Amenity Forum chair warns over directive in Saltex speech

Amenity horticulture could face a major accident when the Sustainable Use Directive and Water Framework Directive comes into force because operators are not up to speed on best practice, an industry leader told Saltex this morning.

John Moverley: Amenity Forum chairman warning
John Moverley: Amenity Forum chairman warning

Amenity Forum chairman John Moverley said that the sector suffers from too many low-standard performers and not enough qualified people to use pesticides.

He said: "I am concerned there will be a major incident at some point and we all have to be very aware of that in terms of upping our game to ensure we demonstrate best practice.  

"The reality is that continuing professional development has to be the way of showing best practice.

"If you are a contractor bidding for work you may be tempted to cut a corner to win the job. That is the wrong way to go.

"We want voluntary measures to reach best practice but if we are not careful the reverse may happen. Everybody must up their game. There are too many low-standard performers and too few qualified people."

Chairman of the forum's education and skills committee Paul Singleton said though amenity used 5 per cent of total pesticides it accounted for about a third of the market in terms of value because unlike agriculture most amenity use was by contractors, pushing up costs.


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