The Standard is being administered by the Amenity Forum and any Amenity Standard organisation must be a member of an approved assurance scheme. Organisations will not pay any extra to be part of the Standard; only that required to be a member of the relevant assurance scheme. The Forum audits the schemes involved not the individual organisations. To be part of the Amenity Standard please contact your relevant assurance scheme for details.
The Amenity Assured Scheme has been developed by key UK organisations which have the responsibility to address the concerns of government, local authorities and many other amenity organisations with regard to amenity weed control.
The aim of the Standard is to:
- Set standards
- Audit contractor performance
- Certificate staff and businesses
- Award on merit the associated qualifications
Why is Amenity Assured Needed?
The Control of weeds, diseases and plant related pests is an important part of site hygiene, hazard prevention, aesthetics and avoidance of risk. The safe and legally approved application of pesticides and biocides is a key part of integrated, effective and efficient control of these problems. The application of professional products must be carried out by a qualified operator (or by one who is supervised by a qualified person).
In every facet of life there is variability in the quality of performance. To remove that variation in pesticide operation between different operators, and to ensure a consistent standard of performance, with reliability of results, value for money and minimisation of risk, it is important that work is carried out by suitably qualified, audited and approved operators (e.g. Amenity Assured).
The AMENITY ASSURED SCHEME is also endorsed by the Chemicals Regulation Division, the Environment Agency, the Amenity Forum and the Crop Protection Association. Also by the Local Government Association where pesticide application is deemed the most appropriate course of action, for local authority situations.
The scheme is operated by BASIS Registration, to find out more information on this scheme please click here.
The contractors associated with this scheme are provided by BASIS and can be located here https://www.basis-reg.co.uk/documents/Amenity-Assured-Compliant-Contractors-List.pdf
The Lawn Assured Scheme was launched after the sector was seen to need a standard similar to that of the established Amenity Assured Scheme, where a voluntary approach was required to demonstrate to both the public and regulatory authorities that the industry is taking the responsible use of pesticides seriously via independent verification.
BASIS is not an enforcement body, we aim to help companies meet legal, regulatory and best practice standards. Our auditing team are very experienced and highly trained individuals who will advise and assist but the fact that an independent audit has taken place will help to reassure the regulatory bodies and the general public that pesticides are used responsibly and the public and environment protected. This meets with the National Action Plan and the requirements of the Sustainable Use Directive with regard to non-agricultural use of professional pesticides.
The scheme is operated by BASIS Registration, to find out more information on this scheme please click here
The Property Care Association’s (PCA) Invasive Weed section of membership provides consumers with a means of identifying specialist contractors and consultants who can undertake invasive weed control services to help with the management of Japanese knotweed and other invasive plant species. With a strict criteria for PCA membership, members listed as experts in the control and management of invasive species are capable of offering the highest levels of technical knowledge and practical skill.
For more information on the PCA and to find a specialist invasive weed member, visit the PCA Website