Airports express concerns about weed control

During a recent Amenity Forum updating event, concern was expressed about the possible implications on air safety caused by the withdrawal of chlorpyrifos as an active ingredient in pesticide products. This has been used to control pests on grass areas around runways - in particular leatherjackets and chafers. The concern now is that without such control it may encourage more birds feeding on the pests and in turn impact on aircraft safety. The matter is being actively discussed and solutions being considered, including possibly seeking emergency authorisation while alternative approaches become available and accepted.

This was just one of the questions raised at the recent Essex-based weed-control updaing event, which attracted more than 70 delegates. Presentations included a policy update, the need for sprayer testing, requirements for education and training and how to take an integrated approach to weed, pest and disease control.

These Updating Events are being held across the UK. They are free to attend and half day in length. Delegates attending the ones held so far have responded very positively and all engaged in weed, pest and disease control in amenity situations would find them really valuable. For further information, check out the website or email

One of the events coming up soon is to be held at Newton Aycliffe in County Durham on 2 March for those involved in amenity in the North East. All updating events are free to attend but please register your place by emailing Alan Spedding at the address stated above. 

The Amenity Forum is the voluntary initiative for the amenity sector promoting best practice and acts as a unified voice for all aspects of weed, pest and disease control. Its members are committed to continuing to drive up standards and ensure safe and sustainable practices. 
John Moverley, Independent Forum Chairman, says: "This year, even more than previous, is a time to attend our updating events, not just for the quality of information and networking available, but also so we can send out a strong message of the sector commitment to best practice."