Vitax Supaturf are getting the stand ready for Landscape Live, taking place at the Yorkshire County Cricket Ground, Headingley, tomorrow (6th October), where Mike King and Graham Wingfield will be on Stand 7. The Supaturf brand has for more than 25 years been a world leader in the development and production of line marking machinery and liquids for use in every type of sports application, with our products being used in every type of sports venue from international stadia to local municipal and school fields.
Vitax, sponsors of the National Forest Wood Fair, launched a drawing competition for schools within The National Forest catchment area in a bid to get them more involved in the event on August Bank Holiday.
The ‘School in a Garden’ competition was designed to inspire children to think about their school as a garden and attracted lots of wonderful entries from schools throughout the National Forest area.
It was a tough task choosing the best entries, but in the end the top prizes went to Newtown Linford primary school, who were presented with gardening products to help create and inspire their school garden. We hope they enjoy the challenge in their lovely school grounds, and grow lots of tasty vegetables to be enjoyed by all.
It seemed inevitable that the elements won again, but in spite of rain for most of the day and very muddy footpaths, large numbers of intrepid visitors started arriving early.
The highlight of the day for Vitax was the announcement of the winners of their Schools colouring competition. With over a hundred entries from primary schools within the Forest catchment area, the competition was tough. In the end the winner was seven year old Charlotte from Newton Linford Primary School, who won £250 worth of gardening equipment for her school and a certificate and goodies for herself.
Other winners were Kuran from Sandfield Close Primary, Harriet also from Newton Linford, Katy from Matchborough First School and Payal also from Sandfield. The schools will be presented with their prizes in September.
A Gardeners Question Time was held in the main marquee, and Vitax’s Charles Platt dispensed words of wisdom to an interested audience.
Vitax’s team of experts in the Retail, Commercial & Amenity, and Professional Grower sectors will be exhibiting at trade shows throughout the Autumn. Meet the teams at:
|Four Oaks||8th to 9th September||Stand B1-2|
|GLEE||14th to 16th September||Hall 19, stand E10/G11|
|Landscape Live, Headingley||6th October||Stand 7|
|South West Growers||7th October||Stand 37|
|Saltex, NEC||4th to 5th November||Stand CO90|
|Futurescape||17th November||Stand 89|
|BTME Harrogate||19th to 21st January 2016||Stand A2|
Vitax will be showcasing new products and packaging throughout all sectors at all shows.
The 2015 GIMA Dinner and Awards event took place on 16th July at the Celtic Manor Resort, Cardiff. Hosted by Rufus Hound, this popular event in the gardening trade year also saw Colin Wetherley-Mein, Vitax Retail Sales Manager, attend in his capacity as 2015 GIMA President.
Vitax senior staff and partners attended a private pre-dinner drinks and canapés reception in honour of Colin’s worthy appointment as honorary GIMA President.
This was followed by a magnificent and glittering Awards Ceremony attended by some 360 guests. Attending from Vitax were Paul and Waltraud Gooding, Anja Gooding, Daniel and Catherine Wilkinson, Roger and Carole Cumisky, Carl and Tracy Welsh, Colin and Joan Wetherley-Mein, and Ralph Fitter.
As part of its continuing partnership with the National Forest, Vitax is again sponsoring the 2015 National Forest Wood Fair which will take place on August Bank Holiday (31st August 2015).
As part of its sponsorship this year Vitax is inviting primary schools based within the forest to be part of the event, by entering a drawing competition to create a garden that represents the school. It could be a woodland, forest, wildlife garden, one full of flowers or even a vegetable patch. Each design will be showcased within the Vitax marquee on the day of the Wood Fair. The winning school will receive £250 of gardening products including seeds and tools, with two runners-up prizes of £100 of products, and two more runners-up receiving prizes of £50 of products each.
Vitax were pleased to take part in the GIMA charity golf day staged at the Telford Hotel & Golf Resort in Shropshire. The Vitax team members of Paul Gooding, Greg Holden, Roger Cumisky and Carl Welsh enjoyed a pleasant round of golf in the very sunny conditions.
The golf was followed by an excellent dinner and evening of entertainment and fundraising. An enjoyable after-dinner talk was given by professional golfer Paul Broadhurst, who had taken part during the day by playing the 16th hole with each of the participating teams.
Vitax’s national sales manager has become president of the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA), one of the industry’s leading bodies. Colin Wetherley-Mein has worked at Vitax for over 20 years and has been on GIMA’s council for four years, with the past 12 months serving as Honorary Treasurer.
Out-going president – Bosmere’s Steve Millington – handed over the chains to Colin at this year’s AGM which was attended by over 80 members. Colin will be supported by vice-president, Chris Ramsden from Suttons Consumer Products.
Vicky Nuttall, GIMA’s director, says: “The past year has seen significant changes in the garden and horticulture sector and Steve has navigated our members through uncertain times as we begin to evolve as an industry. Colin has been part of that team and his experience and knowledge will ensure the progress we have made continues. He has also set very clear goals which will support our members commercially through providing new initiatives.”
As part of his presidency Colin will continue to build strong links with other organisations such as the Horticulture Trade Association, Garden Centre Association and Gardenex as members seek support on new routes to market. “It is vital that like-minded organisations work together to ensure the industry remains competitive whilst continuing to safeguard the interests of our members,” he says. Whilst we will continue to host a range of day conferences and buyer-connect days, we will also be investing in research to deliver market data which will form part of our strategy going forward and a greater understanding of what consumers want from its retailers.”
Supaturf Cape Town staged another successful training day in February. It was a stifling hot day which began with us setting up the displays at the Edgemead Sports Club. Kevin Gramoney had been very pro-active and took the trouble to print a program of events for the day, which he sent with invitations to prospective clients. This obviously had a positive effect – we were led to believe that there would be about 50 people attending but we were proven wrong and caught off guard with the number of attendees exceeding 100 people from various schools in the Peninsula, the City of Cape Town Municipality and representatives from as far afield as Malmesbury.
The day began with a brief overview of Supaturf and its presence in South Africa. Special emphasis was laid on the role Supaturf plays in protecting the environment, which has resulted in Supaturf being granted the IS0 14001 Award. The impact line marking has on the Turf Industry was discussed in depth and attendees were reassured that the wealth of turf experience amongst Supaturf South Africa’s senior representatives places us in a unique position in the Line Marking Industry.
The programme then moved on to the mixing of Line Marking Liquids and the distinction between Spray Marking Machines and Transfer Wheel Markers. The programme continued with a crash course in setting out and marking of various sports disciplines with special emphasis on Soccer, Rugby and Athletics.
After lunch a talk and demonstration on cleaning, servicing and basic maintenance of Line Marking machines was given. This evoked much discussion and questions and it was most gratifying when at the end of the day’s program several people spoke up and thanked Supaturf for a most informative and productive day.
Supaturf South Africa
Just over a week till the Edible Garden show, where we’ll be in the Capital Gardens “shop” in the thick of the action. With all the mentions in the news recently about Slug Gone, visitors will be pleased to hear that we’ll be selling it at the show in 3.5 litre bags and 10 litre tubs at fantastic prices exclusive to the Edible Garden Show. With the new “shop and drop” facility it will make it even easier to pay now and collect when you’re leaving.
We’ll also have the fantastic 6x Pelleted Poultry Manure for sale, together with a range of biodegradable products such as mulch mats, cabbage collars and grow pots.
With the new extended show times, open until 7pm on the Friday and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, there’s no excuse for not visiting!