Landscape & Amenity

May 2019

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Workwear & Protective Clothing Getting the right gear Page 12 ATVs, UTVs & Worktrucks Spotlight on new vehicles Page 25 Page 26 Machinery, Plant & Vehicles Latest news and 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 May 2019 Special Feature Professional Groundscare supplement The Landscape Institute (LI) has published a new plant health and biosecurity toolkit for landscape consultants to prioritise action against pests and diseases that threaten our crops, trees, gardens and landscapes in every part of the plant supply chain. This new resource is launched in partnership with the Society of Garden Designers (SGD), the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) and the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) to embed biosecurity best practice in every stage of a project, from landscape assessment through to management. Plant pests and diseases are a normal characteristic of the environment and usually exist in equilibrium with their hosts, which naturally limit their spread. At a landscape scale, some pests and diseases can be even be beneficial in terms of habitat creation and the carbon cycle. These new pests and diseases have economic, social and environmental impacts and the role of landscape consultants is critical in managing this problem, exacerbated by the greater globalisation of trade and the effects of climate change. Landscape architects, garden designers and contractors all specify plants and materials in their work. This biosecurity toolkit defines the processes to be adopted, while promoting best practice across the industry and setting out clear guidance for each stage of a project. One important practical feature of the toolkit is the species selection guide - an A to Z list of the 90 most common genera encountered by landscape professionals that sets out the risks from pests and diseases and the actions to take to mitigate them. Adam White, President of the Landscape Institute said: "Many associations individually provide guidance on biosecurity, but their advice largely focuses on foresters, nurseries and contractors. As a professional body, we are keen to see better skills and standards developed. "This toolkit should align well with the Plant Health Management Standard which focuses on risk throughout the ornamental and amenity plant supply chain. Nearly 200 pocket parks will help transform the nation Landscape Institute launches biosecurity toolkit Over 40 unloved, neglected or derelict urban spaces across the country will be transformed into new green spaces for the whole community to use, Parks and Green Spaces Minister Rishi Sunak MP has confirmed. In addition, through the £3.75 Pocket Parks Plus programme over 150 community-led groups from Alton in Hampshire to Widnes in Cumbria will receive funding to help bring parks that have fallen into disrepair back into use. Parks and Green Spaces Minister Rishi Sunak MP said: "Parks and green spaces – no matter what size – are huge assets to our towns and It is really important at a time when our climates are changing that designers really think about the plants, where they are coming from and how we can protect them from any further disease. "It is fantastic to be launching this guide as part of a wider industry partnership." The institute will introduce the toolkit to delegates at its biosecurity CPD day at Kew Gardens on Friday 14 June. Landscape Institute Marshalls retain Superbrand status for 10th consecutive year Marshalls plc has announced that it has been awarded Business Superbrand status for the 10th consecutive year. The Business Superbrands survey has been tracking the perception of a wide-range of business brands in the UK since 2001. This year's survey evaluated just shy of 1,600 brands across 63 categories. Only the most highly regarded brands from each category are awarded Superbrand status. Marshalls has been supplying superior natural stone and innovative concrete products to the construction, home improvement and landscape markets since the 1890s, including prestigious landmarks such as Trafalgar Square. Chris Harrop, Marshalls Group Marketing Director, said: "A decade as a Superbrand is a fantastic achievement for Marshalls; our brand is one of our biggest assets and a lot of work goes in to make sure it remains synonymous with quality, innovation and trust. "We are delighted to be named as a 2019 Superbrand, and it is testament to the hard work and commitment from our 2,500 strong workforce. We are thrilled to have been awarded this accolade for the tenth consecutive year, and would like to thank all those who voted." Marshalls cities and offer us all opportunities to relax, socialise, exercise and play. "From grabbing a quick break from the pressures of everyday life, to walking the dog, parks offer a place to get close to nature, engage with their communities and can help people overcome social isolation. "From the creation of valuable new green spots to the day-to- day upkeep of public places, the Pocket Parks Plus Programme gives local leaders and their communities the means to better maintain, protect and enhance their treasured green spaces." Parks Alliance 01473 328272 • A HUGE Trailer Selection Turf Care Systems Petrol & Electric Waterers Sprayers Artificial Surfaces Estate Waterers 2019.04.01 LAPU_LAPU Strip 15/04/2019 11:36 Page 1

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