UK embraces Horti Fair Theme of Sustainability

Posted On 20 Aug 2009
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Five companies, all exhibiting within the Commercial Horticultural Association (CHA) organized UK Pavilions, have submitted entries demonstrating the UK’s committed approach to sustainability and our industry’s expertise, knowledge and technology which is in high demand throughout the world.
Botanicoir Ltd, exhibiting for the fourth time with the CHA at HortiFair, will be promoting the environmental benefits and high quality of their coir/cocopeat based range of products.
Two first-time exhibitors under the CHA banner, Smart-Tech Ltd of Glasgow and Flintshire-based Russell IPM Ltd have entered products under both the Innovation Awards and Exhibition Theme.
Smart Slice® is one of a range of innovative products developed by Smart-Tech Ltd using its HappiRoot® material. HappiRoot® can retain remarkable quantities of water or liquid feed and has proved highly reliable in storing and controlling the delivery of water to most pot plant types of varying species and sizes.
Russell IPM’s innovative monitoring pheromone lure Qlure-TUA has been instrumental in combating the devastating tomato leaf miner Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), impacting crops throughout the UK, mainland Europe and now threatening the Mediterranean countries.
Similarly Wiltshire-based Agralan Ltd has entered its Tuta Water Trap for the Innovations Awards – a pheromone water trap for trapping Tuta absoluta. Agralan has also submitted an entry for its widely acclaimed Raspberry Beetle Trap, a vital tool for managing raspberry beetle (Byturus tomentosus) populations and minimising damage to crops.
Elsewhere Castlefield Products Ltd, returning to the event after more than 5 years, will be showcasing three brand new products for the first time. The “Gainsborough” customer garden centre nesting trolley, the “Shilton” heavy duty nesting platform trolley and the new Castlefield Polytunnel Clamps and Spring Clips have all been developed to meet market demands and will be on show for the first-time at Horti Fair 2009.
These companies are joined by many other innovative British companies from all areas of horticulture exhibiting on the UK Pavilions at International Horti Fair. The CHA has been organising the UK presence at this event for more than 20 years. It remains the key exhibition in the horticultural calendar to target a truly international audience, with visitors from than 100 different nationalities recorded attending the event in 2008.
There are still some spaces available on the UK Pavilions for British companies keen to explore the opportunities open to them in overseas markets. The CHA has also secured grant support for eligible companies under the UK Trade & Investment Tradeshow Access Programme, meaning new exhibitors could be eligible for up to £1000 funding towards their costs of exhibiting.
For further details please contact Stuart Booker on 024 7669 0330 or email


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