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on February 28. The event, now in its 13th year, is dedicated tor,, showcasing the garden industry to the media and, both exhibitors and visitors alike welcomed the move to its new home at the Business Design Centr e in Islington.

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Despite the unseasonal weather media representing key trade and consumer titles came from across the country to find out the latest information on new products, themes and innovations ahead of the 2018 gardening season. Importantly the event also puts exhibitors on media’s list of contacts for the year ahead – wher e a single mention of a pr oduct can drive demand.

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Fencing and garden structures supplier, GRANGE FENCING marked its 150th year of business with a birthday party at this year’s Garden Press Event. As well as the anniversary celebrations, Grange showcased a number of new garden raditional

products, including the Trad Lap Panel, which has been


re-engineered to provide a superior entry level fencing option that is more durable and better protected against water ingress than any other entry level lap panel on the market, says the company. Grange marketingy. Grange mark manager, Mark Morris said: “We’re extremely proud of our heritage, with Grange growing to become an expert in the fencing arena. This year’s Garden Press Event provided us with a great excuse to celebrate how far we’ve come and show off some of our fantastic products.”  01952 588 088

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More than 365 years in manufacturing cutting tools means FISKARS’ new tree pruners, the Telescopic Tr ee Pruner UPX86,Tr with a length of up to 6m, as well as the UPX82 that reaches length of up to 3.5m, can only of fer maximum precision and top cutting performance, says the company . They replace the older models UP86 and UP82 that Fiskars launched as the first of their kind. Cutting back overgr own tr ees is not one of the easiest tasks to do ar ound the garden but with this versatile addition to the PowerGear X family , which carefully combines convenience and performance, it becomes an effortless job. Reaching up to an impressive 6 metres, thanks to its extendable shaft, Fiskar’s Tree Pruner enables expert to novice

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gardeners to easily trim overhead branches without the need for a ladder . W ith an adjustable cutting angle up to 230° - no branch is left untouched or unr eached, and gar deners can benefit from up to 12 times mor e cutting power compar ed to conventional products. At this year’s Gar den Press Event, journalist had a chance to try and test the PowerGear X UPX86 Telescopic Tree Pruner which r eached the entir e length of a 6m tower purposely built for Fiskars’ stand at the show. 

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a successful first year at Garden Press Event, with writers, editors and leading garden journalists showing an interest in the company’s refreshed packaging and product range. Products that were particularly well received included the new Badger Paw gardening gloves – comfortable and durable gardening gloves

featuring built in ‘claws’ which make easy work of preparing and digging soil, offering an innovative way to tidy up borders and flower beds. MD said of his experience: “The Garden Press Event has provided us with a great platform to make valuable new connections with gardening journalists and the media as we get ready to embark on another financial year. It was great to get such a positive response to our new products.”  01476 564 230

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garden industry for the first time on the day – with plans to exhibit the pr oduct again at Glee this year . Spear & Jackson, Grange Fencing and Gardena were amongst other names showing new products to the audience on the day Bur gon & Ball

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good event showcasing a range of artisanal indoor pots for houseplants and its popular garden supplies range, including the ‘Hang It’ peg boards. “It’s a very instragrammable range,” explains PR & communications manager

Alison Edwards. “We launched them at Glee last year and have had a gr eat Christmas. “ Alongside th e themselves

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The accolade for the Best Stand Aw d went to hedging plant specialists Hopes Grove Nurseries for their innovative display of products including a gin hedgerow

featuring all the berries that can be used to flavour the spirit.

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HTA the 2018 event was the lastTA the 2018 event was the one involving Guy Burtenshaw and Sue O’Neill from Media Events – who have r un the event since its inception. At the pr e-event dinner there was a pr esentation to both Guy and Sue from Richard Jackson thanking them by all for their hard work in developing and running this event.

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