IoG Saltex Preview: Summary

It could be argued that there a number of black clouds hanging over outdoor space management. There's the need to reduce pesticide applications and find alternatives. There's the skills shortage. There are health and safety issues taking up valuable management time. There's the compensation culture. And there's the economy. On the other hand, you could view them all as challenges.

IoG Saltex is the place to go for the latest kit, solutions and inspiration to help you meet those challenges. More than 400 companies are taking part – including familiar names such as Toro, John Deere, Kubota and Hayter, plus some attending for the first time.

There is a tremendous number of new products. Ransomes Jacobsen is one company to continue to invest, despite the economic downturn. Managing director David Withers says: "Our new mower for the municipal sector will be a surprise to many and this will be followed early in 2010 by other new products for the golf sector. Our environmen- tal commitments remain strong and our actions over the past three years are showing significant payback in these austere times."

Yes, IoG Saltex is a must-attend event if you are in the business of purchasing machinery and commodities but it's also the number-one event where all involved in the outdoor environment can keep up to date with the industry essentials. This year's programme of seminars covers topics such as sports facilities, tree protection and children's play.

As well as keeping you "genned" up, IoG Saltex gives you the chance to skill up. The Sports Turf Skills Village demonstrations are a popular attraction and this year include synthetic pitch maintenance – which is a session that's bound to be in demand.

There are plenty of other attractions too. In the World of Arb there are climbing demonstrations. And IoG Saltex is again hosting the finals of the WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening competition, with four teams competing to build a garden during the show.

IoG Saltex is the UK's only outdoor event for the grounds-care, sports, amenities, landscaping and estate management sector. So whether you are involved in turf management, contracting, professional gardening, tree surgery or parks management, this is the show for you.

WHY GO TO IOG SALTEX?

"I'm a regular visitor to the show, which I find essential for keeping abreast of the latest ideas and machines for effective and efficient greenkeeping. IoG Saltex is also a good social occasion. It's a great day out." Gary Debenham, group course manager, Pentland Golf

"At last year's show we attended a couple of courses at the Sports Turf Skills Village. We found the machinery operation and maintenance guidelines extremely useful – and we gained CPD points." Ben Camps, deputy team leader, ZSL London Zoo

"I came away from last year's show with a host of literature and some good ideas about water removal – it would have been hard not to with the vast number of specialists there. And the show proved ideal for comparing products. As a result, I subsequently purchased a scarifier and a spiker." Bill Taylor, groundsman, Nassington Cricket Club

"My annual visit to IoG Saltex is where I gain all the updates we as a team need to do our jobs most effectively." Mark Roche, head groundsman, University of Birmingham

SHOW DETAILS

Dates: 8-10 September 2009

Times: Tuesday 9am-5pm; Wednesday 9am-5pm; Thursday 9am-4.15pm

Where: Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor, Berkshire

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.

Admission: Entrance to the show is free. Visitors can register when they arrive. To avoid the queues, register before the show online or by calling the registration hotline on 0845 272 8782.


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