Landscape & Amenity

March 2020

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Green Roofs & Living Walls The drive for greater sustainability Page 12 Weed & Pest Control The latest solutions to the age-old problem Pages 13-16 Page 30 Machinery, Plant & Vehicles New products and case studies 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 March 2020 Special Feature Professional Groundscare supplement More than 100 clubs helped by emergency storm relief fund BALI and TPA announce new partnership for parks and green spaces More than 100 sports clubs and organisations have received grants from Sport England's emergency storm relief fund in just a week. Set up to help those affected by Storms Ciara and Dennis, the fund has seen grants from hundreds of pounds to £5,000 awarded to clubs and organisations across the country. Many are still unable to safely access their facilities in places like the Wye and Severn Valleys, but the fund – which awards National Lottery grants through the Community Asset Fund application portal – remains open, with a quick decision The Parks Alliance and British Association of Landscape Industries have announced a new partnership. BALI is the UK's leading trade association that represents all landscape professionals, from design, build and maintenance through to supply, training and education with landscape professionals based in all four nations of the UK. BALI aims to maintain and improve the standing of the landscape industry by providing its members with a strong collective voice and raise a greater awareness of the landscape industry's role in the creation of an improved environment. BALI shares TPA's mission to promote and protect the public parks we are proud to have at the heart of UK life and culture. As we move into 2020 environmental issues, including the future of our parks and green spaces, remains firmly on the political agenda reflecting their contribution to health and wellbeing, tackling climate change and bringing communities together. But both organisations know further work is needed to ensure investment flows into these important assets at the local level. TPA Chair Matthew Bradbury said: "We are very excited to have BALI on board. They have been a strong advocate for TPA over the last few years and share a commitment to our values and mission. "As a trade body they have a very strong commitment to highlighting the industry's role in protecting and improving the natural environment – a natural environment that is so important to the wellbeing of people and places across the UK." BALI Chief Executive Wayne Grills said the organisation was happy to support TPA. "Our members are hard at work creating, maintaining and improving parks and green spaces every day and realise how important they are to local communities and the wider environment," he added. process and access to cash for places in need. The Environment Agency considers 1 in 3 facilities in a number of sports to be at risk of flooding - compared to 1 in 6 for regular properties Playing fields and clubhouses are particularly vulnerable to flooding in England, because many of them are located on flood plains as a result of the cheaper, flatter land. Sport England's funding is often used for decontamination, skip hire, equipment replacement and access repair, and our executive director of property. Sport England John Deere's new premium XUV 865R Gator is the most comfortable model ever produced in the company's popular cross- over utility vehicle range. This 23hp diesel-powered model combines the established high performance of the XUV 865M with a wide range of additional operator friendly features, including a luxurious cab environment. Standard specification includes a continuously variable transmission with on-demand four-wheel drive, power steering, fully independent suspension and an attachment- ready electrical system. The quiet, fully equipped cab provides comfortable car-style seating for up to three people New Gator is the most comfortable ever when driving off-road, as well as easy-opening door handles, a fully opening windscreen and a proven, extremely efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. In addition, the cab features an attractive tan-coloured interior that has been ergonomically redesigned, with the easy-to-use automotive-style controls now conveniently located in the centre of the dash. The streamlined roof moves water to the outside edges, and both the high-level front and rear lights are set below the roof line for better protection. To complement the robust frame, the vehicle is equipped with four- wheel independent suspension. The versatile deluxe cargo box is made of a durable composite material that eliminates rust and dents and reduces noise. For extra versatility the new John Deere XUV 865R Gator utility vehicle can be fitted with a wide range of attachments from snow blades to winches, and features a large 42-litre fuel tank for longer running between fill-ups. John Deere "BALI shares TPA's mission t o p r o m o t e a n d p r o t e c t parks and the importance of continued investment into these vital natural assets. We look forward to working closely with TPA on these issues." BALI The new government has said it aims to level up the U K e c o n o m y , b o o s t i n g regional economic growth in the midlands and north, by investing £100 billion in infrastructure to improve the well-being of people living in poorer areas and narrow the productivity gap between England's regions. But the TPA is campaigning to ensure that infrastructure is not just about the roads, rails and waterways that connect our towns and cities. It wants greater recognition of the public realm in towns and cities that enables them to function, that makes them good places to live, work and do business. Importantly it's about the essential civic infrastructure in these places – the public spaces like parks that make these places attractive to people and provide the social spaces that enable communities to function. Robust steel edging and planters designed for high quality commercial and domestic projects. The professionals finish

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