Free-to-attend Amenity Forum Updating event at Forest Green Rovers FC

The GMA is supporting a free-to-attend Amenity Forum Updating event - for best practice in all aspects of weed, pest and disease control - at Forest Green Rovers FC on Tuesday 20 March.

It will interest anyone involved in the amenity sector but especially those involved in sports turf and its maintenance.

If you are interested in attending and require more information, please email

The day will start with tea and coffee at 9.45am and will end, after a free lunch, with a tour of the Forest Green Rovers facility led by head groundsman Adam Witchell.


10:05 – Amenity Forum Policy Update: What is the National Action Plan? How is it impacting upon the sector? What are the challenges and opportunities going forward? Chemicals Regulation Division - HSE

10:25 - Operating at best practice standards and training needs: What are Amenity Assured standards and why and how should we apply them? What are the benefits of continuous professional development and why is our attitude to training so important going forward? Peter Corbett, BASIS Registration

10:45 - Taking an integrated approach to weed, pest and disease control: This session will focus on a holistic approach making use of all methods available, chemical and non chemical and update on recent research developments Christian Spring, STRI

11:05 - Effective and efficient use of chemicals for weed, pest and disease control: Pesticide use is under the spotlight and their use controlled. This emphasises even more the need for efficient and timely application. What are the key elements in ensuring your sprayer equipment is set correctly for optimum use? What are the routine checks essential and the legal requirements for sprayer testing NSTS

11:25 - Break

11:49 - A review of current issues impacting on our sector in terms of weed, pest & disease management: Taking a sector view; summary of key messages and actions needed John Moverley, Amenity Forum

12:00 - Question Time session

12:20 - Presentation by host organisations – Germinal and Consolidate Turf

13:20 - Lunch

Pitch tour, led by FGR’s head groundsman Adam Witchell