods cope with the costly impacts of climate change. We look forward to helping the action group unlock more practical support so that local communities and local authorities can maximise these social and economic benefits." the past two years situated within four purpose-built seminar theatres on the show floor with state-of-the-art sound systems and screens. Within the theatres a number of influential speakers will be fertilisers, but also because we feel that training and education within our industry is a priority at all levels and that we need to support this." The Golf and Sports Turf fertiliser course is a professionally r e c o g n i s e d q u a l i f i c a t i o n developed by BASIS and aimed at experienced advisors and producers of sports turf. It aims to develop understanding of the requirements of sports turf, the effects of fertilizers (organic and non-organic) as well as the environmental issues around turf nutrient planning. Progreen Enquiry 3 The Parks Alliance, which was heavily involved in lobbying for an inquiry into the future of our parks, said cross governmental and sector support would vitally important to the success of the new action group. Matthew Bradbury, Parks Alliance's chief executive said: "The Parks Alliance is very much looking forward to working with the Minister, Government and the wider sector to secure the future of public parks for the communities that they serve." Fields In Trust Enquiry 1 on hand to provide updates and key advice. There is a full preview of the programme and the SALTEX 2017 exhibition in this issue. IOG Enquiry 2 New action group could be the pivotal moment for future of public parks Launching the Parks Action Group, the Parks and Green Spaces Minister Marcus Jones said the Government recognised the value of parks and green spaces to local communities. He said such sites were crucial in helping to health and wellbeing, as well revitalising town and city centres. "But we need to do more to make sure future generations are continuing to enjoy their benefits," he added. "That is why we have announced a new expert-led Parks Action Group to work closely with the sector to find the right solutions." The members of the Parks Action Group are: • Drew Bennellick, Head of Landscape & Natural Heritage UK, Heritage Lottery Fund • Matthew Bradbury, CEO, Parks Alliance • Graham Duxbury, CEO, Groundwork • Helen Griffiths, CEO, Fields In Trust • Ian Leete, Senior Advisor on Culture, Tourism and Sport, Local Government Association • Dave Morris, Chair, National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces • Paul O'Brien, CEO, Association of Public Service Excellence • Ellie Robinson, Assistant Director, National Trust • Dave Solly, Natural England Bring a touch of class to every surface www.dennisuk.com www.sisis.com World class turf maintenance equipment For more information on our full range of grounds maintenance equipment or a no obligation demonstration call 01332 824777 class to every surface 01332 824777 Comby 80x277_LAPU 03.indd 2 12/03/2012 10:59

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