Feedback from the most recent MAP Live event at Knotty Hill Sedgefield shows just how much the regionality of the series is appreciated.
With some of the biggest brands in groundscare present - highlights included Campey in conjunction with Greenlay bringing their own brands plus Dakota, Omarv, Raycam, Koro, Imants and John Deere; Lloyd showing Kubota, Allett, Etesia, Great Dane, Wessex and Blec; and Fleet Line Markers running a competition to win a Kombi Spray Marking Machine.
Ian Dickenson visiting from AllTrades noted "'Great to see an independent outside event with top brands in the North East.
Thanks we look forward to the next", while exhibitor Alistair Whitby of Lloyds said: "it's nice to be part of something that will be a big success for local business; we look forward to the 2014 version" Bobby McDougall of Aitkens, fresh from the Falkirk event and also representing Everris, Bayer and Johnsons Sports Seed said 'Exhibiting at MAP Live Falkirk has been an excellent chance to meet new clients from different sectors."
With the final event in the 2013 series (test the best machines in groundscare) with a focus on how to gain excellent groundscare results when headcount and budget may have been slashed is taking place at Chepstow Racecourse NP16 6BE.
It also offers the final chance to enter the Fleet Line Markers competition and the opportunity to hear speaker Jodie Read MSc, AIEMA, GradIOSH, Chair of the Wales Regional Committee of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), about on the value and simplicity of ROLO, the scheme that ensures minimum H & S standards.
Clare Johnson, Director of MAP Live Ltd, said: "We are delighted to welcome Jodie to MAP Live, and appreciate the support that both the BALI and so many other key stakeholders in our industry are giving the initiative.
With the launch of the MAP Live Innovation Awards, winners to be announced at the end of the 2014 series, the cross-industry collaboration enters its next phase".
These are in response to consistent feedback from both exhibitors and visitors to the MAP Live series of regional demo days that they would like to see innovation in the groundscare industry more widely recognised.
Nominations can cover a project, machine, technique, company or technology. You're welcome to nominate something that you've been involved in and it could also be a good opportunity for you to nominate a team member in your organisation.
Those received so far include
Falkirk Council: for their gateway scheme which includes high impact planting when entering area and on roundabouts.
Knotty Hill Golf Centre as the only reported golf centre to cut greens with 5-head mower and fairway with a rotary.
Blec Global for their innovative sandfiller.
Campey Turfcare Systems, which under the vision of Richard Campey has represented innovation for over 25 years.
Bristol City Council for two projects - Wild City Initiative and Meadow Bristol.
Cheltenham Borough Council for two projects - . the restoration of Montpellier Gardens and the new master plan for Pittville Park.
Newport City Council for two projects - Newport in Bloom and landscaping elements of their regeneration programme.
South Gloucestershire Council for the redevelopment of Page Park.
Torfaen County Borough Council for the redevelopment of Pontypool Park.
Blakedown Landscapes for its plans to transform Newport Old Town Dock into a new 'suburb'.
Entry and parking are free; all visitor who pre-register will be entered into the free prize draw for an iPad; register at www.mapliveltd.co.uk