0 An event not to be missed

A major event getting to grips with the practical implications of recent national policy changes and initiatives as well as the real technical challenge facing the sector in terms of the control of tree disease, invasive weeds, spray testing and more

It is an event for everyone involved in the amenity sector and organised by the Amenity Forum, the voluntary initiative seeking to drive up standards and promote best practice in the sector.

The full programme is given below. Cost is £45 per delegate with discount for members. Register your interest now by email to Alan.Spedding@amenityforum.co.uk

The Forum is grateful to our sponsors for the event who will have exhibition stands at the conference: City & Guilds/NAsOR, JSD Rail, Languard Ltd, Weedfree Ltd.

Meeting the Challenge of Change

Annual Conference iof The Amenity Forum to be held Thursday 17th October 2013 at Leicester Football Club, King Power Stadium, Filbert St, Leicester, LE2 7FL

Programme

0930 Arrivals & refreshments
Opportunity to view exhibitors' stands & networking

1000 CONFERENCE OPENS
Welcome & Introductory remarks - Professor John Moverley, Independent Chairman of the Amenity Forum

1005 Panel Presentations & Discussion on Policy Issues Panel members to give an update on key policy issues and their practical implications followed by questions and discussion with speakers drawn from CRD, the Environment Agency and industry
Topics to include:

SUD & the National Action Plan - Adrian Dixon, Chemicals Regulation Directorate
WFD, Urban Diffuse pollution & related matters - Jo Kennedy, Environment Agency
An industry view on policy changes - Nick Von Westenholz, CEO, Crop Protection Association

1050 Invasive Weeds - How do we control them? - David Layland, Japanese Knotweed Control Ltd.

1110 Controlling weeds, pests & diseases in trees & woodlands - Dr. Joan Webber, Forestry Commission

1130 Sprayer Testing - getting to grips with new requirements - Duncan Russell, AEA

1150 Questions & Discussion from the last three papers

1200 Break Out Session - What are the key challenges and opportunities currently? How will approaches to weed, pest and disease control develop? What are the implications?

1230 Update on the Thanet Project - keeping streets and pavements clean and an investigation into integrated approaches for control - Dr. Michelle Fountain, East Malling Research Station

1245 Lunch - opportunity to speak to sponsors, view demonstrations & exhibitions stands and for networking

1330 The challenge of managing the Leicester City Football Ground and other training pitches - Ed Mow, Head Groundsman

1350 Panel Presentations & Discussion followed by questions and discussion

Meeting the needs of the golf greenkeepers - Jim Croxton, CEO, BIGGA
Specifying weed & pest control programmes - Chris Jones, Telford & Wrekin Council
The challenges of weed & pest control in sensitive areas especially water - Dr. Jodie Whitehead, Severn Trent

1435 Break Out Session - What should be the priorities for the sector going forward? How do we 'up our game'?

1505 KEY NOTE SPEAKER (to be announced nearer the date)

1525 Your Forum - current and planned activity, addressing the challenge of 'upping the sector game' - Chairman of the Forum

1540 Conference closes

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