Landscape & Amenity

August 2019

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Fencing & Security The latest products and case studies Pages 12-13 Ride-on Mowers Spotlight on the popular groundscare machines Pages 19-23 Pages 24-27 Hedge & Verge Mowers How technology is changing the sector Product News EMAIL: news@landscapeandamenity.com 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 August 2019 Special Feature Play & Activity Supplement New research by Keep Britain Tidy has found only 32% of the population are getting their '20-minutes-a-day' to give them the two-hour-a- week minimum 'dose' of time recently recommended by researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School as the crucial amount of time to spend in nature to help improve mental wellbeing. The extensive study of 2,000 adults found that 85% of people experience a positive effect on their mental state after spending time outside in a green space. Despite this, 8% of us have not visited a green space in the past month and a further 7% can't remember the last time they did, even though more than half (53%) of us live within a mile of our local park. This news comes as a record number of parks and green spaces - 1,970 in total - are awarded a Green Flag, the international quality mark for parks and green spaces. The Green Flag Award is a sign of a well-managed, clean and safe park, as the same research reveals that parks being clean and well managed is one of the most important qualities people look for – as well as it being nearby to where they live. More than three quarters (77%) of people say they would actively avoid a park if it was poorly maintained or felt unsafe, showing the importance of schemes such as the Green Flag Award to set the quality standard. Keep Britain Tidy's Chief Executive Allison Ogden- N e w t o n s a i d : " W e h a v e awarded more Green Flags to parks and green spaces this year than ever before, which means beautiful, well-managed and peaceful spaces are accessible to more people than ever. But our message is use it or lose it. "Not only does visiting your local park boost your mental health but your visit supports the Herculean effort made by local authorities to provide world-class parks and that has never been harder to do. "With around 27,000 parks and greenspaces across England alone Green Flag standard parks are still the exception but the number of awards given out this year is a testament to the hard work and innovation displayed by many local authorities. Indeed, Keep Britain Tidy wants to see many more meet INFINICUT launch new SM34 rotary mower At the first in a series of launch events, groundsmen and greenkeepers were invited to Tottenham Hotspur FC's training facility to see the new INFINICUT SM34 Rotary Mower. Using the very latest design technology, MTD design engineers have produced a machine that has unsurpassed rotary cut quality to ensure the best possible results regardless of turf conditions. The SM34 follows the same design philosophy as the rest of the INFINICUT range, offering best in class performance with an emphasis on a modern, clean power source. It takes its mode of traction from the INFINICUT reel mower, Record number of Green Flag Awards Public not getting daily dose of green space A total of 1,970 parks and green spaces have received the prestigious Green Flag Award. The international Award, now in its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has good visitor facilities. P a r k s a n d g r e e n s p a c e s receiving the Award this year include first time winner Venetian Waterways managed by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Worden Park managed by South Ribble Borough Council that has won the Award every year since the scheme made its first Awards in 1997. T h e G r e e n F l a g A w a r d scheme r eached a r ecor d breaking 2,096 accredited parks and green spaces across 14 countries and spanning 4 continents - more than any o t h e r p a r k s a c c r e d i t a t i o n scheme in the world. Green Flag Awards renowned for its durability, paired with a deck designed on the back of MTD's considerable years of rotary experience. By utilizing expensive stamp tooling, users can be confident that airflow is optimal when compared to other fabricated decks. The culmination is a machine that ensures 'fit-for- purpose' application, but also necessary safety compliance that comes with rotary decks. Cub Cadet the Green Flag Award standards creating a national network of quality parks and green spaces on people's doorsteps, inspiring more of us to get our '20 a day'. "If you want to boost your wellbeing even more, you could take it one step further and get involved in your local park by joining its friends' group. "Being part of a community goal, while spending time outside, can give a real sense of pride and positivity. "We've seen it with many of our volunteer groups over the years." Keep Britain Tidy 07557 154300 07881 013044 TO GET YOUR WORK DONE IT'S GOT TO BE KIOTI! 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