Find the latest COVID-19 (Coronavirus) statements and strategies from BALI.
This page provides the latest position statements from BALI Landscape House, in accordance with Government advice received from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and The Scottish Government, as well as from other industry bodies.
BALI's Restart & Rebuild Strategy
BALI issues latest statement 13 May 2020 following the Government’s revisions to its recently published COVID-19 guidance.
Government announces new COVID-19 measures
The Prime Minister outlined the Government's latest position on COVID-19, raising even more questions.
Following the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on Sunday 10 May 2020, where Boris Johnson described the alterations to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) measures, the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) is once again seeking urgent clarification from Westminster and Scottish Government on what the measures mean for those working in the ornamental horticulture sector which employs over 500,000 workers, with a specific focus on the landscape services industry which delivers an £11bn annual tax contribution to the UK economy, making it significantly larger than aerospace.
Landscape maintenance of amenity spaces and commercial assets amounts to more than just cutting the grass. Following a request by BALI-NCF members, BALI has written a statement for clients considering scaling down maintenance works in light of financial pressures brought about by COVID-19. Click here to read the statement.
BALI reaffirms its position on COVID-19 (coronavirus) following Government updates to guidelines for businesses in England. These updates include changes which affect the way site-based businesses are permitted to work. BALI has now completed its review of the documents, which apply for employers and businesses in England only.
The team has extracted the salient information and outlined the relevant points through this link.
BALI issues open letter to members following Government response.
BALI issues new COVID-19 statement from Chief Executive Wayne Grills.
BALI is taking the necessary measures to protect its members’ staff and their clients by recommending all BALI member businesses temporarily cease trading for a period of 48 hours, lasting until 7pm on Thursday 26 March. Find out more in our latest position statement here.
BALI has compiled a Frequently Asked Questions document related to the landscape industry. Click here to access.
The growing concerns surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) are likely to impact CSCS’s ability to issue LISS/CSCS cards to some first-time applicants or those wishing to renew their card prior to expiry. Read our latest statement here.
We are aware that many BALI members and industry colleagues are waiting for further clarification on whether they should or should not be going to work following the latest Government advice issued by The Prime Minister on the 23 March 2020.
Following an influx of calls, emails and social posts over the past 12 hours from our Twitter page and Members-Only Closed Facebook Group, requesting BALI seek additional guidance, we have already made contact with MPs and Government officials overnight and throughout this morning, and we are waiting on further clarification on questions we have raised before publishing our own statement.
BALI's four-point strategy
To help its members, BALI has published its four-point COVID-19 (coronavirus) strategy, designed to support member businesses and associated individuals affected by the pandemic over the next three months. BALI, whose membership totals around 2,000 members, over 960 of which are Registered, has announced its new strategy to provide a much-needed lifeline for those who may be struggling to cope.
BALI's COVID-19 Business Impact Survey Results
BALI launched a survey to members on Friday 20 March 2020. The results have now been collated following 74 member submissions. Members will have to log in to access the results using their website login details. The survey can be accessed under documents on the right-hand side of this page (or towards the bottom of the page on mobile).