Grosouth sees upbeat mood

The mood at this year's GroSouth trade show which took place on Wednesday was positive despite continuing caution in the industry.

Growers at the show, held at Roundstone Nurseries near Chichester, were upbeat despite caution among retailers meaning orders are coming in later.

Syngenta sales representative Pete Gillman said: "People are ordering later, which is not surprising, but they will need plants. There will be a late surge."

Fargro managing director Jim McAlpine said: "Next year could be a good one for the industry. Growers have been cautious but if the weather is with them they could do very well."

He added: "We're happy with the turnout at the show and we have found it worthwhile."

Roundstone Nurseries managing director Peter Cook said: "An encouraging sign is the upbeat mood, and you get that as soon as you walk through the door, I think. A negative mood would have been counter productive."

Show organiser Sarah Jane Milbourn said visitor numbers were up. "Online registrations were up from last year, and stands are up by 7 per cent. Everyone has been positive."

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