Facing up to budget cuts? Looking for an edge over your competitors? Then do not miss this year's IoG Saltex. The gates open on Tuesday 7 September and the show runs for three days. There will be plenty to see and do.
Companies attend geared up to introduce new equipment and products. In 2009, 80 per cent of the people visiting did so to see what was new - and to seize the opportunity to see kit working in the outdoor environment. This year you can expect special deals on numerous offerings.
IoG Saltex 2010 also promises to be packed with information and advice. When Cheltenham Croquet Club lawns manager David Magee attended in 2009, he had one thing on his mind - to improve his knowledge of fine turf by attending free demonstrations and seminars. He says the show helped him so much that he is coming back this year.
Turf seminars this year will include talks by Wimbledon's Eddie Seaward as well as sessions on the science of root zone performance. Alistair Cox from Labosport UK will be unveiling the FIFA standards for artificial turf.
The education programme will extend to play facilities and focus on the seriousness of play funding, with speakers from Play England talking about "Making the most of what's available" in the Open Space Matters seminar sessions.
Among the other attractions on offer, Polaris will stage an adrenalin-pumping off-road 4x4 course. Specially constructed adjacent to the showground's north entrance, this exciting feature will enable you to test your driving skills as well as experience first hand a number of Polaris vehicles.
From aeration to woodchipping, mowing to snow clearance, tree surgery, landscaping products and play facilities - IoG Saltex will be packed with all you need to shape the future direction of your business. In what are expected to be changing times for many, can you afford to miss this year's event?
NOT TO BE MISSED: A CHANGING LANDSCAPE
Leading players from regeneration and public sector landscaping will be taking part in a panel discussion hosted by Horticulture Week. The debate will examine the impact of the public sector spending squeeze and the Government's changes to regeneration and planning policy on the future of public sector landscaping projects.
The panel will include leading public sector landscape architect Noel Farrer, who is also chair of the Landscape Institute policy committee and a consultant on CABE Space's strategic enabling panel. Alongside Farrer will be Dr Tim Williams, managing director of the Navigant Consulting public services practice and previously an adviser to David Miliband.
The discussion will take place in the Grandstand on Wednesday 8 September at 12.30pm.
Where: Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 5JJ
When: 7-9 September 2010
Times: Tuesday 9am-5pm, Wednesday 9am-5pm, Thursday 9am-4.15pm
How to get there
By car: From London, exit M4 at junction 6 and follow the signs. Towards London, exit M4 at junction 8 or 9.
By train: Windsor Central or Windsor Riverside stations. Free water-taxi runs every 30 minutes from town centre riverside to IoG Saltex.
Entrance to the show is free. Visitors can register when they arrive. To avoid the queues, register before the show online at www.iogsaltex.co.uk or by calling the registration hotline on 0845 272 8782.