Landscape & Amenity

June 2019

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Product News Latest product news and case studies Pages 10-12 Two & Four Wheeled Tractors Jane Carley takes a look at the latest machinery Pages 18-21 Pages 22-24 Sweepers, Collectors, Blowers & Vacs New machines 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 June 2019 Special Feature Play & Activity Supplement A major survey investigating the future skills needs within UK ornamental horticulture is nearing completion, providing insight about the potential training and resource gaps for the £24bn sector. The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), a key stakeholder of the Ornamental Horticulture Sector group who commissioned the study, continues to promote the survey to its extensive m e m b e r s h i p n e t w o r k , providing some of the UK's leading landscape companies with a voice on the current skills crisis. B A L I ' s C h i e f E x e c u t i v e Wayne Grills said: "Results from this survey will help equip the sector with real-time knowledge of the issue, in turn, informing a skills strategy which will be tailored to the industry's needs which will go a long way in securing vital funding and resource." According to a recent report by Oxford Economics, the UK Ornamental sector supported 568,700 jobs in 2017, amounting to 1.6% of total UK employment. "The Ornamental sector is a vital driver for the UK's economy, particularly the landscape services industry which generated £11.6bn, almost 50% of the total £24bn value, in 2017," continued Mr Grills. "This study will allow us to compare findings from the initial economic report to see just how underfunded and potentially under- equipped we are as an industry. "The results from this survey will also equip us with the necessary data to take to Government where BALI will be looking for action." Pye Tait Consulting, who has been commissioned by the group to carry out the research, has been tasked with contacting a minimum of 1,000 UK-based businesses. The 2019 survey is seeking the views of those working in and across the ornamental horticulture sub-sectors, including landscape design and maintenance services. Pesticide product gets emergency authorisation The emergency authorisation for the use of the Syngenta insecticide, Acelepryn, for the control of chafer grubs and leatherjacket has been reapproved for the 2019 season following a request from ICL on behalf of the wider industry. Chafer grubs and leatherjackets cause damage to turf through extensive feeding on roots, w h i c h c a n b e s e v e r e i n localised patches. Furthermore, extreme damage can occur when badgers, birds and other foragers root through turf in search of the grubs. Anne Clark, Director of HR & Learning at the HTA said: "This is a unique and vital opportunity to gain a detailed insight into the labour force within the UK Ornamental Horticulture sector. "It will enable the industry to review any skills gaps, provide future proofing and equip the industry to secure relevant funding to make changes happen." BALI GreenMech unveils the Evo 165 Major survey seeks to understand the industry's skills gap GreenMech has introduced its much-anticipated revolutionary new woodchipper series, the EVO 165. The EVO 165 combines a wealth of new features, together with some of GreenMech's proven innovations which have seen their chippers become the preferred choice with many industry professionals. Its wide infeed chute, together with twin horizontal rollers and GreenMech's 'No-Stress' control system mean the Evo 165 efficiently grips timber and brash and controls its lateral movement to provide maximum bite and unparalleled processing power via its new, heavy-duty flywheel and re- flowed exit chute. Optimised outputs from a diesel or petrol engine option provide usable power that matches budget with operational needs, alongside maximum fuel efficiency and compliance with Stage V Emission requirements. The EVO is the quietest machine GreenMech have produced to date, beneficial for both operators and neighbours alike. GreenMech "Since the withdrawal of effective insecticides, economic damage from chafer grubs and leatherjackets has been of major concern," reported ICL technical manager, Henry Bechelet. The emergency authorisation permits Acelepryn use in situations where there is an acknowledged instance of economic damage, or risk of bird strike on airfields, and where the product has been recommended by a BASIS qualified agronomist. ICL Robust steel edging and planters designed for high quality commercial and domestic projects. The professionals finish

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