Landscape & Amenity

October 2020

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Hard & Soft Landscaping The latest products & developments Page 8 Water Management Solutions for groundscare & landscaping Page 10 Page 23 ATVs, UTVs & Work Trucks Spotlight on the new vehicles available 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 October 2020 Special Supplement Professional Groundscare LI launches new policy paper on a green recovery from COVID-19 The economic and social recovery from COVID-19 must be green, argues a new policy paper from the Landscape Institute (LI). Building on the public stimulus announcements made in July 2020 and ahead of the Autumn Statement, the LI urges the UK Government to seize a 'once-in-a generation chance' to invest for a truly green recovery. In its new report, Greener R e c o v e r y : D e l i v e r i n g a sustainable recovery from COVID-19, the Institute describes what role the landscape sector can play in contributing towards a sustainable economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and what more the government needs to do to enable this. The improvement in local environmental conditions was an unexpected benefit of the COVID-19 lockdown. Improved air quality in big cities, cleaner water and beaches, better prospects for local wildlife and more are all significant gains that many want to preserve in the aftermath of the crisis. Historically, national responses to recessions tend to focus on short-term economic growth at the expense of longer-term economic and environmental sustainability. Twelve years on from the 2008 recession, the UK is once again investing in economic stimulus. The idea of a 'green recovery' has received overwhelming public and industry support. But it is not just a slogan. A business-as-usual response, led by capital investment in grey infrastructure construction, will not suffice. A green recovery means leading with green infrastructure. The new LI paper outlines five principles to guide Government action in advance of its Autumn Statement. To achieve a truly sustainable recovery, the UK should: 1. Take a natural capital a p p r o a c h t o n e w infrastructure and housing 2. Invest in maintenance and retrofit of existing places 3. Set higher and fairer standards for green space From the launch of Rigby Taylor's first robotic line marker, the company has lead the industry in this sector of robotic revolution – and as long as there are pitches to mark, we will continue to advance this technology. The TinyLineMarker (TLM) SPORT is the smart investment for training grounds, sports clubs, schools and district/borough councils. Using the latest robotic technology and GPS/RTK connectivity, the TLM SPORT is completely autonomous. It uses innovative and intelligent technologies to deliver highly accurate, initial and over-marking for a wide range of sports plus Introducing the TinyLineMarker SPORT 4. Invest in natural solutions to climate change 5. Create a step-change in green skills, digital, and data During the COVID-19 lockdown, parks and green spaces provided a lifeline for millions. Rightly championed as crucial assets to maintaining people's physical and mental health, they became a vital part of the national response to the pandemic. But they need support. The LI and The Parks Alliance (TPA) are coming together as organisations. Recognising the huge potential of urban green space, we have brought together more than 40 partner organisations and leading practitioners to create the new Parks and Green Space Network. The new Network will support parks leaders to provide a stronger and clearer voice for parks in the UK. Landscape Institute Greenwich Ecology Park and Southern Park were the big winners at the annual 2020 Land Trust awards as the site picked up the prestigious Site of the Year award for the second time. The Land Trust manages the sites in partnership with The C o n s e r v a t i o n V o l u n t e e r s (TCV) and they have become a green oasis in the midst of busy London life, which has become highly valued by the local community. There were 11 categories in total with Joanne Smith also picking up Ranger of the Year for her work at Greenwich and Southern Park. Winners of Land Trust Awards 2020 revealed Joanne shared this award with Bruce Bell, who was recognised for his efforts at Merlin Park and Shirebrook. The Land Trust Awards recognise the dedication and achievements of the Managing Partners and volunteers who work with the Trust on its portfolio of parks and green spaces across the UK. The Land Trust letters, numbers and parking and event grids. 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