Yesterday, ART delivered two seminar events to East Ayrshire Council. Commencing at 8.30am in the Lesser Town Hall, Cumnock, East Ayrshire staff were given an insight into managing Non Native Invasive Weeds and Biosecurity. Chris Horril from RAFTs was on hand to talk about new legislation and Biosecurity whilst Trust staff delivered presentations relating to good practice, recognition and control. East Ayrshire provided the venues and the delegates from many departments and importantly many groundcare staff were in attendance. A second seminar followed at 1.00pm at Dean Castle Auditorium in Kilmarnock.

The title slide from one of the presentations.

Both seminars were well attended (filled to capacity) with around 140 East Ayrshire Council staff hearing our message. The feedback received after the events was very positive and some managers recognised that changes to operating practices would contribute to improving East Ayrshire’s performance when dealing with these species. We are looking forward to working closely with EAC in future and will provide whatever support we can.

Gillian McIntyre and Chris Horril surrounded by many groundcare staff at the auditorium in Kilmarnock.

Our thanks to David Law and East Ayrshire Council for their support organising the event and throughout the day and for the excellent venues provided. Also many thanks to Chris Horrill from RAFTS for his valuable input. We hope to be able to run similar sessions for both North and South Ayrshire Councils in the near future.