Visitors to this year's Four Oaks trade show opening today will be able to see a wide range of new products, with companies submitting more than 100 entries to the Four Oaks awards.
Leading plant suppliers including Ball Colegrave, Young Plants and Kernock Park Plants will battle it out for the new plant awards, while entries from companies such as Bord Na Mona UK, Fargro and NP Structures will compete in the products and services categories.
The awards will be judged this morning by an expert team of judges, and the results will be announced this evening. Brian Crosby and Chris Day will be judging the new plant awards. Meanwhile, Andrew Richardson and Wayne Brough will judge the product, services and stands awards.
With more than 480 exhibitors booked,the show is likely to break recent records, including plant suppliers from the UK and overseas with a wide range of plant introductions, and suppliers of professional products and services for growers.
The two day event includes a seminar programme, starting at 11am each day, covering a range of topics and featuring speakers Peter Seabrook, John Adlam and John Connel among others.
A number of companies will launch new products at the show, such as Eagle Plants, which will use Four Oaks to launch its 2013 Perennials catalogue at stand D10-11 and Floramedia, which will launch a new version of its FloraLinQ QR code system at 11am today at stand D120-121a.