Conference Schedule
09:30
Arrivals & Refreshments

Opportunity to view exhibitors’ stands & networking

10:00
Conference Opens

Welcome & Introductory remarks – Professor John Moverley, Independent Chairman of the Amenity Forum

10:05
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

10:50
Invasive Weeds – How do we control them?

David Layland, Japanese Knotweed Control Ltd.

11:10
Controlling weeds, pests & diseases in trees & woodlands

Dr. Joan Webber, Forestry Commission

11:30
Sprayer Testing – getting to grips with new requirements

Duncan Russell, AEA

11:50
Questions & Discussion

Questions & Discussion from the last three papers

12:00
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?

12:30
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

12:45
Lunch

Opportunity to speak to sponsors, view demonstrations & exhibitions stands and for networking

13:30
The challenge of managing the Leicester City Football Ground and other training pitches

Ed Mowe, Head Groundsman

13:50
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

14:35
Break Out Session

What should be the priorities for the sector going forward? How do we ‘up our game’?

15:05
Key Note Speaker

To be announced nearer the date

15:25
Your Forum

Current and planned activity, addressing the challenge of ‘upping the sector game’ – Chairman of the Forum

15:40
Conference closes