Hard Landscaping Show organisers aim to double size of show in 2011

Figures show more than 850 visitors attended the first Hard Landscaping Show last week.

Total attendance at the Hard Landscaping Show in Coventry last week was 859.

Almost a quarter of the total visitors - who comprised landscape architects, landscape contractors, designers, garden retail, and local authorities - were from the south east.

The second largest proportion of visitors was from the Midlands.

In addition, international visitors from Germany, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia and Eire, made up 5% of the total.

Organiser Marwood Events consultant Steven Callaghan explained: "We were thwarted in our attempt to hit 1,000 visitors by the northbound section of the M6 being blocked by an accident on Thursday morning.

"However something that has been stressed by all of the exhibitors that I spoke to was the high quality of the visitors and the absence of 'tyre kickers'."
Callaghan added he aimed to double the size of the show in 2011, which will be held at the Ricoh Arena again on 30-31 March.

"As stand orders already number in the tens of thousands of pounds for next year we are optimistic that this is achievable," he said.

For more coverage of the show, and a vox pop quizzing exhibitors and visitors on their thoughts on the show, see HW magazine 2 April.

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