This years show at Harrogate was both productive and optimistic. The general view of the standholders was they were pleased with the quality of visitors and felt the show well worth while. A total of 7638 visitors attended the Show as against 6653, in ’07, with 8641 attending the bigger ’08 Harrogate Week.

In addition, 1857 visitors took advantage of the many educational events which stretched over five days. The workshops and seminars proved extremely popular and showed the desire among turf professionals to keep up to date in a fast moving ever- changing industry.

"We are delighted with the first two days . We had anticipated some drop off in numbers, for all the well documented reasons, but the feedback we have had from exhibitors has been extremely positive, " says BIGGA chief executive John Pemberton.

The social evening also proved to be extremely popular – a good event for networking and having fun. I have little doubt that the organisers will make this a permanent fixture.

New Chairman

Peter Todd, Courses Manager at The London Golf Club, took over from his friend and former colleague, Kenny Mackay, as BIGGA National Chairman at the Association’s AGM, on January 21.

A love of the outdoor life and horticulture led Peter to leave a career with Reed International and enrol at Merrist Wood College for an HND in Landscape Management. His interest in golf course construction grew from there. During a sandwich year he worked for construction company, Transcontinental, on the building of the PGA Course at Gleneagles. Following the completion of his HND Peter was offered a job on the grow-in of The London Golf Club by the first Course Superintendent, Joe Paulin.Seven years later, in 1999, Peter had risen through the ranks to become Courses Manager and subsequently he has seen the club go from strength to strength. The club has hosted The London Seniors Masters on four occasions and last year it was the venue for the European Open, won by Ross Fisher. This year’s European Open will again be held at The London Golf Club on May 28-31.

During his year as Chairman Peter is looking forward to working with the Board to build on the successes of the Association for the benefit of members and the industry.

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Adavnced Turf Technology: The fully floating Infinicut walk

behind mower Incorporating an IVT gearbox it allows infinite adjustment of clip rate.
The patent pending floating head mechanism has no wear parts and is “self correcting” meaning a more consistent cut than any other mower on the market.
A further patent pending innovation is the quick release groomer system that allows you complete flexibility without compromising cutting accuracy.
General manager Nicci Copeland says " It was our first stand at this show and we were pleased with the response and interest our pedestrian mowers attracted – we will probably go back again next year”

Tel: +44 (0) 114 2479876 Fax: +44 (0) 114 2475726

FT Trenchers specialises in machines to work on golf courses,
sport fields and parks. Trenchers with conveyor systems and a choice of backfilling equipment AFT Trenchers have been making specialist trenching equipment for
nearly forty years.
“An excellent show everyone was talking about credit crunch but no traces of the crunch at the show (yet)” says managing director Harry Jurgens
“Our new sand bander was the machine that aroused the greatest interest”

Tel 01787 311811

Bellwood Trees Have around 90,000 trees in the nursery at any given time with a comprehensive range of varieties and sizes available.From broadleafs to conifers, multi-stems to shrubs and with a comprehensive range of instant hedging.

If you require further information about their range of species, growing conditions, soil suitability or tree positioning, they operate an excellent web siteTel 01828640219

Boddingtons GrassProtecta is a heavy duty slip resistant plastic mesh for the permanent reinforcement of grass prone torutting & wear. Ideal for grass parking, overflow car parks, disabled & emergency access routes where a grassed finish is required.
Marketing manager James Rowlandson says " We were pleased with the show and with the quality of the enquires however noted that the numbers were well down on last year – on balance though we will probably go back next year”

Groundscare Products: The Turf Teq product line of powered landscape machinery was designed from the ground up to make the job of landscape, gardening and golf course maintenance professionals safer, easier and more productive. Paul Errington, MD said “We were pleased with the number of visitors to our stand, and are hoping for some good results from the demonstrations we booked. As always, there was plenty of interest in the Power Edger/Trencher and the addition of the new Hard Edging Blade further increases its appeal to local Authorities and landscape maintenance professionals. It drastically cuts the time taken to trim bed and bunker edges, kerbs and pathways, and to re-define or re-shape shrub borders and hedge edges”.

Tel 0870 321 8900

Verdesports : produce artificial grasses providing hardwearing surfaces which are attractive throughout the year and require minimal maintenance. The component fibres are ultra-violet stabilized to withstand exposure to strong sunlight and are designed to withstand prolonged exposure to wet. The grasses are fitted and installed in the same way as normal carpets. Easily cut with Stanley knife or scissors
All rolls are four metres wide – may be seamed using special tape and adhesive to cover large areas
Small areas may be loose-laid and fixed at the edges
Larger areas may be fixed using specialized adhesives. Verde recommend and supply suitable adhesives for fixing to concrete, macadam, timber, and asphalt
For some applications an open textured grass can be fitted with dry silica sand brushed into the pile. This method is often used for sports applications, artificial lawns and all-weather pathways

TEl : +44 (0)1254 831666

HARDI was founded 50 years ago in Denmark. In 2007, the company joined EXEL Industries World leader in spraying technology, EXEL Industries is present in the three major spraying areas: Industry (spray guns and other application equipments for liquid, viscous or powder products), General Public (hand operated sprayers for gardening) and Agriculture (field, orchard and vineyard sprayers). The power sprayers are especially designed for use where tractors are not available or inconvenient. Suitable for spraying in parks, larger gardens, sports fields, nurseries,

Tel: 01788 861144

Cleveland Sitesafe : produce a comprehensive range of all-steel security and vandal resistant products. They have been manufacturing in the UK since 1988 and their products range from small steel transit boxes, designed for transit of flammables and chemicals, through to large modular steel buildings used for garaging for compact tractors/mowers and so on, canteens, offices and changing/toilet areas.

Cleveland Sitesafe provide for:
Really secure storage of tools, fuel, plant and equipment.
Proper compliance with codes of Practice and Legal Requirements for Storage of Chemicals and Flammable Substances.
Provision of secure, vandal resistant, practical and affordable buildings.
Benefits of Modular and Portable Buildings
Their modular and portable building systems have many advantages over conventional buildings.
Greater Speed and predictability of construction reducing building cost
Reduced environmental impact
Minimal disruption to customers operations and the local community
Reduced time on site
Quicker return on investment or provision of service to the community
Improved health and safety
Future relocation of building
Easy extension of the building to central open spaces or ends

01642 244 663.

Groundsman Industries design and manufacture turf maintenance machinery and market their products on an international scale.
Continued research and development ensures that the current Groundsman pedestrian aerators are in the lower categories of hand arm vibration levels available anywhere for this type of equipment.

The patented Flexblade Core Collector system was developed by Groundsman Industries as an attachment to the Aerator machines for collecting the cores as they are being pulled from the ground ie: Core and Collect in one pass. This implement is available for the Groundsman 8120CTM and the 12180TM Tractor mounting Turf Aerators. . The Flexblade system is also available with a three point linkage frame for attachment directly to a Tractor or to the tipping ram on all Turf Utility Vehicles to collect the soil in a second operation. These extremely simple but efficient implements are available in two swath widths.
" The first two days were very busy and the last very quiet . I was happy with the quality of the enquires – so all things being equal we will take a stand next year. Another thing that pleased us was the amount of dealers from overseas that came onto our stand " says Billy Wark managing director.

Tel 028 27667049

Inturf The rich, sandy soil of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire provides perfect growing conditions.Inturf supply turf grades for private gardens, public open spaces, and every kind of sports application from championship golf courses to neighbourhood bowling greens.
Turf is supplied in conventional rolls, covering 1 square metre or as big roll covering 15 square metres for ease and speed of installation on larger projects.
Inturf have developed a number of turfgrass systems virtually revolutionising the turf industry, and work closely with the sports turf research establishments to stay at the forefront of innovation.Inturf are founder members of the Turfgrass Growers Association which exists to their products, TerraCottem and Rhizomatous Tall Fescue , hold the Waterwise Marque.

01759 380 130

James Coles Nurseries provide ‘the complete landscaping solution’ to the amenity market from trees to climbers, field-grown to large containers, Coles’ have both the capacity and the flexibility to fulfil large planting contracts whist maintaining the focus on the individual’s requirements.
Cultivating nursery stock on over 180 hectares at seven sites across Leicestershire, they produce over 200 tree varieties amounting to over a million trees annually. Their container grown varieties number over 400, with a capacity for over two million shrubs.

Tel 0116 241 2115

RTC Sport have been installing rubberized safety surfacing for over 15 years
They have 12 in-house installation teams working throughout the UK on a daily basis. They specialize exclusively in rubber crumb surfacing and use employed installation teams to ensure that our stringent quality standards are met.

Tel 01282 855253

Revaho represent the worlds leading manufacturers in the irrigation sector in the UK and Northern Europe including Netafim, Hunter, Amiad, Dorot, LR Nelson, Nelson Irrigation, NaanDan, ARI, NAFF PE pipes and Andros engineering.

Tel : 01695 556222

Rodenator A great way to eliminate rodent problems. The Pro & R2 use a controlled mixture of propane and oxygen that is injected into the rodent’s burrow. A built-in, self contained ignition system then ignites the mixture, creating an underground shockwave or concussion that instantly collapses the tunnel system The systems are so fast and effective –they takes care of digging pest problems ‘virtually instantl’.

Tel 01480 890 348

SGM (UK) operate a fleet in excess of 6,500 machines offering a full and complete range of ground care products. Strategically located at 9 depots throughout the UK,

SGM Hire was formed to specifically meet the growing demands from Local Authorities, Golf Clubs, Sports Grounds and Contractors for the flexible hire of ground care equipment
Scottish Grass Machinery continues to be a leading supplier of ground care equipment..
Tel 01383 413333

Dyofix Ornamental ponds, lakes and fisheries often become choked with algae. Dyofix supply a non-toxic algae control solution to this problem.
Pond Black does not contain any harmful or toxic chemicals such as herbicides, algaecides or bactericides.
Within minutes of applying the product, the pond water is coloured black, instantly masking any suspended green algae and creating a mirror like finish to the surface.
Dyofix Pond Blue is the ideal solution for the larger, deeper ponds and lakes and it works by targeting just the Ultra Violet elements from the sun to halt the growth and formation of new algae.
Water retaining crystals.
Water retaining crystals are a safe, non toxic and odourless super absorbing polymer (or SAP). The crystals absorb many, many times their own weight of water.

Once DyoFix Water Crystals are in the ground flowers and plants will have their own personal reservoir. Any subsequent rainfall will refresh the crystals. Tel 0113256 4251

Double A are a family run business specialising in the supply and service of quality environmental and groundcare equipment. Their customer base includes local authorities, golf courses, caravan parks, contractors, estates, tree surgeons, landscapers, health boards, hire companies and homeowners.
As John Deere C&CE Main Dealers for East Central Scotland and Scottish Distributors for Lastec, Timberwolf, Gianni Ferrari, Aebi, Campey Turf Care and Kanga, they can offer customers a wide range of new and used equipment.

Tel : 01334 657602
mobile : 07774 618477
email :

Irrigation Supplies stock everything from sprinklers, controllers and valves to cable and pipe fittings. Not only a supplier of equipment Irri Supplies is also a manufacturer of irrigation equipment.

If you are in the contracting / installation business then Irri Supplies can help provide a service to your golf and landscape customers. Order parts and spares from Irri Supplies and they will deliver direct to your customer the next day.

Tel +44 (0)1491 20 20 10

Groundpro, the new deal direct trading division of Wiedenmann UK, gives all turf and ground care dealers across the country an opportunity to sell its products.

Included in its range are the Pro-Cast series of bulk top dressers with all-welded steel hoppers from 2000-4750 litres. At BTME Harrogate, Pro-Cast unveiled an optional belt-driven conveyor system which can fill truckster mounted top dressers in less than a minute and be used for filling bunkers and trenches.

Also in the Groundpro sales listing is the Groom It multi purpose brush which caters for both natural and artificial surfaces. Among its natural grass attributes are working in wet or dry top dressings; presenting turf; clearing early morning dew; standing turf prior to cutting and used regularly it promotes healthy grass which improves ball roll. On the artificial side it uprights flattened carpet fibres instantly aiding the playabilty of the carpet.

The Wiedenmann’s low noise Super Pro series of trailed or front mounted mowers are available in widths of 1.3m, 1.5m and 1.8m. The tilt-up facility on the FXL allows safe and easy access without unhitching. And through Groundpro you can also deal direct for the series of Wiedenmann collectors the MCS Compact 650 and the MCS XP, suitable for noise sensitive areas like schools, hospitals and residential areas.

David Rae, managing director of Wiedenmann UK, said: “Groundpro has only been in operation for a few short months however it is being really well received and feedback is very positive.”

Tel: 0141 814 3366

Hydroturf. As European distributor of Easy Lawn hydroseeding units, Hydro Turf exhibited the new Turfmaster 20M.
Designed specifically to be a powerful, lightweight and compact hydroseeder, this unit can be easily transported around sensitive areas and deliver excellent productivity to undertake conventional hydroseeding, slope stabilisation and erosion control projects. Also on show was a full range of the latest professional hydroseeding consumables and information on its nationwide contracting services.

Tel: 0845 838 1044 Mobile: 07835 392265