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Reviewed 30 January 2018

Free Amenity Sector Updating Event in Edinburgh 2018

This year’s free information Amenity Sector event, supported by the Scottish Government, will be held on Tuesday, 10 April 2018, at Scotland’s Rural College, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JG

The Amenity Forum is the voluntary initiative for the sector promoting best practice in all aspects of weed, pest, and disease control.  This event is one of a series of free Updating Events across the UK which seeks to address topical issues of interest and relevance to all involved in the amenity sector.

The day’s program will consist of short presentations by speakers drawn from the Chemicals Regulation Division of HSE, BASIS Registration, the National Sprayer Testing Service, Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI), our various hosts and from the Amenity Forum itself.

The following topics will be covered by this year’s workshop

  • Policy Update: What is the National Action Plan?

  • Effective and efficient use of chemicals for weed, pest and disease control

  • Operating at best practice standards and training needs

  • Review of current issues impacting on our sector in terms of weed, pest & disease management

  • Question Time session

  • A sandwich lunch will be provided

How to Book

To book a place for this event all you need to do is email, giving the names of your delegates, to admin@amenityforum.net

Event Programme - Link to programme

Further information can also be found on the Amenity Forum Website at:  www.amenityforum.co.uk

 

Reviewed 3 May 2017

The Amenity Forum Conference 2017 - Conference Details and Booking

The Amenity Forum has annouced the 2017 Conference which will take place on Thursday, 12 October 2017 at the Pirelli Stadium in Burton-on-Trent.

Booking costs are:

Up to 1 September 2017 - £55.00 per person + VAT = £66.00

After 1 September 2017 - £65.00 per person + VAT = £78.00

Bookings should be sent to Kate at admin@amenityforum.net.

Payment can be made via PayPal/debit or credit card at the link on the attached website http://www.amenityforum.co.uk/conference.html. Please contact Kate at the email address to confirm that you have made payment by PayPal.

This is the link to the Conference Brochure

 

Reviewed 20 February 2017

Free Amenity Sector Updating Event in Edinburgh 2017

This year’s free information Amenity Sector event, supported by the Scottish Government, will be held on Tuesday, 11 April 2017, at Scotland’s Rural College, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JG.

Directions to event

Purpose

The Amenity Forum is the voluntary initiative for the sector promoting best practice in all aspects of weed, pest, and disease control.  This event is one of a series of free Updating Events across the UK which seeks to address topical issues of interest and relevance to all involved in the amenity sector.

Short presentations will be given by speakers from the Chemicals Regulation Division of the Health and Safety Executive, BASIS Registration, the National Sprayer Testing Service, the Amenity Forum and Scotland’s Rural College.

This year’s workshop will look at topical issues including:

  • Putting together an effective and integrated weed, pest, and disease management programme

  • Drivers for change, the importance of taking an integrated approach and current issues/challenges

  • Accurate and effective spray operations and the importance of maintaining equipment used

  • The requirement for training and keeping updated, and adopting an Amenity Assured approach

  • Question Time Session

  • A sandwich lunch will be provided

How to Book

To book a place for this event all you need to do is email, giving the names of your delegates, to Alan.Spedding@amenityforum.net

Event Programme - Link to programme

More information on the programme for the day is attached, along with directions to the venue.

Further information can also be found on the Amenity Forum Website at:  www.amenityforum.co.uk

 

Reviewed 29 August 2016

Amateur Pesticide User Survey

The Amateur Liaison Group is running an online survey for amateur pesticide users to obtain information about purchasing, use, storage and disposal habits.  These data help to build a more complete picture of how garden care products are being used in the marketplace, and is designed to help ensure that garden care products are used safely.

The survey will run for two weeks from Monday 08 August to Friday 30 September and is available via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PUHS2016.  On completion of the survey, there is an opportunity to enter a prize draw to win one of ten £50 National Garden Gift Vouchers.

A report of the survey will be available later in the year on HSE’s website.

 

Reviewed 27 July 2016

Pesticides in the UK – The 2015 report on the impacts and sustainable use of pesticides

The following link takes you to the 2015 report on the impacts and sustainable use of pesticides produced by the Pesticides Forum.  The report gives an overview of the range of subjects covered by the work of the Forum in 2015, and reflects the format of the European Union Directive on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides (2009/128/EC).  This Directive establishes a framework to achieve more sustainable use of pesticides by: reducing the risks and impacts of pesticide use on human health and the environment; and promoting the use of Integrated Pest Management and of alternative approaches or techniques.

http://webcommunities.hse.gov.uk/connect.ti/pesticidesforum/view?objectId=49875&exp=e1   

The information and data presented in the Forum’s report indicate that, overall, pesticides are being used in a more sustainable fashion than in the past.  Improvements are continually being made to the arrangements for training pesticide users and distributors, more awarding bodies are receiving recognition and their training syllabuses include an increased emphasis on the need to use a range of techniques for controlling pests, weeds and diseases.

 

Reviewed 23 June 2016

Scottish Water Pesticide Event

Scottish Water are hosting a pesticide event, “Controlling pests and weeds on your farm”, at Thainstone Market  on Thursday 14th July for growers and producers.

At this informative event Scottish Water will be promoting their Sustainable Land Management Incentive Scheme which can offer financial assistance to land owners and developers in a variety of ways to protect drinking water sources through Scotland.  For instance, the scheme can assist in financing stock fencing, livestock watering, man-made ditch modifications and water environment management plans.

For more information on the event, please see the flyer.

/Topics/farmingrural/Agriculture/Environment/Pesticides/Pesticides/ScottishWaterPesticideEventFlyer

 

Reviewed 15 June 2016  

Scottish Integrated Pest Management Plan launched

An Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan, aimed at Scottish growers and producers has recently been launched.  Completing this plan will help landowners and contractors to identify and demonstrate the practise of IPM techniques, ensuring the best possible and most sustainable use of all available methods for controlling pests, weeds and diseases.  For more information on IPM and to complete a plan visit the IPM webpage.

 

Reviewed 13 January 2016              

Free Amenity Sector Updating Event in Edinburgh 2016

This year’s free information Amenity Sector event, supported by the Scottish Government, will be held on Tuesday, 12 April 2016, at Scotland’s Rural College, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JG.

Purpose

This workshop is aimed at professional pesticide users in the amenity sector, and will be run by the Amenity Forum, an independent body that promotes best practice in all aspects of weed, pest and disease control.

The workshop will look at topical issues including:

Ø update on policy issues and legislation impacting on the sector;

Ø keeping updated and fully trained; why, what and how;

Ø Integrated control – why, what and how: what does it mean in practice/alternative approaches/IPM planning;

Ø accurate and effective spray operations, including information on new sprayer testing requirements from November 2016.

How to Book

To book a place for this event all you need to do is email, giving the names of your delegates, to Alan.Spedding@amenityforum.net

Event Programme

More information on the programme for the day is attached.

Free Amenity Sector Updating Event in Edinburgh 2016

Further information can also be found on the Amenity Forum Website at:  www.amenityforum.co.uk

 

Reviewed 30 April 2015

Important: Correction to Pesticide Information Note issued with IACS 2014 Packs

All farmers and crofters received the Pesticide Information Note and Questionnaire with their IACS 2014 packs. We subsequently spotted an error in this Note. The Note should have said that pesticide application equipment in use which is over 5 years old will need to be inspected once by 26 November 2016.

The attached Pesticide Information Note includes the corrected text on page 2. The section also explains more about the new requirement for the inspection of pesticide equipment and exemption from inspection for knapsack and handheld sprayers.

This Note also explains about further new legal requirements from 26 November 2015 when the grandfather rights exemption will be phased out. From this date it will be illegal to spray without a certificate of competence

The voluntary Questionnaire attached to the Pesticide Information Note, which does not seek to identify individuals or businesses, requests information on intended action in response to the removal of grandfather rights. This will help in the appropriate targeting of resources to deliver the certification programmes, and may also help to reduce the cost of certification to individuals and businesses.

Also from 26 November 2015 it will be a legal requirement for anyone purchasing professional pesticide products to ensure that the operator who will be applying the product has a recognised certificate.

If you wish to request a paper copy of the Information Note and Questionnaire, please use the contact details provided on the Note.