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DEVELOPMENT OF NEW PEST CONTROL COURSE

Lantra have been working closely with RAMPS (The Register of Accredited Metallic Phosphide Schemes) to develop a training course and recognised qualification for users of aluminium phosphide. As from November 2015 to be able to purchase or use aluminium phosphide commercially, users will need to hold a Level 2 Award in The Safe Use of Aluminium Phosphide for Vertebrate Pest Control providing them with a licence to practice. The new training and qualification will be launched on 1 April 2013.

The impending changes has required Lantra Awards to update the Rodent Control and Rabbit & Mole Control courses, removing reference to the application of aluminium phosphide. The courses will be replaced with new courses specific to the trapping of Rodents, Rabbits and Moles and will be entitled Rodent Control Trapping Techniques and Rabbit and Mole Control Trapping Techniques which will be available from 1 April. Users who are required to use aluminium phosphide will need to complete the
training course (1 day) and Level 2 qualification (assessment 2 hours per learner) in The Safe Use of Aluminium Phosphide for Vertebrate Pest Control.

Learners who have completed Lantra Awards training for Rodent Control (including Aluminium phosphide) and/or Rabbit and Mole Control prior to the 1 April, certificates will be recognised with suppliers to purchase aluminium phosphide until 26 November 2015.


IMAGINE! Sitting on a veranda, the sun going down, the roaring of lions . In Kent?

Well this is exactly what it was like this year at the Landscape Training Group AGM which took place at The Wildlife Heritage Foundation, Smarden on Wednesday 4th July.

Home of the Big Cat Sanctuary, WHF is a UK based charity working hard to ensure that the big cat species of the world are protected from extinction. They are an active partner in the European Endangered Species Breeding Programmes (EEP), having recent success with Amur Leopards (arguably the most endangered cat in the world), the Amur Tiger and the Sumatran Tiger. WHF offers Big Cat Experiences, Ranger days, and Photography workshops and building of some of the recent enclosures has been supported by corporate events, however WHF is not a zoo, and is not open to the general public, so having a personal tour was a real treat! See http://whf.org.uk/ for more information about this amazing and best kept secret in Kent.

After refreshments we were privileged to be taken on a guided tour by the head keeper, and saw the largest (Amur Tiger) and smallest (Rusty Spotted) cats in the world. We saw the servals being fed, tempting pieces of chicken being put out for the rusty spotted cats, which meant we did see them, all but fleetingly, and the pumas were given a scatter feed, so once again we saw these beautiful cats moving around their enclosures.

There followed a short and relaxed AGM, in which we were able to present accounts for a good financial year despite a slow start, and despite the current economic conditions. Surplus funds will be used to subsidise members on courses over the next year. And we welcomed in the new chairman - Ian Lansley of Whiteley Village. This was followed b a barbecue on the veranda, with the lions on one side and tigers on the other!

Photo Credits:
Lynx and Clouded Leopard - Sam Baylis, Jaguar and White Lion - Hannah Peirson (aged 13), Crowd - Woody Woodcock

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PAT Testing - Competent Person Course
Coming soon at a venue near you
Price - 155 + VAT

Competent Persons Course - This is a one day PAT testing course designed to equip you with the necessary practical skills and knowledge to carry out the inspection and testing to meet the legal requirements in your workplace. The course is based on the IEE Code of Practice and is made as practical as possible with the emphasis on hands on learning. Delegates will receive a certificate of competence upon completion of a short test.

The two day C&G course is also available, please contact us for more information


AGM 2011
Our AGM this year was held on Thursday 1st September 2011 at The Wiremill Restaurant near Lingfield. AGM minutes and accounts are always available to any member if you would like to see them.


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Last year's AGM was held at Bedgebury Pinetum in June 2010. The day was spent with a guided tour of the pinetum with a guide from Friends of Pinetum, followed by a meeting, lunch and then a spot of Archery!

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And during the AGM meeting....

Coblands Landscapes' Jon Roy receives the Landscape Training Group's 5th Award for Excellence in the Workplace

Pictured left to right:- Colin Viccars (Coblands), Jon Roy, Louise Reynolds, Andrew Baylis (LTG Chairman and Baylis Landscape Contractors Ltd)

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The 'LTG Award for Excellence' was presented at the Liberty offices in Kings Hill on December 10th, but was repeated at the AGM in front of the membership. The 500 bursary is offered annually to one successful individual from nominations received from member organisations, and is split equally between the individual and the employer. Criteria for the award are based upon self motivation, reliability, enthusiasm, selflessness and dedication. There is a simple nomination form, which should be accompanied if possible with testimonials from colleagues and/or customers. There is no age limit.

The Landscape Training Group is run by a committee made up of members from the landscape and related sectors. The aim of the group is "to advise, co-ordinate and arrange courses, testing and certification relating to the specific training needs of individuals and companies within the landscape and related industries". It provides quality, local, short, cost effective training courses in practical skills, safety and management topics, developed to meet demands, primarily operating in the South-East.

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