In the month that has seen Britain’s climate reach unprecedented levels of 40C for the first time, the Grounds Management Association (GMA) stresses the need to put sustainability and environmental issues at the heart of the thinking of the groundskeeping industry – and at the heart of SALTEX’s Learning LIVE sessions.
GMA Managing Director Geoff Webb said: “Those who manage and maintain sports turf and green spaces are already dealing with the impact of climate change and industry suppliers are doing their best to innovate and helping people on the ground minimize the impact of droughts and floods. .
“Severe weather conditions are becoming more common, and we must continue to educate grounds staff and plan now to ensure that as an industry we are equipped to deal with what lies ahead.”
Announcing the speakers for Europe’s leading sports turf, equipment and landscaping trade show, SALTEX, which is free and organized by the GMA, Geoff Webb explains the value of attending the Learning LIVE sessions at the show.
“Learning LIVE has been designed to provide support, information and real solutions to key industry issues including those related to sustainability and the environment and we are delighted to confirm a growing list of impressive expert speakers .”
A presentation not to be missed will be that of Tony Hanson, Managing Director, Environmental Solutions International and Robin Price, Director of Quality and Environment at Anglian Water. Geoff says: “Their article on ‘Reducing the impact of future water restrictions on golf courses and sports grounds’ is a hot topic as we deal with the results of climate change and approach water restrictions. drought in this country. Tony and Robin will examine the implications of temporary use bans and changes to water withdrawal rules, and how this will prevent lawn irrigation in 2023 and ways to implement water resilience practices.
Tony Hanson explains the importance of this topic for the industry: “Due to climate change, population growth and historically high personal consumption, there simply isn’t enough water available in the UK. without action – the water sector will have to use demand management to ensure public supply Lawn irrigation simply needs to become less dependent on the network or direct irrigation abstraction.
“The Water Resilience Plan was designed to guide users on what to do and to keep them informed of seminars and workshops funded by the water industry. If you irrigate lawn, you will need to look at alternative water sources for irrigation, create an on-site water reservoir – water that you control and can use in a drought to cover at least 21 days and review and evaluate your management and irrigation system. I look forward to discussing all of these elements at SALTEX.
This year’s SALTEX 2022 Learning LIVE program has been expanded to over 30 sessions, with additional articles addressing key issues for the grounds maintenance industry in compensation, career development, bargaining on the place to work and find millions of books. grants available from sports clubs.
More information about the SALTEX 2022 Learning LIVE program can be found on the event website at www.saltex.org.uk/learning-live. Free visitor registration is now open. Visit saltex.org.uk or register here.
Alongside the Learning LIVE programme, visitors to SALTEX 2022 will be able to see more than 400 industry brands in one place – all aligning the best products on offer for today’s growing needs. It also offers visitors a great opportunity to network with industry colleagues and make new business connections.
The show takes place at the Birmingham NEC in the city center on November 2-3.