Landscape & Amenity

January 2015

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READER ENQUIRY 4 BTME Preview We look forward to this year's exhibition Page 9-10 JANUARY 2015 Landscape Amenity PRODUCT UPDATE Chainsaws & Forestry Product innovation and new launches Page 14-15 ATV, UTV & Work Trucks Jane Carley rounds up latest market news. Page 18-21 Build stewardship into your weed strategy NEW Monsanto UK Ltd. PO Box 663, Cambourne, Cambridge CB1 0LD. For further information on Roundup ® contact the Monsanto Technical Helpline on 01954 717575. Email: Web: Roundup is a registered trademark of Monsanto LLC. Roundup contains Glyphosate. USE HERBICIDES SAFELY. ALWAYS READ THE LABEL AND PRODUCT INFORMATION BEFORE USE. © Monsanto (UK) Ltd 2014. ■ High load 480g/l glyphosate ■ Less packaging waste ■ Clean, non-hazardous label* ■ Less risk for transport & storage ■ Drift reduction properties ■ Less risk of damage to non target areas ■ Rainfast in 1 hour ■ Less risk of run off, more glyphosate gets to roots *UK Pesticide Legislation Giving you the Advantage If greenkeepers or groundsmen had to rank their machines by order of importance, sprayers would probably come last. With a usual replacement cycle of 10 to 15 years sprayers' performance can be seriously affected resulting in inaccurate spraying which may have a direct impact on the environment. This has triggered new obligations regarding the regular inspection of plant protection product application equipment. Introduced by HSE under the 2012 Plant Protection Regulation, sustainable use of pesticide, the new obligation is taking effect by the 26 November 2016 and will be implemented by the AEA via approved NSTS test centres. This will affect all sprayers in use (except knapsacks and handheld sprayers). Spraying advice issued ahead of industry get-together at BTME 2015 Sprayer owners must ensure it is inspected to certain timetables. Equipment that is not in use or that which is not used for applying pesticides is not affected. Knapsack and handheld sprayers will be exempt from the requirement to pass inspection. Different inspection interval will apply to boom sprayers greater than 3m, sprayers attached to train or aircraft and air assisted broadcast sprayers. More detailed information regarding timelines can be found on the HSE website. Specialists from KUHN Amenity Pro will be at BTME 2015 in Harrogate (Hall C, Stand C53) to highlight the importance of good quality spraying equipment and maintenance. This year's exhibition - taking place between January 20-22, with Continue to Learn covering January 18-21 and the Turf Managers' Conference taking place on 19 January – will see more than 100 companies taking part showcasing a variety of products and services. BIGGA CEO Jim Croxton said: "Our focus is now firmly on ensuring BTME 2015 builds on the excellent foundations of recent BTMEs which have been overwhelming successes. "For 2015 we're particularly proud of our Continue to Learn programme which is the largest and most comprehensive ever." We have an in-depth preview of this year's exhibition in this month's magazine and will review of the event in February. KUHN Amenity Pro Enquiry 1 Timberplay has taken the pioneering step of promoting untreated Mountain Larch as their standard offer across their range of play equipment. Customers will still have the option of using cheaper chemically impregnated timbers but Mountain Larch with steel footings will now Timberplay goes green with eco-friendly option be the default offer as long term studies have concluded this option performs just as well, if not better than the alternative and is better for the environment. Paul Collings, Managing Director at Timberplay, said: "The mountain larch gains its rot resistance through the slow growth of the trees in the mountains, making the timber very dense and difficult for fungi to eat, whereas the fungicidal chemicals that are used as preservatives on pines and firs are effectively poisons that are subsequently leeched into the environment. "Increasingly tough European environmental regulations are also gradually reducing the effectiveness of such chemical impregnation." Timberplay is the UK supplier of play equipment from Richter Spielgeräte. Timberplay Enquiry 2 Tractor and groundcare specialists, Kubota UK, has expanded its range of bestselling compact tractors with the launch of its STW Series, providing a step up from existing models with a new level of comfort and performance. Available in three models, the STW34, STW37 and STW40 have been introduced to handle a range of tasks with quick and powerful performance, from everyday jobs to heavy-duty tasks. The large hydraulic pump capacity, with a flow rate of 30 l/min, is ideal for a wide variety of implements. The three new diesel tractors are available with an optional Step up for compact tractors with Kubota factory-equipped cab that provides an exceptional level of comfort. The 4-pillar design, with a large and curved windscreen, offers a 360-degree view with increased visibility. The three machines all feature hydrostatic power steering to perform tighter turns and handle front loader work with ease and confidence, helping to reduce operator fatigue. Standard with the STW Series is Kubota's exclusive Bi-Speed Turning. Kubota has also launched a new diesel-powered utility vehicle, the RTV-X900. Further details on the RTV-X900 launch and a detailed overview of the UTV and ATV markets can be found inside this month's magazine. Kubota UK Enquiry 3

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