One of the most enjoyable aspects of our business is the varied nature of the audiences we serve and the people we meet. This was true on Wednesday 4th March when, at our rain-soaked manufacturing base near Tetbury, we were delighted to welcome members of the South West regional group of members of the British Association of Landscape Industries who combined a tour of our facility with holding their AGM. As you can see, their enthusiasm was not diminished by the weather. Our thanks to Neil Gray, Senior Technical Sales Mangager, for acting as host.
Professional landscapers like these use Melcourt composts, soil conditioners and bark mulches in large quantities, often bought through a network of landscape supply stockists or builders merchanst. The same products, sold in a different form by garden centres and nurseries, are used by gardeners nationwide. Thus it was that on the same day as the BALI visit, our MD Andy Chalmers and Technical Director Catherine Dawson were at the Garden Press Event, an annual opportunity for gardening writers to find out what’s new from manufacturers in the garden industry. Interest in Melcourt and its peat-free products was at its highest levels and it’s true to say that Andy and Catherine were kept busy for the entire day. The icing on the cake was winning the Best New Product Award for the Melcourt Bag for Life scheme which we’ve based on an idea from edibleculture a pioneering peat-free and plastic free nursery in Kent. The picture below shows Catherine Dawson with the Best New Product Award, more evidence that, in the eyes of many, the future of British gardening is most definitely peat-free.