The Forum's plans for its annual sector conference are well advanced and indeed bookings are already being taken. 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 will be held, as in 2013, at Leicester City Football Club on October 16th and details of the programme are available on the Forum website.
This year's programme includes presentations looking at how recent changes are impacting across Europe as well as, of course, covering all the hot topics and challenges facing the sector. There will be a key feature on integrated control.
At the conference, there will also be a panel discussion on the subject of water and related issues in terms of weed, pest and disease control.
The Water Framework Directive sets strong targets in terms of quality and it is important that all involved in amenity weed, pest and disease control have opportunity to get a full update and have chance to discuss and make their views known.
The Panel at the conference will include a senior representative of the Environment Agency together with a member of a water company and a water catchment group.
John Moverley, Chairman of the Amenity Forum, said 'It is very important that our sector continues its full engagement with all issues relating to water management and quality.
It is vital that any decisions taken are evidence based and we work with all concerned to maintain standards of weed, pest and disease control whilst adhering to requirements of the Water Framework Directive''
Another speaker at the conference will be Manda Sansom, from Monsanto, who will provide a view of the opportunities to refine and improve targeted pesticide application, to integrate pesticide use with alternative weed control methods, ways to reduce the risk of resistance development and ensure long term sustainability for weed control.
Early booking for the conference is 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.