GAN proves to be success for exhibitors and visitors alike

Show reaches last year's record attendance while international exibitors gain stronger presence

Golden Acres Nursery has hailed GAN 2004 a success. Chairman of the Bournemouth-based company Paul Richards said: “This year’s show had over 143 trade exhibitors and similar visitor numbers as last year’s record attendance. We also had a dramatic increase in the number of international companies exhibiting with several new firms from Holland eager to do business in the UK.” Exhibitors were pleased with the event, recognising its importance for reaching customers in the South. Lincoln-based William Sinclair Horticulture showed off its reformulated Sincrocell 6 controlled-release fertiliser tablets at the show. Sinclair’s technical marketing manager Mike Daly said: “It’s been a good show, we’ve had plenty of enquiries and we met a lot of our customers.” Fargro of Littlehampton, West Sussex, used the show to launch its new insecticide, Agri-50E, which has been developed by Just Green of Burnham on Crouch. Principally for the control of whitefly, the product also acts as an effective control for many pests. The insecticide’s performance was recognised in the show awards, picking up best grower product. Just Green’s European technical manager, Pete Squires, said: “This is the first launch in the first country, and the fact that it has won is great.” The prize for best retail product went to Handy Garden Machinery of Swindon for its Garden Groom hedge trimmer. Winner of best new plant/plant material and overall best product was the new peat-free Eco Friendly plant range from Saxon Plants, part of Stone Cross Nurseries in East Sussex.

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