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IOG Scotsturf delivers on all fronts

Buoyed by a 10 per cent increase in visitor numbers, the IOG Scotsturf exhibition once again delivered on all fronts products were sold, the education events proved very informative, the award ceremonies were well received and the live demonstration area presented by Fairways/Ransomes Jacobsen and Multihog drew much attention.

With over 2,000 open space professionals through the doors during the two-day event at Edinburghs Royal Highland Hall including a cross-over attendance from the co-located Road Expo event the gamut of groundscare products on show included 40 or so new products being displayed in Scotland for the first time.

With such an array of technologies on view, the event clearly appealed to everyone involved in grounds care and greenkeeping, as well as the sports, amenity, arboricultural, landscaping and play sectors.

Indeed, Chris Yeaman from the Royal Burgess Golfing Society, typified visitor reaction with his comment that IOG Scotsturf is a good show with a broad spectrum of products and technologies available to suit every need. While Stephen Appleton, from Angus Horticulture, added that its the only event o its kind where I can meet a lot of important people in one place.

Bryson Tractors John Condron led the exhibitor comments with applause for the high standard of visitors, saying once again IOG Scotsturf has been a very good event; the quality of attendance has been up to the usual high standard the USP is the fact that the show is clearly accessible to everyone, from apprentice right up to Course Manager – and the shows co-location with Road Expo has no doubt helped attract some high-level local authority visitors.

Indeed, Johns enthusiasm is understandable: in addition to reporting the sale of three New Holland tractors during the show models TZ24D, T1560 and a TC24D with loader and backhoe – the company was also celebrating its winning entry in the New & Innovative Product Awards Small & Medium Machinery category with the Keith Kensett Graden sand injection machine (with Bents seeder attached).

Likewise, Mike King of Vitax Amenity proclaimed the audience was of good quality.

Vitaxs Enhance fertiliser being displayed by the companys Scotland distributor Terra Firma – won a New & Innovative Product Award, in the Fertilisers & Pesticides category. Other winners in the New Product and Innovation Awards were:

[] Rigby Taylors Impact Gold line marking paint fresh from its EDGE Award triumph announced at IOG SALTEX – won the Consumables & Sundries category; and

[] Double A Trading won the Large Machinery category (for the second year in succession) with the Timberwolf 350 which during the first day of the show, at least, attracted some serious enquiries, it was reported.

Endorsing the laudable comments was Bayer Environmental Science (on the Aitkens stand) which reported an excellent response to its Festival and Longbow herbicides.

Away from the showfloor and the complementary education seminars proved very popular:

[] Safety Update including slopes and bankings – by Kenneth Hill, HSE Solutions;

[] Tress Safety in the Community by Paul Hanson of Arboretum International;

[] Cable Avoidance by Bernard Walker of SebaKMT; and

[] Avoiding Risk when Selecting Equipment by Will Carr from Cutting Edge Training.

The IOG Scotsturf Stand Awards were won by Symbio (9-30 m2), Fleet Line Markers (31-60 m2)) and Hayter (64 m2 and larger).

Continuing the awards theme, Tommy Cummings from Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC, was announced as the IOG Scottish Football Groundsman of the Year for the 2009/10 season

The Groundsman of the Year Award is competed for by the winners from the Scottish Premier League as well as Divisions 1, 2 and 3, and in winning the coveted Award Tommy also collected the trophy for the 1st Division category. Runner up for the 1st Division title was Mark Farrell of Greenock Morton.

In the Premier League, the winner was Celtic FCs John Hayes (who has won the Award three times in recent seasons) and the finalists were David Roxburgh of Rangers FC, Tommy Docherty of St Mirren and Paul Fisk of Aberdeen FC.

The 2nd Division Award was won for the second successive year by David Montador from East Fife FC, with Neil Wood of Brechin FC as runner up. The 3rd Division trophy was collected by Stevie Bache of Queens Park while last years division winner, Martin Gray of Forfar FC, was runner up.

The award ceremonies were complemented by the presentation of IOG bursaries (from show funds) to promote training, education and industry development to the land-based colleges Elmwood, GOSTA, Langside, Oatridge and SAC.

About The Institute of Groundsmanship

The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) is the leading membership organisation representing grounds managers, groundsmen, grounds maintenance managers, greenkeepers and all others involved in the management of sports pitches, landscape and amenity facilities in the UK. As well as maintaining the IOG Performance Quality Standards and providing a consultancy service for sports grounds, lawn maintenance and amenity horticulture, the IOGs extensive Training and Education programme includes cricket, football, tennis, horseracing, bowls, artificial surfaces, turf science and many other specialist subjects.  It also stages the annual IOG SCOTSTURF and IOG SALTEX exhibition, Europes leading show for the open space profession. For more information visit www.iog.org

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