The Amenity Forum launched Ten Golden Rules of Pesticide Use to make it easier to achieve best practice today, at its annual conference.
The forum created the list (below) with the help of the Chemicals Regulation Directorate, and in response to changes in legislation, in its ongoing mission to work with policymakers and hold on to the chemicals the industry has left.
Forum chair John Moverley said: "We need to reach the parts of the sector we aren't reaching."
The conference heard from Adrian Dixon from the CRD on Sustainable Use Directive and the National Action Plan and Jo Kennedy from the Environment Agency talked about the Water Framework Directive and urban diffuse pollution.
Chief executive officer Nick Von Westerholz gave a view on legislation from the point of view of the Crop Protection Association while David Layland gave an update on Japanese Knotweed Control’s work with invasive weeds.
Other speakers included Dr Joan Webber on tree pests and diseases and how they are being tackled, Duncan Russell of the AEA on sprayer testing, Dr Michelle Fountain of the Thanet Project and Dr Jodie Whitehead from Severn Trent on pesticides and water, Geoff Webb from the IOG and Jim Croxton of BIGGA.
Chris Jones of Telford and Wrekin Council explained his teams’ efforts to lower chemical use while saving money during council budget cuts
One of the most popular presentations was that given pitchside by the club’s head groundsman Ed Mowe who outlined his own integrated strategy involving herbicides, fertilisers, carbohydrates and sugars.
The conference, held at Leicester City Football Club's ground was well attended with around 190 people from across the amenity industry.
The Ten Golden Rules
- Get trained
- Carefully plan pest, weed and disease control strategies using a suitable advisor where necessary
- Buy pesticides from reputable distributors
- Store pesticides correctly, use only authorised products and comply with conditions specified on the product label
- Maintain application equipment
- Minimise use
- Protect workers and the public
- Protect water
- Check the guidance
- Keep records