Amenity forum updating events

05 December 2012

The importance of demonstrating good practice and using trained and qualified staff has never been greater, and at a time when large scale users of pesticides such as local authorities and other organisations are faced with ever increasing financial pressures. It is really important that those awarding contracts seek out operators who can demonstrate their commitment to best practice and the highest standards. It is equally important that they engage their staff in continuing professional development. Whilst many already do so, there still remain those who operate outside guidelines established and the message needs to be taken to everyone involved in this sector.

The adoption of the Sustainable Use Directive and the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in the UK have highlighted the need for fully understanding the requirements for best practice in the use of pesticides and the AF have organised a series of events providingan opportunity for that. These events are free and open to anyone involved in the amenity sector.

They all scheduled to commence at 2pm and last two hours. Speakers will be drawn from representatives of the AF and HSE’s Chemicals Regulations Directorate and introduced by Prof John Moverley, AF Chairman.

The dates and locations are as follows:

·         Stareton, Warwickshire 23rd January

·         Wakefield 25 January

·         Taunton 12 February

These events will run subject to sufficient numbers so, if you wish to attend, please contact Alan Spedding, the AF Secretary, asap at Alan Spedding.

A similar event is also being held at Bourne in Lincolnshire on February 5th, in conjunction with Progreen Weed Control Solutions. Further information on this and the programme is also available from the AF.