The Forum's plans for its annual sector conference on October 16th are well advanced. The conference and associated exhibition area has fast become a must attend event for all involved in weed, pest and disease control in the amenity sector.
It is being held at Leicester City Football Club, a Premier League ground following their recent promotion.
The conference programme contains its own premier speakers who will address topical and hot issues such as policy changes, integrated control, international, water, problem weeds and more.
The Forum has established links with other European countries and one of the speakers in 2014 will be from Holland providing insight into pesticide regulations in Denmark and how they are being met.
Ruth Mann from STRI will examine how integrated control can work in practice and Ian Edser, from Amey PLC, will consider environmental issues and a sustainable approach to weed, pest and disease control.
David Wain, from Sheffield Streets Ahead Highways Client team, will provide a case study of their approach and their responsibility includes an important network of major roads and highways.
Mike Clough, Chairman of the Invasive Non-Native Specialists Association, will look at the challenges involved in the control of problem weeds.
On policy issues, Grant Stark and Adrian Dixon, from the Chemicals Regulations Directorate, will update delegates and there will be a presentation on a recent Amenity Survey undertaken and its implications.
The conference also will host a debate entitled Pesticides and Water with panellists including representation from a utility company, catchment group and the Environment Agency.
There will also be time to visit the range of exhibition stands at the event. Full details of the conference programme can be found on the Forum website at www.amenityforum.co.uk.
John Moverley, Chairman of the Amenity Forum said 'The 2014 conference is set to be the best yet and we are grateful to our sponsors for their support in helping bring together such excellent contributors and ensuring that we can keep delegate rates as low as possible.
It is important that the sector continues to demonstrate its commitment to best practice and that this can be achieved by voluntary action from the sector itself'
Early booking for the conference is highly recommended with the Forum once again seeking to keep registration fees as low as possible.
For bookings before September 1st, the delegate rate is £40 for members and £45 for others. After September 1st, the rates are £45 and £50 respectively.