New Southern Growers venue aims to impress

The revamp of the Southern Growers Show will offer many new benefits, especially if a shuttle service is set up from local airports to new venue Roundstone Nurseries to encourage international visitors, said show organiser Paul Roman.

Roman added: "Irish and Dutch businesses are realising it's time to buy from England because of the strong euro."

The show is returning to the south coast where it was known in its previous incarnation as Grow Show South. Southern Growers was held at Sandown Park Racecourse for 15 years but the traffic-congested roads around the venue and the cost of hiring the site meant Monro felt it was "time to do things differently".

"It's an excellent venue," says Roman, "with floor space up to three times the size of Sandown."

Forklifts will be able to enter the exhibition area and packed lunches will be able to be provided - features not possible at Sandown.

"Most growers want to encourage a buoyant industry and this new venue will breathe life into the show. Initial feedback indicates we will get more exhibitors than in the recent past and it has made the decision easier for our stalwarts who have supported us over the past 15 years."

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