This year we are encouraging everyone with an interest in the Amenity Sector to make a special effort to attend. The event co-incides with Government consultation on the new Directives relating to both pesticides and water.
These Directives will be converted into legislation and it is VITAL that the amenity sector not only understands the implications but also expresses its views and demonstrates its commitment to responsible use. We need to ensure that those involved in policy change recognise the importance of our sector.
Within the conference programme will be presentations on the implications and then importantly two facilitated group sessions when we can collect YOUR views and comments. The Amenity Forum is working closely with officials and seeks to fully represent your views to ensure any change is workable and still allows the sector to deliver its important work.
These days diaries are always busy but can you please make a note of this date now and do your very best to attend. With sponsorship, for which we are very grateful, we have managed to keep the cost of attendance to £39.50. Please book now in the way shown on the attached booking form.
Amenity Forum Conference -4th November
CPD Points available for this event :
BASIS Professional Register - 5 points
NRoSo - 4 points
Programme for the day
09.30-10.00 Registration and Coffee
10.00 Welcome and Introduction John Moverley, Chairman - Amenity Forum
10.05-10.30 Pesticides Legislation: What the Sustainable Use Directive means for the Amenity Sector Adrian Dixon, Pesticides Environment Policy Branch, Chemicals Regulation Directorate, HSE
10.30-11.00 The Water Framework Directive:An Environment Agency update for the Amenity Sector Jo Kennedy, Environment Agency
11.00-11.45 Group Discussions - the response of the sector to the Directives
11.45-12.10 Continuous Professional Development: Training Paul Singleton; BASIS
12.10-12.30 The Northern Local Authority Amenity Forum: How it began; where it is now Mark Dempsey; Calderdale MBC.
12.30-13.30 BUFFET LUNCH
13.30-14.0014.00-14.25 Integrated Pest Management in Sports TurfBest practice and alternative options - costs and benefits Dr. Ruth Mann; STRI.Dr. Neil Hipps.
14.25-15.10 Group Discussions - the response of the sector to the Directives
15.10-15.40 Equipment technology: sprayers and nozzles tbc
15.40- 16.00 Invasive weeds: Japanese knotweed stem injection David Wain, Doncaster MBC.
16.00-16.25 Report back of key points arising from group sessions John Moverley, Amenity Forum &Grant Stark, CRD.