Visitor numbers at Eastgro down on last year's

Visitor numbers at Eastgro trade show, held at Tamar Nurseries, in Wisbech, last week, were down on last year's.

But organiser Sue Last said: "Most exhibitors said they did quite good business. One company said they'd done a day's business by 9.30am." Forty-four exhibitors took part. First- time exhibitor Carole Bramwell-Royal, director of Barrett of Boston, said: "It's been quiet. Perhaps it wasn't marketed as much as it should have been." But a representative from Sandy Lane Nurseries said while it had been calm they had "got a few significant leads".

Eastgro 2009 will be held at John Woods Nurseries in Suffolk. The date is yet to be confirmed. John Woods Nurseries account manager Stuart Andrews said the aim is to revamp and re-energise the show. "It will be held under marquees, and it will be a great chance for us to show our garden centre customers our high-tech Visser potting machine, which has revolutionised our whole potting process." Eastgro organiser Sue Last said "The aim is for it to continue to be a friendly show. The more visitors and exhibitors we get, the better." She will launch a website for the show next month.


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