Landscape & Amenity

December 2020

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Product News EMAIL: news@landscapeandamenity.com 1 Product News The latest innovations and case studies Page 6 Hedge & Verge Mowers Jane Carley puts a spotlight on the product sector Pages 10-11 Pages 12-13 Winter Maintenance The solutions you need to cope with any weather 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 December 2020 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! LGA warns COVID-19 has devastated council park services Parks proved to be a lifeline for local communities during the COVID-19 crisis but the pandemic has had a devastating impact on councils' park services, the Local Government Association has warned. A series of case studies, co- funded by the LGA and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, shows that as much as 87 per Husqvarna is launching what it calls a game changing robotic solution for commercial turf care management. The new Husqvarna CEORA platform is a revolutionary autonomous turf care solution for grass areas of up to 50,000m 2 . The high performing, low noise and zero emission Husqvarna CEORA mows autonomously a n d s y s t e m a t i c a l l y w i t h i n virtual boundaries. With Husqvarna CEORA, public and commercial landowners, sports field managers and golf course owners can automate lawnmowing, allowing staff to be redeployed to focus on more value adding tasks. Husqvarna aiming to transform commercial turf care cent of external parks and green spaces income is forecast to be lost due to the coronavirus. Although almost all parks were able to remain open during the first lockdown, key sources of external income were forced to close, and many have been unable to return to their normal operations, including cafes, sports pitches and visitor attractions. D e s p i t e m a n y f a c i l i t i e s reopening, it is anticipated that there will be a continued loss of income due to the need to employ more staff or reduce visitor numbers in order to comply with social distancing guidelines, and many council parks services have incurred additional operating costs relating to signage, Personal Protective Equipment and enhanced cleaning. As well as income generators, the pandemic has resulted in the temporary cessation of volunteering and the loss of in-kind volunteer contribution to parks services ranging from £12,000 to £1.56 million across the case studies. With the Government investing £2 billion in active travel, it is crucial that parks and green spaces are fully connected to these plans to maximise their potential to encourage physical activity and improving mental wellbeing. Parks can play a key role in the national COVID-19 recovery and that is why the LGA is calling on the Government to confirm that they are included in the new Levelling Up and UK Shared Prosperity Funds, to enable councils to invest in new parks facilities, pitches and green spaces to reduce obesity; ensure a healthier, more active nation; and reduce our carbon footprint. Local Government Association Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA's Culture, Tourism and Sport Board said: "Parks have always been an important part of our communities, but the COVID- 19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions highlighted how essential they are in maintaining our physical and mental wellbeing. "It is easy to forget that parks are more than green space and contain a wealth of income generators, many of which have been impacted by the coronavirus and will continue to feel the effects for years to come. "The list of benefits, not just to people but wildlife, fauna and air quality, cannot be overstated. It is crucial that the Government ensures our beautiful parks receive investment for preservation and enhancement." Utilising the cutting-edge Husqvarna EPOS technology with a high-precision satellite navigation system that delivers an accuracy of 2-3 centimetres, Green space charity Fields in Trust is collaborating with parkrun to celebrate the wellbeing benefits that the UKs parks and green spaces have delivered during the coronavirus crisis. The joint campaign invites park users to share stories of how important green spaces have been as places to exercise, relax, reflect and as a safe place to meet loved ones and connect with our friends and our neighbours. T h e # n o t j u s t c a m p a i g n identifies the different ways communities engage with outdoor spaces. A local green Fields in Trust and parkrun celebrate parks space is #notjust a park, it has so many more intangible benefits, emotions and memories that contribute to our physical health, mental wellbeing and community contacts. Park users are invited to celebrate their local green spaces by recording video clips or taking photographs celebrating what their local park means to them and their families and sharing the stories on the campaign website www.fieldsintrust.org/notjust and social media using the #notjust hashtag. Fields in Trust the new Husqvarna CEORA gives the user a new level of flexibility and performance. Husqvarana PROTECT PROTECT your assets Steelway Protect offer a range of asset protection solutions for the landscaping industry • Provide optimum security. • Easy and fast installation. 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