Amenity Forum Saltex debates tackle pesticides and Brexit

Pesticides, or the lack of them, was the subject of two debates this afternoon at IoG Saltex.

Amenity Forum debate panel at IoG Saltex 2016: L- R Mark De Ath, Will Kay, Stephen Jacob - image: HW
Amenity Forum debate panel at IoG Saltex 2016: L- R Mark De Ath, Will Kay, Stephen Jacob - image: HW

The first saw Amenity Forum chairman, Professor John Moverley take on the David Dimbleby role for an Amenity Forum ‘Question Time’-style debate.

Panellists Mark De Ath, operations director of Headland Amenity Products, Will Kay, managing director of Languard and chief executive of BASIS Stephen Jacob answered questions about Brexit, forthcoming pesticide regulation, the cost and other barriers to bringing new products to market, amenity versus agricultural use, industry standards, the pesticide supply chain and buying legal and illegal pesticides from the internet.

The session was followed by a second, also chaired by Moverley, specifically looking at the issue of earthworms, and recent regulation which states that herbicides must be earthworm-friendly.

Although earthworms are generally the horticulturist’s friends, they have long been supressed by groundsmen and greenkeepers as their worm casts affect playing surfaces.

More in next week’s issue of Horticulture Week.


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