IoG Saltex 2015 - Learning live

Established names as well as newer companies will be at Saltex on 4-5 November as the trade show celebrates its 70th year with an expanded education programme at its new NEC home.

Moverley: chairman of Amenity Forum
Moverley: chairman of Amenity Forum

Whether you manage sports facilities, tend natural grass surfaces or maintain synthetics, provide play equipment or work in forestry, landscaping, pest control or waste management, there is something to see at Saltex. From tractors, mowers and line-marking machines to seeds, fertilisers and trees, Saltex has it covered.

Saltex is 70 this year and has a new home and exciting format. Doors open for the two-day event on 4 November at Birmingham’s NEC and visitors can expect to find more than 250 exhibitors. Familiar names — Toro, Ransomes, Sisis, New Holland, Headland, Vitax and Rigby Taylor among them — are attending with their latest offerings. But this year also sees many companies exhibiting for the first time.

Machinery and equipment

Last year 81 per cent of visitors to Saltex stated that they attended to view the latest in machinery and equipment. With new kit from mowers to the latest in battery-powered commercial tools, there is plenty to see at this year’s show. Can you afford not to be there?

Keeping up to date with product development is one opportunity at the show, but another major highlight is the Learning Live education programme — more than 50 seminars, debates and case studies, with something to appeal to all visitors.

Five times bigger than previous Saltex education programmes, seminars include topics such as getting the best from your pitches, managing summer and winter sports at a school, the use of fertilisers, seed technology, the importance of parks, tree care, irrigation and the future of pesticides. Speakers include the FA’s Mark Pover, ECB’s Tim Nicholas, Dr Richard Gibbs and Dr Ruth Mann from the Sports Turf Research Institute, Amenity Forum chairman Professor John Moverley and Alan Leighton from trade union Prospect.

Come and visit us at Saltex on stand M025 and be in with the chance to win an IPad Mini when you take out a subscription to Horticulture Week on the day!

Dedicated seminar theatres

The seminars are held in three dedicated theatres on the show floor. In the Institute of Groundsmanship (IoG) Gaining Ground theatre, sessions are based around the IoG’s traditional annual conference event. Park rangers, contractors, gardeners and those responsible for the upkeep of play equipment can hear from Birmingham parks chief Darren Share and other speakers in the Parks Play & People Theatre, while the Technically Turf & New Product Pitches theatre is the place to be for the latest information on subjects such as fertilisers and irrigation.

Many of the seminars carry continuing professional development points and no pre-booking is required — just arrive promptly to be sure of a seat. A full list of talks and speakers is available at

There is more help and advice at the IoG Hub, where regional pitches advisers will be on hand throughout the show to offer free advice. In the evening, the IoG will hold its annual industry awards dinner at the Birmingham Metropole hotel.

Saltex also sees the Rigby Taylor and Top Green sponsored Young Institute of Groundsmanship conference taking place at the Birmingham NEC on 4 November. Our detailed preview of the professional products and services at Saltex begins over the page.

Show details - Saltex — Sports Amenities Landscaping Trade Exhibition

Organiser: Institute of Groundsmanship
Where: NEC, Birmingham
When: 4 November (9am-5pm) and 5 November (9am-4pm)
Getting there: By road The NEC is eight miles east of Birmingham and is signposted off the M42.

Note: there is a £12 car parking charge (£5 for IoG members gaining a voucher by showing their membership card at the IoG Hub).

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