Landscape & Amenity

March 2019

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Street Furniture & Pedestrianisation A look at the urban environment Page 8 Weed & Pest Control The latest solutions to tackling problems Pages 12-14 Page 29-30 Machinery, Plant & Vehicles Innovative new launches & case studies Product News EMAIL: 03 03 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 2019 Special Feature Professional Groundscare supplement The Parks Alliance has given a cautious welcome to the Government's announcement that councils across the country are to benefit from more than £13 million of new funding for parks and green spaces. A total of £9.7 million of the money is to be used to cover maintenance costs to essential playground repairs and the creation of new green spaces, and an additional £2.75 million for the pocket parks plus programme to support communities to get more involved in their local parks. A further £1.2 million has been provided to the National Trust and The National Lottery Heritage Fund's Future Parks Accelerator initiative to test new and innovative approaches to managing and funding parks in the future. Matthew Bradbury, chairman of The Parks Alliance, said: "After all the hard work of all those working for parks, let's hope it leads to long term commitment to support parks with the funding they so deserve." Pressure group calls for a new type of leadership for parks Meanwhile the work of the Parks Action Group carries on in devising and implementing Parks policy in response the 2017 Select Committee Inquiry into Public Parks. TPA is working closely with key interests in the Parks sector and across government to prepare a Business Case for Parks that will set out the social, economic and environmental returns that can be secured for local communities, government and the private sector from continued investment into our much loved parks and green spaces. But the TPA has also pointed to a previous announcement - the creation of the Government's new Integrated Communities Action Plan - as potentially more significant than the funding. The Action Plan contains a range of commitments from government to support c o m m u n i t y i n t e g r a t i o n including boosting the capacity of local leadership, measures to support new migrants and local people and improving the places where they can meet, mix and share experiences. The last point recognises the long held view that good parks can play a crucial role in building successful and cohesive communities. TPA points out that parks are a key social asset like community centres and libraries that provide public spaces that people, from all different backgrounds, use creating the thousands of small interactions that lead to positive bonds of understanding and mutual respect. In this way Parks play a key role in building social capital- the glue that holds communities together. "So there is an important place for parks in the likely future place based approaches to tackling the problems of the UK's left behind communities," added a TPA spokesman. "But there is also an important Green is the new black Makita launches more cordless professional chainsaws Makita chainsaws are renowned amongst forestry professionals for power, performance, reliability and great value. The new Makita DUC355Z and DUC405Z twin 18V Brushless LXT Chainsaws supply energy to the powerful 36V DC motor drive system inherent in these models. Combining the power and market- leading features that the industry has asked for, these new chainsaws are expected to be well received. Compact and lightweight, these rear-handled chainsaws, with bar lengths of 35cm and 40cm respectively, can utilise twin Makita 18V Lithium-Ion batteries that generate a 1100 watt output to run the 3/8th inch chain over the 35cm and 40cm bars at up to 20 metres per second. This exceeds the performance of Makita's mains powered machines. The Brushless motor ensures longer runtime, substantially greater power and overall lower maintenance. The HTA has announced a one-day event 'Sustainability Matters' which will take place at Horticulture House in Oxfordshire on Tuesday 30 April 2019. This new event will explore topical issues around sustainability for the garden industry including plastics, recycling, responsible sourcing, environmental policies and promoting local. Following the airing of David Attenborough's Blue Planet programme interest in environmental issues has increased amongst consumers. 95% of people in the UK think that the environment is important to them personally, with climate change, air pollution and growing amounts of waste being the key areas of concern. HTA challenge. In these places someone needs to champion parks. There needs to be a new kind of leadership in the parks sector that can navigate the complex place based partnerships and present the business case for parks, a case built on data and evidence that demonstrates the social, economic and environmental returns that can be achieved by investing in good quality parks and green spaces to help revitalise communities." Parks Alliance Recognised as an industry benchmark these new models feature the main power switch with the Auto power-off function making them ultra-safe in use. This function automatically turns the machine off, to protect the operator from unintentional start up should the switch trigger not be pulled for a period of a few seconds after the main power switch has been turned off. Weighing 4.8kg, without batteries, these cordless machines feature a variable speed control trigger, electric chain brake, kick-back chain brake and battery protection circuit. 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