Use election to promote importance of pesticides and safe pesticide use, Amenity Forum urges

The Amenity Forum has urged horticulture professionals to use the general election to highlight the importance of pesticides to society and decision-making based on scientific evidence to those seeking office.

The Amenity Forum conference in 2016 was fully booked.
The Amenity Forum conference in 2016 was fully booked.

The Amenity Forum’s 2017 Updating Tour has been spreading the word about current pesticide legislation and best practice over the past two months and according to the membership organisation, this emphasised how important the amenity sector is to the smooth running of many aspects of our lives.

It said that approved professionals engaged in the amenity sector, especially members of the Amenity Forum, "always put health and safety at the top of their list in terms of choosing the appropriate methods of weed, pest and disease management".

And it said the launch of its Get Moving campaign website which emphasises the important role of amenity in society,, has been well received.

Chairman John Moverley said: "It was certainly quite hectic to visit so many locations in such a short time but equally it was inspiring. It was great to see so many elements of our vital sector represented and to talk to those directly engaged in the activities. Whether in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales or the regions of England, this stood out loud and proud.

"We do need to communicate this even more widely to all. What is undertaken is vital and important and impacts upon everyone."

The Forum will continue to engage in discussions and events throughout the summer, including Horticulture Week’s Parks & Gardens Live at Woburn Abbey and Gardens on June 28, and will hold its annual conference and exhibition at the Pirelli Stadium at Burton on Trent.

Full details are available on the Amenity Forum website or by emailing

For more sector views on the opportunities provided by the General Election, see the next issue of Horticulture Week, out on Friday. 

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