Landscape & Amenity

March 2017

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Product News EMAIL: news@landscapeandamenity.com 03 03 READER ENQUIRY 4 Hard Landscaping & Aggregates Grass Seed & Wild Flowers Weed Control & Spraying A look at hard landscaping Page 14 Latest product round-up Page 15-16 Latest innovations and solutions Page 17 - 22 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 March 2017 Special Feature Jane Carley reviews ride-on mower market Over the last few months the Communities and Local Government Committee has been reviewing the future of Public Parks to examine the impact of reduced local authority budgets on these open spaces and consider concerns surrounding their future. The Inquiry Report warns that parks face a period of decline from their current tipping point with potentially severe consequences unless their vital contribution to areas such as public health, community integration and climate change mitigation is recognised. T h e R e p o r t h i g h l i g h t s considerable challenges including reduced council spending, and parks management budget cuts of up to 97 per cent, the need for parks to compete with other services for funding and planning policy not giving them enough Commons inquiry warns parks face period of decline weight, particularly as a result of pressures to increase housing supply. The Committee calls on councils to publish strategic plans, setting out how parks will be managed to promote healthy lifestyles, tackle social exclusion and manage flood risk. In total 379 organisations and individuals submitted evidence to the Inquiry. Fields in Trust Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, said welcomed the focus of the report and said: "As an advocate for parks, playing fields and recreation grounds Fields in Trust has been calling for just such a re-valuing of greenspace, to take account of the vital contribution they make to local communities. "Fields in Trust believe we should re-value our green spaces as a resource which contributes to public health, mental wellbeing and community cohesion, not simply viewing parks as a drain on council finances for upkeep and we welcome the Committee's recognition of that fact. "Now that this value is acknowledged it is important that local authorities are supported to ensure green spaces are protected from development and maintained for public recreation for future generations. "As the Housing White Paper has shown, there is pressure on land across the UK for housing and commercial development; existing planning legislation alone is not sufficient to prevent the loss of parks and playing fields. "Some landowners and local authorities have worked with Fields in Trust to independently secure their green spaces; ensuring accessible public recreational land is protected forever. Fields in Trust Letterform from Furnitubes International is a unique new range of cycle stands that introduces something very different to cycle parking, serving not just the practical role of locking cycles to, but also offering the opportunity of spelling out words in the external landscape of any site. A complete alphabet of letters has been created, allowing any word to be formed, which might be a simple statement of their function as cycle stands, a name to visually reinforce the identity Cycle security as simple as ABC of the site or establishment, or even to convey a message. All letters offer multiple locking points and are manufactured in heavy duty steel bar with a hardwearing polyamide coating, to provide secure, robust and durable cycle parking provision. Letterform cyclestands are offered with base plates for bolting down or extended roots for in-ground installation. Furnitubes Enquiry 2 T h e P e r e n n i a l S a n c t u a r y Garden at this summer's RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will raise awareness of the only charity dedicated to supporting everyone in the horticulture industry. Designed by Tom Massey, who won an RHS Gold Medal and 'Best Conceptual Garden' at Hampton Court last year with Perennial announces Sanctuary Garden for Hampton Court welcome the CLG Committee recommendation that councils should publish a strategy to demonstrate the value of parks - but without the protection of this land there is no guarantee that the contribution green spaces make to health and wellbeing can be sustained." Read more reaction to the inquiry report on page 5. Fields in Trust Enquiry 1 his first ever show garden, it is part of a new category at the show - 'Gardens for a Changing World'. The design takes a spiral form, with a changing colour palette of plants to symbolically represent the journey a Perennial client makes as they overcome difficulty with Perennial's help. People turn to Perennial for financial and emotional help when they are faced by challenges such as illness, injury, poverty, debt and old age and many describe the help Perennial offers simply as a 'lifeline'. Anita Bates, Director of Marketing and Development at Perennial comments: "Tom's design for the garden represents the difference Perennial makes to thousands of horticulturists each year, helping them move through tough times to safety. We are excited to be working with a great team of partners from across the industry to bring this garden together and showcase the best in British horticulture." The team behind the garden also includes multiple gold medal winning contractor Landform Consultants, as well as top British suppliers including nursery Hortus Loci and stone paving specialists London Stone. Perennial Enquiry 3 0800 915 6720 www.polaris-britain.com SAVE IN COMFORT 5% special discount for NFU members* *Ɨ Terms and Conditions apply. Please contact your local Polaris dealer for further details. Quoted prices are subject to VAT. Offers end 31st March 2017 Save up to £1,000 off the RRP of the world's best selling ATV From 1st February – 31st March 2017 ONLY Save over £500 on the comfort of a HALF CAB for the Mid-Size Ranger Half Cab for Mid-Size Ranger at promotional RRP of £499 ex VAT** **Includes fi xed glass windscreen, Pro-Fit sport roof, poly rear panel, wiper kit and battery connection kit. Excludes doors. Tip out windscreen upgrade available in place of fi xed windscreen for just £276 ex VAT. 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