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IOG Saltex seminars address changing landscape
July 26, 2011

This year's IOG SALTEX show is dedicating a series of focused education seminars as well as a jaw-dropping exhibition feature to satisfy the needs of the army of open space professionals including planners, play officers, landscapers and contractors, as well as arboriculturalists visiting this year's show at Windsor on September 6-8.

In addition to the enthralling Green Infrastructure Landscape Feature being co-ordinated by landscape contractor Dave Hunt of Hunt Contractors, plus dozens of exhibitors displaying equipment specifically for landscapers, the programme of free-to-attend seminars includes a host of sessions that landscapers cannot afford to miss.

On each day in The Grandstand, Adam White CMLI - a RHS Gold Medal and BBC People's Choice Award-winning chartered landscape architect - will present 'Design, management and maintenance of playful landscapes - helping you make the right decisions'.

He will share his experience of how he has designed, managed and fostered local ownership of his award-winning Playscape projects, specifically looking at how early design decisions can help reduce the challenges of everyday maintenance.

Adam, a Director of Davies White Landscape Architects and the design ambassador for the Homes & Communities Agency, is a pioneer of the Playscape design approach which promotes challenges, nature and risk in a playful landscape environment.

Then there's 'Green networks and the importance of planning at a local level', being presented by urban designer Liz Kessler. She will focus on the importance of local neighbourhood plans for identifying a series of projects that together can add up to a 'green network' - in the context of opportunities and challenges arising from the emerging policies for localism and neighbourhood planning.

Landscape and planning consultant Ian Phillips, from the Landscape Institute, will discuss how 'Green infrastructure can be delivered at a local level'. His presentation will explain the underlying principles of green infrastructure and look at how it can be progressed under emerging localism agenda.

BALI's Business Development Manager, Denise Ewbank, will discuss 'Landscaping - combining quality, training and safety for business benefit'.

She will focus on how three major industry initiatives - NHSS 18-National Highways Sector Scheme for the Natural Environment and Landscape, including Ecology; the Landbased Industry Skills Scheme; and the reviewed and updated Register of Landbased Operatives Health and Safety Awareness Course - are designed to promote quality, training and safety.

And she'll explain how when employed in combination, these initiatives deliver benefits for clients, employers and employees.

'Paying for Greenspace - new opportunities - facing challenges' is the title of the presentation that will be made by Around The Block 's Director Sue Morgan. She will examine ways in which greenspace projects and management can be funded, and how to make the most of emerging planning policies.

Of course, no IOG SALTEX Open Space Matters education programme would be complete without the ever-popular panel debate hosted by Horticulture Week .

This year's theme is 'How to survive your toughest maintenance budget ever', and a panel of leading groundscare practitioners will gather to share ideas and solutions to help cope with reduced maintenance budgets - from rethinking grass maintenance regimes and better machinery management to re-configuring tree regimes.

Seminars on tree care are also popular IOG SALTEX features, and this year sees the return of Rhoderic Taylor and Jack Kenyon - respectively, chairman of the AA Education & Training Committee and Lecturer & Course Manager for professional and craft Arboriculture Courses at Merrist Wood (Guildford College).

Rhoderic will discuss 'Tree safety and inspections - the owners' obligations', while Jack will focus on 'Tree Inspection and bio-mechanics'.

Jack explains: "Claus Mattheck describes what he calls the 'Body Language of Trees', which indicates potential weaknesses and failure points in trees.  This presentation will review key bio-mechanical features which may indicate weakness in trees and includes recent research on shear failure in branches, the stem, at the base of the stem and roots."

This year also sees the return of the keenly attended open forum, 'Contractors and contracting - maintaining quality and awareness', where a series of speakers and panel of experts from The Contractors Forum, and others, will discuss how contractors can help inform debate and support the continued delivery of quality services.

In addition, the programme also includes not-to-be-missed sessions on:

[] 'Quality compost - a resource efficiency solution in turf and landscape management', presented by WRAP's Lee Best, who will illustrate how disease suppression, reduced fertiliser and herbicide needs, better root growth/establishment and increased drought resistance are just some of the benefits of quality compost.

[] ' Amenity pesticide use - critical times', presented by John Moverley, Chairman of the Amenity Forum. "With changes in legislation, funding cuts and related items, the focus on amenity pesticide use has never been greater," he says. "All users need to be fully aware of developments and act appropriately."

[] 'Greening your greens: sustainability in sporting events', presented by Katy Carlisle of Positive Impact. She will discuss w hy sustainability is relevant to your sporting events. How you can start to become more sustainable - including an overview of standards & reporting, plus a case study illustrating benefits.

In addition, the IOG Education Programme also includes a three-day series of presentations specifically targeting the needs of turf managers.

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