Lord Bach to address the Amenity Forum Conference

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Lord Bach to address the Amenity Forum Conference

Press Release

Lord Bach, Parliamentary Under Secretary at Defra will deliver the keynote speech to set the scene at the Amenity Forum Conference which focuses on safeguarding the environment, complying with regulations and following 'Best Practice' in the Amenity sector.

'The Weed and Pest Control Challenge' takes place on 1st March 2006 at Warwickshire County Cricket Club's Edgbaston ground in Birmingham.

Jon Allbutt, Chairman of the Amenity Forum says: "We are delighted that Lord Bach will address our Conference. This confirms the importance that Government is placing on supporting the implementation of best practice in the amenity sector.

"Recently, some reports have identified shortcomings in the amenity sector; it is up to us to meet the challenge. This Conference is an important opportunity for stakeholders to get to grips with the new Code of Practice as well as a range of environmental issues and solutions."

The conference is targeted at local authority managers with responsibilities for pesticide use, including managers in the utilities, sport and leisure, highways and landscape construction and maintenance divisions. It will also be of interest to golf course and sports ground managers.

Conference registration details are available from the Amenity Forum Conference Event Organiser Becky Dyer on becky.dyer@bcpc.org or telephone 01420 593200

Amenity Forum

1. The Amenity Forum developed as a result of the amenity work in the Voluntary Initiative.

2. The Amenity Forum has twenty-seven member organisations representing the sector and five Government observers.

3. The Amenity Forum is becoming recognised as the lead 'consultative organisation' for the amenity sector.

4. Details about the Amenity Forum are on the www.amenity.org.uk

For further information please contact:

Jon Allbutt, Chairman, Amenity forum 01959 575575

Bob Joice, Secretary, Amenity Forum 01924 495584

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