In his concluding remarks, John Moverley, Independent Chairman of the Forum, highlighted the following core messages:
- Weed, pest and disease control is essential and important
- It is vital for health, safety and our environment
- We must demonstrate our commitment to best practice
- We must adopt an integrated approach looking at all options available for control
- We must respond to challenge with proper respect based upon science & evidence
- We must be united in our response
At the conference, the Forum also launched its Getmoving campaign with a range of multimedia materials now available. The campaign is targeted at three key groups, those who work in the sector itself, those who are key stakeholders and importantly the public. A core message is that weed, pest and disease control is essential and impacts upon the lives of every UK citizen. Short video clips are part of the material available, designed specifically at the public covering a variety of aspects of daily life. The Forum is asking everyone to disseminate these materials widely and take out the message. It is important that we are proud of what is done and its importance in social, economic and environmental terms.
Keeping Britain Moving is a vital task and one in which all involved in amenity weed, pest and disease control play a part.
The Amenity Forum is the voluntary initiative and voice for the sector on all matters concerning weed, pest and disease control. It cannot succeed in everything but it presents the case strongly to government and all involved. The Forum’s work is very much supported in the UK by decision makers and, in all the changes arising from BREXIT and in any other areas, will certainly fight the case for amenity and its important and essential role.