What is your business? Are you involved in sports surfaces, landscaping, play provision or tree maintenance? Then IoG Saltex 2013 is the event for you. The wide-ranging needs of everyone working in the maintenance and management of open spaces - from horticulturists and arborists to grounds care professionals and play officers - are met by the hundreds of products on show, many for the first time. Mowers, top dressing, chainsaws, trees, shrubs, planters, fertilisers, tools, tractors, turf care kit, swings and roundabouts - they are all here.
There are also areas devoted to demonstrations of machinery, plus new "on the showground" features. A new STATS Zone brings together suppliers of seeds, turf, aggregates and treatments. PlayFair will also be there, covering the play industry.
IoG Saltex provides the platform to boost knowledge, find solutions to problems and ignite new ideas. There will be a comprehensive programme of free advice sessions, educational seminars, open debates and networking events. In addition to the Ask the Expert sessions, workshop-style panel debates will feature some of the country's leading grounds professionals. These debates cover issues such as multi-use sports venues and surfaces, "doing more for less" to fit your strained budget, how to attract young people into the industry, and effective grounds-management training.
Representatives from key national governing bodies of sport will also add weight to the event. The Football Association is planning a presentation on its national facilities strategy and its impact on grassroots football and playing fields. The England and Wales Cricket Board will present its national club strategy, while the Rugby Football League will discuss its pitch improvement programme.
On the Wednesday, the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association will host a series of seminars, while bowling greens come under the spotlight in a presentation on thatch management. There are also sessions for those needing to deliver expectations for natural sports turf and for clubs interested in multi-use games areas. A tree clinic will help arborists keep their trees healthy.
As well as the British Association of Landscape Industries' AGM on the Wednesday and the National Contractors Forum open debate, the Amenity Forum will host a pesticides workshop on the Tuesday. Chairman John Moverley will host the event, with panellists including the Forum's education and training committee chairman Paul Singleton and Languard managing director Will Kay.
Event: IoG Saltex
Where: Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 5JJ
When: 3-5 September (Tuesday and Wednesday 9am-5pm, Thursday 9am-4.15pm)
How to get there: By car: From London, exit the M4 at junction six and follow the signs. Towards London, leave the M4 at junction eight or nine. Set SatNavs to SL4 5JJ. By train: Windsor & Eton Central or Windsor & Eton Riverside stations. A free water taxi runs every 30 minutes from the town centre riverside to IoG Saltex.
Admission: Entrance to the show is free. Visitors can register when they arrive. To avoid queues, register before the show online at www.iogsaltex.com.
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