Parks event invites innovators to showcase fresh ideas

Green Connect is calling for inventors of the "next big thing" in amenity horticulture to take trade stands at its conference on 7 October. The event in Bristol, attended by local authorities and parks professionals, will focus on innovation in the parks sector and will be an ideal place for those with unusual inventions or ways of helping parks managers save money and do their jobs better.

Green Connect's Peter Wilkinson said: "We'd like companies to take trade stands if they are particularly innovative in their product line. This is an opportunity to showcase their work and raise its profile." He pointed to Big Belly Bins, which have built-in solar-powered compactors, as an invention that is saving money and time for local authorities, allowing contractors to empty bins less often. Remote-control mowers that can cut on a 45 degs slope are another example, Wilkinson added.

"Water conservation is also a huge issue in horticulture so anything that would reduce inputs and overall costs in relation to environmental harm would appeal to our audience," he said.

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