Amenity Forum Conference - Facing the Future

Kate Hopkinsin Industry News

The world we all knew certainly has changed greatly. The Pandemic has impacted on every aspect of our lives and we all know that the recovery will be long and extremely challenging. What has been highlighted during the time since the virus impacted has been the vital and important role of amenity management, seeking to keep amenity and sports surfaces safe and healthy. We would like to think that it has also increased public awareness of the importance of such spaces whether it be their local park, keeping transport networks running or more.

Given all this challenge and change, the title for the 2021 Amenity Forum Annual Conference is 'Facing the Future'. What will the new normal bring? How will amenity organisations need to adapt and change? What will be the impact of proposed policy changes in how the work is undertaken? All these topics and more will be covered. The Amenity Forum conference is now a well-established event with a high reputation for the quality of presentations and opportunity to network and catch up on new innovations and changes. Indeed, it has become a must attend event for all involved in or with an interest in amenity management decision making and activities.

In 2021, the conference will commence with policy updates from a senior UK government representative, the Chemicals Regulation Department of HSE and from the Environment Agency. This will be followed by presentations drawn from different aspects of amenity addressing the issue of integrated approaches and how they are applying them in their day-to-day amenity management approaches. Following these will be presentations on the very important area of education and training, talking about opportunities for continuous professional development and how new advances in digital technology can help.

The penultimate section of the programme will comprise two presentations. The first will focus on managing parks safely and sustainably and the second, an expert view on assessing the full life cycle implications of different methods of amenity management, including taking into account effectiveness, economics and carbon foot printing. The conference will conclude with a presentation by the Head Groundsman at Lord's Cricket Ground providing his take on the challenges ahead.

During the event the category winners for the 2021 Amenity Sprayer Operator of the Year Awards will be announced and presented.

The conference is being held at the Kettering Conference Centre in Northampton on October 21st. For those still uncertain about travelling to a physical venue, the conference will also be available on-line as in 2020.

For further information and to book your place, talk to Kate on Delegate rates are £95 + VAT and there is an early bird discount of £10 on offer for bookings completed before September 1st. The conference remains competitively priced due to the contributions of its valued supporters. We look forward to welcoming you to another great event.