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By Laurence Gale MSc

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There was plenty to see with well over 400 exhibitors. Official attendance figures have not yet been issued but my feeling was that the the opening day (Tuesday) was comparatively quiet with the Wednesday and Thursday being busier.

There were a number of new products and services launched which included:

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The Ransomes Jacobsen Spider, a remote controlled rotary mower for steep banks. Winner of "Best New Landscape Product".

A range of soil relievers and rollers from DJ Turfcare.

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SISIS Aer-Aid system which won the "Best New Sportsground Product".

Lloyds of Letchworth promoting a new hover mower.

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Cleveland Sitesafes won a silver award for their stand.

Complete Weed Control launched their redeveloped Weed-IT machine.

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Two new variable width turf cutters by Groundsman Industries

Sherriff Amenity Services launched a covered boom spray system which can be used in windy conditions.



More detailed articles on new products can be found in the Saltex section on the site.

Educational bodies were in attendance promoting their courses, includsaltex2004-plumpton-colege.jpg

Three colleges - Askham Bryan, Plumpton and Reaseheath were battling it out in the National Finals of the Landscape Skills Competition. The competition involved the colleges having to build and construct a landscape feature in threes days. All three colleges had the same design to complete. The eventual winners were Plumpton College.

The daily seminars were popular with a number of key issues discussed. Of particular interest were Funding for medium and small clubs by Kieran Humphrey of Sport England and Managing and maintaining natural turf in a stadium environment by Mike Harbridge and John Hacker of PSD.

According to reports, a debate on Natural grass v Artificial surfaces was particularly lively and resulted in a few heated exchanges.

One of the highlights was the FA's Groundsman of the Year Awards on the Wednesday. The awards, in particular, recognised the work of the Groundsmen who keep the grass roots football pitches in prime condition. Adrian Smith of Tiptree United, Ron sturgess of Barnet FC and Colin James of Belvedere FC were the main category winners, with Mark Soper and Lynne Hallum receiving an award on behalf of Harrogate Council. A full report on the awards is on the Pitchcare site in the Football section.

Other awards at the show were:

Best Marketing Initiative, sponsored by Horiculture Week - R & R Rainbow

Best New Sportsground Product, sponsored by The Landscape and Amenity Buyer - SISIS Aer-Aid

Best New Landscape Product, sponsored by The Landscape and Amenity Buyer - Ransomes Jacobsen Spider

Britain's Best Parks, sponsored by Briggs & Stratton - Hazlehead Park in Aberdeen. The park, managed and maintained by Aberdeen City Council, combines excellence in garden design and maintenance with facilities for every generation including a maze, pet's corner, crazy golf and a safe play area.

Many of the exhibitors I spoke to during the show were pleased with the attendance figures. Let's hope that all who took part reap the benefits of their hard work in promoting their products and services.

Members views on the show would be welcomed.

This year's Exhibitor stand awards:

Category A Stands less than 50 Square metres

Gold

F51

Cannons Turf

Silver

H41
F43

S Grundon (Ewelme) Ltd
E P Barrus ( Industrial Engines)

Bronze

H39
X05

Eden Park
Vicol Supplies

Category B Stands between 50 -99 Square metres

Gold

I05

Town & Country

Silver

P12

Hypro EU Ltd

Bronze

T48
C19

Prime irrigation
ATG

Category C Stands 100 Square metres

Gold

P36

Bernhard & Co

Silver

V2

Streetcare

Bronze

S17
Q15

Joseph Rochford
Graden / Turfmasters

Category D Stands 101-199 Square metres

Gold

B16

Lloyds of Letchworth

Silver

D21
V38

Cleveland Sitesafes
Cleanaway

Bronze

S25
A57

Bourne Amenity
Ariens / Oregon

Category E Stands 200 and 300 Square metres

Gold

E01

Scotts

Silver

R02
Q16

Vauxhall
Volvo

Bronze

Q12
E
W44

SCH Supplies
Sherriff
Countax Ltd

Category F Stands over 300 Square metres

Gold

A01
T60

Wicksteed Leisure Ltd
Hall Market Turf machinery

Silver

A26
W23

Hags Play Ltd
Kubota (UK) Ltd

Bronze

R18
W09
V15

JCB Groundcare
Hayter Ltd
Ransomes Jacobsen Ltd

Category G Exhibition Hall

Gold

EH19

Miocrotech Productions

Silver

EH21a

PA Weathercentre

Bronze

EH04

Myerscough College



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