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New booklet aimed at amenity pesticide users

12.48am 11th December 2009 - Management Topics - This story was updated on Monday, June 21st, 2010

A practical new guide that aims to ensure pesticide users in the amenity sector understand their duty of care and the need for ‘best practice’ at all times has been launched by the Crop Protection Association (CPA).

‘Amenity – BEST PRACTICE: Using pesticides in the community’ is aimed at local authorities, utility companies, amenity managers and groundsmen at sports facilities and venues.

The handy A5-sized, 12 page booklet highlights the key role pesticides play in maintaining the quality of parks, golf-courses and sports pitches and ensuring the safety of railways and roads.  It also provides information on pesticide safety and legislation, where and how they can be used and guidance on best practice.

Mark Phillips, chairman of the CPA Amenity Group said: “Pesticides have a very important role throughout the transport, leisure and amenity sectors but the public has to have confidence that they are being applied in a responsible manner.  Our new guide gives all the information and guidance pesticide users need in providing that assurance.

“We’re delighted that Gordon Moir, director of greenkeeping at St Andrews Links, and Eddie Seaward, head groundsman at Wimbledon, have contributed explaining their use of integrated pest management (IPM) programmes as part of best practice.”

To download your copy of ‘Amenity –BEST PRACTICE: Using pesticides in the community’ click onto www.cropprotection.org.uk or call 01733 355370 to request a hard copy.

       

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