An unrivalled programme of seminars, discussions and demonstrations, coupled with a health and safety information ‘theatre’, machinery challenges and a series of presentations including the Scottish Groundsman of the Year Award will next week combine with a host of product displays to make IOG Scotsturf (Royal Highland Showground, Edinburgh, 8-9 November), a must-see exhibition and education event for everyone involved in grounds management and maintenance.
With approaching 100 exhibitors, the range of equipment on display will be wide and varied, and will suit all demands and all budgets. Lots of products that are new and ‘on show in Scotland for the first time’ will be announced, too, making IOG Scotsturf the only venue north of the border where visitors can see, touch and compare all this equipment together under one roof.
The show’s educational theme has been specially programmed to meet visitors’ needs, with seminar presentations taking place on:
Machinery noise, vibration and risk assessment
Plant protection products – discussing the imminent new Code of Practice
Fertilisers – feed what you need to get better results
Workplace health and safety issues covered by the new At Work Regulations
Water contamination – environmental protection issues
Facility record keeping – process planning.
As well as the new Safety Theatre, where visitors can obtain updates on relevant health and safety information and legislation, the Scotsturf Challenge being staged by machinery manufacturers and suppliers will enable visitors to test their ability, skills and knowledge – and perhaps win prizes in the process.
The demonstration area, too, should also attract the crowds when machinery manufacturers, suppliers and industry-related colleges provide practical demonstrations of developments and changes that will impact all grounds professionals.
And the series of award ceremonies embraces the Scottish Groundsman of the Year, IOG Awards to the industry, presentations to land-based colleges and the ever-popular New and Innovative Product Awards.
It all adds up to an unmissable event that is ‘Scotland’s own’ open space management show. The website has more details about the show, and the companies taking part.
IOG Scotsturf www.scotsturf.com