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Brexit Impact upon Weed, Pest and Disease Control

10.43am 28th July 2016 - Management Topics

Amenity Forum logo“During Brexit we need to demonstrate the importance of weed, pest and disease control,” says Professor John Moverley, Chairman of the Amenity Forum.

These words were used by John Moverley, Chairman of the Amenity Forum, in a recent presentation to a sector event. He said: “In the run up to the UK Referendum vote, and indeed immediately after it, there were varying statements of both optimism and doom and gloom and in the sector there are those who were on different sides of the vote. However, we now have a new Prime Minister and the task has begun in implementing the decision made at the ballot box. Yes, change naturally creates uncertainties and there will be real and significant impacts on business in many ways. However, it is important that, whatever our views on BREXIT, we now move forward, adapt, manage accordingly and grasp the opportunities.”

He went on to say: “Clearly this is a major decision taken by the British people and it will take time to fully understand and respond to the changes that will now follow. In the immediate term it is business as usual and, as the transition process moves forward, the Amenity Forum will seek to work closely with all involved. In terms of weed, pest and disease control, the UK has adopted the Sustainable Use Directive in its National Action Plan and nothing therefore is again set to change in the immediate term.

“Change does provide real opportunity for the sector to influence new approaches and to be fully engaged in seeking out solutions to existing problems. Weed, pest and disease control is both important and essential. We need to all fully demonstrate this and operate at the highest standards’

“The Amenity Forum Annual Conference is being held on October 13th at the Pirelli Stadium at Burton on Trent. It has become a very important event in the amenity calendar.  The event provides a great opportunity for keynote speakers to address topical issues, for networking and discussion and for the sector to demonstrate its commitment to best practice and just what an important range of work it undertakes. It provides opportunity to further influence our key stakeholders and decision makers and profile even more just how important is weed, pest and disease control.”

Further information on the conference is available at the website and you can book at . We have kept prices as low as possible so why not join us this year and demonstrate the sector’s commitment and importance.

As John Moverley says: “The time is right to double our efforts and place amenity firmly in sight of all. Let us be proud of what we do and why we do it. We certainly undertake a task which is important and essential.”

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