Sunshine show

The sun shone through, just, for the second BALI Landscaping Show, which took place at Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry.
Show organisers, Brintex, were delighted with the turnout at this year’s show, which welcomed a total number of 1,122 visitors across the BALI Landscaping Show and the co-located PlayFair Show.
Ray Baxter, event manage told The Landscaper “We’re pleased to announce that early feedback from both exhibitors and visitors has been very positive this year. The success of the show, running for the second year alongside PlayFair, demonstrates that although times are tough financially, those in the trade are willing to invest in the future. Several ‘firsts’ took place at this year’s BALI Show, including an all-new ContractorZone and the regional heats of the WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening competition. We look forward to building on this success and progressing with the show for 2013.”
All New ContractorZone
The introduction of a ContractorZone at the show for the first time this year marked the official launch of a partnership between the National Contractors’ Forum (NCF) and BALI. BALI-NCF is a group of influential major contractors working in the landscape and grounds maintenance sector.
WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening Competition
The WorldSkills UK regional heats saw 13 teams compete over two days to win a place in the National Finals, which run at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham later this year (14th to 17th November). The top four placed teams will go forward.

The winners : David Ellis and Steven Wilcox of PM Training. team receiving their certificate from Wayne Grills (right) and Peter Killen (left)
Live Demonstrations and Seminars
Over in the show’s busy demonstration area visitors were able to watch and learn from industry professionals at Ransomes Jacobsen, Rigby Taylor and Bartlett Tree Experts
On the seminar front, unsurprisingly the two very topical Olympic Park presentations drew the largest audiences, but there was plenty to learn from the other speakers whose topics covered the opportunities opening up for landscapers following new legislation; the impact landscaping may have on mitigating climate change, and detail on the new Joint Council of Landscape Industry’s (JCLI) Homeowner’s Consultancy Agreement and Landscape Contract. There was also a session on new developments in Vectorworks Landmark design software.
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Andrew Rodwell SCH
Will Carr Ransomes Jacobson
Paul Braddy Oxford Plastics
James Gilmartin Grono
Stuart Hedgecock Perfectly Geen
Chris Carr Q lawns
Tara Fraser Bartlett Tree Experts
Huw Thomas Baroness

The Revolutionary Urban Tree Planting Solution
Show exhibitors Green-tech have introduced a revolutionary, new load bearing tree pit structure to the UK landscape industry that has been tried and tested in Europe for many years.
Permavoid has been widely used on many high profile urban tree planting projects in the Netherlands over the last ten years. It was originally developed as a drainage product in SUDS systems but more recently has become the specification choice for tree pits in urban environments.

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