Key challenges from tree disease to weed control to be discussed at autumn Amenity Forum event

Tree disease, invasive weeds, spray testing and other pressing issues facing the horticultural industry will be explored during a forum in October.

This year’s Amenity Forum annual conference on October 17 at Leicester City Football Club will look at policy changes and initiatives regarding these and other issues as well as the technical challenges themselves

One of the topics under discussion is Defra’s National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides, published in February.

Jo Kennedy from the Environment Agency will discuss the Water Frame Directive and the issue of diffuse pollution while The Forestry Commission is represented by Dr Joan Webber, who will talk about controlling weeds and pests in woodland and tress.

Nick Von Westenholz, CEO of Crop Protection will share industry views on the changes, while David Layland, of Japanese Knotweed Control, will explain how to tackle invasive weeds.

The venue will also be under discussion, as Leicester City Football Club ground's head groundsman, Ed Mow, will outline the challenges of keeping the pitch and others in tip top condition.

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