Landscape & Amenity

May 2022

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Pages 3-5 Hard & Soft Landscaping Putting a focus on the urban environment Pages 10-11 ATVs, UTVs & Work Trucks The versatile vehicles for all tasks Page 26 Industry News The latest news & opinions 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 May 2022 READER ENQUIRY 4 Special Feature Professional Groundscare Supplement Care for your grass in multiple ways, all in one cost-effective machine. British equipment suited to all budgets and pitch sizes. Contact us today for a free 80 page bro chure 01473 328272 • .LAPU Banner 4GCS_LAPU Strip 19/08/2019 11:23 Page 1 The Landscape Institute has launched its Landscape Skills and Workforce Survey, a new major piece of research which will provide new insights into the economic structures and makeup of the landscape industry. Metro Dynamics have been appointed to support on the delivery of the survey. Working alongside partners British Association of Landscape Industries, Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland, Locri, Natural England, Natural Resource Wales, NatureScot, and the Northern Ireland Department for Communities, this pivotal project will produce a rich and informative evidence base, covering the landscape Organisers of SALTEX are looking for the best speakers in the grounds management industry to showcase their knowledge at the show, which will take place at the NEC, Birmingham on 2 and 3 November 2022. Learning LIVE, SALTEX's all-encompassing education programme, provides advice, insight and real solutions to the biggest issues that the grounds management industry cares about most. Organisers aim for the seminar programme at SALTEX to be engaging, informative and educational for attendees. Each proposal will be evaluated and those that most closely match the needs of the attendees will be selected. SALTEX Enquiry 2 A new report from Groundwork sets out how investment in green skills and green job creation will not only help achieve the UK's net zero ambitions but can also be the stimulus for building pride of place and tackling long- term unemployment. Sector unites for major research Learning LIVE 2022 – call for papers Report calls for green jobs to be more accessible and achievable The 'Growing Green Careers' report makes the case for supporting more entry-level pathways into green jobs across multiple sectors – from energy generation to nature recovery – as well as embracing the notion that every job 'has to be a green job' if we are ever going to future-proof the economy and the environment. The charity has put forward recommendations to sectors w i t h t h e t h a t h a v e t h e opportunity to influence and inspire the necessary change needed, including central and local government and employment and education bodies, to make green jobs both a viable and vital option. The report refl ects on the fact that the environmental sector is one of the least diverse in the economy and calls on employers to diversify their workforce, both to access a wider pool of talent and also e n g a g e u n d e r - r e p r e s e n t e d groups in the conversation about how to protect and improve the environment. The report also urges both those in a position of power to harness the passion and commitment of young people when it comes tackling environmental issues, by offering training and education that tangibly leads to a worthwhile career in the green sector. In a report published by Groundwork last year, 'Youth in a Changing Climate' that asked young people about their green job aspirations, only 1 in 5 young people believe they are listened to when it comes to decisions on climate change and the environment, 92% felt that tackling climate change and protecting the environment is important to them personally. Graham Duxbury, Groundwork's UK Chief Executive, said: "In the face of a climate crisis and a cost of living crisis we need to focus on those solutions that achieve a just transition to a low carbon future. Investing now in the jobs and skills we need to build a circular economy, keep fossil fuels in the ground and help nature recover will accelerate this transition while also lifting more people out of poverty. "We also need to demonstrate that green jobs are relevant and accessible to everyone – the environmental sector is much less diverse than others, green careers guidance is lacking and young people fi nd it diffi cult to get their foot on the ladder. Sustainability should sit alongside maths, English and IT as a core skill and we need more consistent, long-term policymaking to give environmental employers the confidence to grow their workforce." Groundwork Enquiry 1 industry (and its neighbouring professions) across the UK, in both the public and private sectors. "In order to achieve our common aims including but not limited to, nature recovery and creating climate resilient landscapes, we need evidence," said Chris Bolton, Principal Specialist for Landscape – Natural England (Project Partner). " B y u n d e r s t a n d i n g t h e landscape sector, how we can work collaboratively and what landscape resources, expertise and research is available, we can fi ll these evidence gaps." The Landscape Institute Enquiry 3

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