THE AMENITY FORUM CONFERENCE - October 17th 2013
An essential event to attend - please see further details on the conference page.
The Amenity Forum (Amenity Landscaping Environmental Stewardship Forum) is an independent body to bring together professional organisations with an involvement in the amenity horticulture sector. This is a very diverse industry responsible for the landscape management of urban areas, highways and rail network, sports grounds, parks, industrial and utility sites. To establish and maintain these areas to a high standard the sector requires access to pesticides, efficient equipment, trained and qualified staff. The organisation was formed in October 2003 as a key action to support the Voluntary Initiative, an industry led project agreed with Government to reduce the environmental impact of pesticides.
The membership comprises of 34 organisations,from across this diverse industry, covering manufacturers; suppliers; trade associations; local authorities; major users; landscape; sport and leisure. Equally important are those members who represent training and qualification standards. The key Government agencies have an important observer role.
The objectives of the Amenity Forum are:
- To be the collective body representing the amenity industry, in relation to pesticide use & weed and pest control within the amenity sector.
- To lead, coordinate and encourage achievement of "Best Practice" objectives in amenity pesticide use.
- To coordinate and encourage the establishment of sustainable qualifications, training and CPD activity, specifically for the amenity sector.
- To organise activities within the Amenity Forum membership and linked organisations, such that Amenity Forum objectives are developed in a coordinated way.
To achieve these objectives the Amenity Forum continues to develop a number of activities:
- Prepare and issue Guidance Notes to support ‘Best Practice’.
- Organise Conferences and Workshops.
- Brief UK and European politicians about the amenity sector.
- Work closely with the Chemicals Regulation Directorate to ensure the Amenity
Action Plan meets the requirements of the National Pesticides Strategy.