Landscape & Amenity

September 2020

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Hard & Soft Landscaping The latest news & case studies Pages 8-9 Estate Management Helping to create world class landscapes Pages 11-16 Pages 18-20 Brushcutters Tackling tough & challenging terrain L a n d s c a p e & A m e n i t y w w w . l a n d s c a p e a n d a m e n i t y. c o m September 2020 STRI launch golf survey SALTEX 2021 moves into next gear as industry continues to recover Early indications for the 75th edition of SALTEX, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham on 3 and 4 March 2021, are extremely positive following overwhelming industry support and the welcome news that exhibitions and events have been given the go ahead to restart from the start of October. SALTEX has been serving the grounds management industry since 1938. Since then, the show has developed in stature and reputation and is now recognised as the industry's s h o w c a s e e v e n t c r e a t i n g opportunity for all who attend. Geoff Webb, CEO of the Grounds Management Association, believes that the historic exhibition will be a huge first step towards the industry's recovery. "We believe that there comes a point where we lay the foundations for recovery and we of course want SALTEX in March to be a catalyst for this to showcase products, demonstrate the innovation this industry possesses, engage, network, renew acquaintances and generate new business for our exhibitors. In fact, we are making every provision to build assurance for a positive 'return on investment' for our exhibitors." All eyes now turn towards delivering a successful event with the potential protocols that may be in place as a direct result of Covid-19. SALTEX is in the safest and most professional of hands according to Geoff. "The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is one of the foremost venues in the UK and as such is at the heart of discussions as to how to run events safely and securely," he continued. "The GMA has also taken advantage of its membership with the Association of Exhibition Organisers (AEO), who are closely working with the Events Owners Association (EOA), the STRI Group has announced the launch of a new golf course industry focused survey to support The R&A Golf Course 2 0 3 0 ( G C 2 0 3 0 ) i n d u s t r y initiative established in 2018. STRI was awarded a number of GC2030 projects to help meet the projected challenges that the golf industry will face over the next ten years, including, golf green quality standard, g r a s s s e l e c t i o n , a g g r e g a t e availability, Integrated Turf Management (ITM), and water management. The BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) will not take place in January 2021 as anticipated, with an alternative 'festival of turf' planned for summer 2021. The event's organisers, the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association, has cancelled the popular trade exhibition due to the ongoing uncertainty relating to the coronavirus pandemic, having prioritised the health and wellbeing of its members, exhibitors, staff and other attendees. BIGGA's world-leading education programme, Continue to Learn, is held alongside BTME each year and will still take place during January 2021, albeit as an online event and with an altered timetable BIGGA cancels annual turf exhibition designed to reflect the new digital platform. A full programme of speakers will enable BIGGA members to access the world class education they have come to expect from the comfort of home or at their place of employment. The announcement of an alternative event in summer 2021 will enable BIGGA to explore options for hosting the event outdoors, which current understanding of the infectious disease indicates will make for a safe event and will allow improved social distancing measures to be implemented. The Harrogate Convention Centre, home to BTME since its inauguration as the European Turf Association of Event Venues (AEV), and the Event Suppliers and Services Association (ESSA) – which covers almost every facet of the events industry, looking at the impact of the pandemic globally, as well as the UK from an events management perspective. "We're very proud to have established these excellent working relationships and it has allowed us to learn from others, network, and input into the guidance now issued and being supported and used by Government. The events sector is holding some pilot exhibitions over the coming weeks to detail the best procedures to ensure exhibitions are the best possible environments for staff, exhibitors, and visitors alike. "Learning from these pilots will be addressed. In the meantime, we are currently mapping out several scenarios based on restrictions that may be in place in Spring 2021, so the event runs safely and efficiently, while creating a positive experience for both visitors and exhibitors." SALTEX The new golf industry survey will focus on Integrated Turf Management of Poa/Bent Parkland Greens and the results will allow STRI to review current practices and use of Synthetic Plant Protection Products (SPPP), as well as water management issues such as drought or flooding. STRI will produce an interactive best practice handbook, for the management of Poa/Bent golf greens in a parkland setting based on the survey results. STRI Group Care for your grass in multiple ways, all in one cost-effective machine. British equipment suited to all budgets and pitch sizes. Contact us today for a free 80 page bro chure 01473 328272 • .LAPU Banner 4GCS_LAPU Strip 19/08/2019 11:23 Page 1 At SALTEX 2019, the post- show survey revealed that 96 per cent of exhibitors generated new sales leads and 82 per cent took orders then and there on the show floor. The visitor survey further revealed that 79 per cent of SALTEX visitors had purchasing responsibility and 77 per cent had the ability to sign-off on amounts of more than £50,000. Therefore, it is no surprise, that SALTEX 2019 exhibitors are still reporting a high conversion rate from the leads they generated at last year's show. These figures have resulted in SALTEX 2021 witnessing a record-breaking loyalty period with over 75 per cent of exhibitors returning, including many stand upgrades and an influx of debut exhibitors. The new Spring dates have not only been welcomed by exhibitors. A large proportion of visitors have voiced their support for the 2021 show with many claiming that they will be in the hunt for new products and services. Management Exhibition (ETME) in 1989, has been utilised as an NHS Nightingale Hospital since the peak of the outbreak in April. BIGGA

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