Speakers discussed the changing demands of amenity weed, pest and disease control in the face of new legislation.
Grant Stark from the Chemicals Regulation Directorate talked about the implications of the National Action Plan arising from implementation of the Sustainable Use Directive. This brings with it legal requirements but, in the main, looks to the sector to work together promoting best practice and driving up standards. Stark said that it was far better for the sector to do this themselves than have change imposed.
Duncan Russell from the National Sprayer Testing Scheme emphasised the need for sprayer testing, a legal requirement from November 2016, and essential for effective and efficient spraying. Peter Corbett, recently hired as a consultant to BASIS Registration, talked about education and training, legal requirements and the need for the sector to fully engage in continuous professional development, one of the elements of implementing the National Action Plan.
John Moverley, chairman of the Amenity Forum, focused on integrated pest control, which is central to new policy. The Amenity Forum has produced guidance notes on this subject available from their website.
The event was organised by the Amenity Forum and hosted by forum member Agrigem. Further free updating events are planned across the UK.
Moverley commented: ''This year, even more than previous, is a time to attend our updating events, not just for the quality of information and networking available, but also so we can send out a strong message of the sector commitment to best practice, the vital importance of the work undertaken and the real professionalism.''
To book contact Alan.Spedding@amenityforum.net. Dates for future events are available at www.amenityforum.co.uk.