Defra minister Lord de Mauley has praised The Amenity Forum and its efforts to promote sustainable pesticide use.
The forum, which held its annual conference at Leicester City Football Club’s ground on Thursday invited the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for natural environment and science to be the keynote speaker at the event.
He declined due to Parliamentary business but sent a letter to chair Professor John Moverley, showing appreciation for the forum’s work and reassuring the sector that its value was considered in policymaking.
It read: "The Forum deserves particular credit for the way that all those involved have worked hard to bring a very diverse sector together to promote a shared understanding of the importance of sustainable pesticide use and for the initiatives you have overseen to promote this aim.
"I know the issue of pesticides in the amenity sector has not always had the highest of profiles. Nevertheless I would assure you and your members that the government understands and appreciates the economic value of the sector and the contribution it makes to a safe and prosperous society.
"This is why practice in the amenity sector is a priority in the UK National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides. I am therefore very grateful for the ongoing work for all in the Amenity Forum."
Moverley read the message out in full at the conference.