BALI good show.

BALI draws the crowds to Warks

Published:  05 July, 2011

WARWICKSHIRE: The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) and show organiser, Brintex, confirmed that over 1000 visitors attended the inaugural Landscaping Show on 21 and 22 June at Stoneleigh Park. 

"Initial feedback from the show has been universally positive, with visitors approving wholeheartedly of the return of a BALI-led show, its June timing and the mix of exhibitors," said BALI national chairman Paul Cowell.

The two-day show featured a seminar programme and included the launch of the new Landbased Industry Skills Scheme (LISS) and the LISS/CSCS skills card, which gives those working in the land-based sector the ability to work on Highways Agency estate and construction sites.

BALI also held an 'open house' at its headquarters throughout the show, encouraging visitors to meet staff, network and see what the Association does on a day-to-day basis.

In addition, visitors were able to see demonstrations from Ransomes Jacobsen, Bartlett Tree Experts and Platipus Anchors, and catch a glimpse of TV presenter Tommy Walsh as he visited the show.

The show ran at the same time as PlayFair 2011, the UK's only national trade event for all those involved in the selection, purchase, upkeep and replacement of children's play equipment. As the organisers hoped, the proximity of the two shows created a cross-fertilisation of interest for many visitors which will be built upon next year when the two shows are located side by side.

BALI's recently appointed chief operations officer, Wayne Grills, commented: "To receive such unanimous positive feedback from exhibitors and visitors is amazing and a credit to Brintex and to everyone in the BALI Landscape House team.

Event director Ray Baxter of Brintex said: "We are delighted with the launch of the BALI Landscaping exhibition. In BALI we have an excellent trade association partner and we feel that we have now laid the foundation to expand the BALI exhibition into a major national landscape trade event."

Next year's dates for the show have been confirmed as Tuesday, 19 and Wednesday, 20 June.

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