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IOG SALTEX to feature new Education Zone
June 20, 2011

The Education Zone, a new feature at this year's IOG SALTEX open space management show, will offer visitors an unrivalled resource of back-to-basics turf skills, a showcase of industry-specific colleges and a series of unrivalled demonstrations of best-practice machine servicing and checking. The Zone, therefore, will provide beginners with useful snapshots of everything needed 'to get started', while more experienced visitors will also receive timely updates of modern practices.

Indispensable advice on equipment maintenance will be complemented by a focused display of training courses and education routes by organisations such as Badger Hill Training, City & Guilds Land Based Services, Ian Gower Associates, Merrist Wood College, MWAC, Myerscough College and Writtle College, alongside the training and education expertise of the Institute of Groundsmanship, Hadlow College and the Institute of Horticulture elsewhere on the showground.

The Education Zone will also embrace the ever-popular Sports Turf Skills Village - a daily programme of demonstrations of basic natural turf maintenance skills that will be repeated in the mornings and afternoons on each day of IOG SALTEX (Windsor Racecourse, September 6-8):

[] Performance Quality Standard/Assessment of surface

[] Setting out/marking out

[] Pre-start/Post operative checks to machinery

[] Setting height of cut

[] Mowing

[] Aeration

[] Scarifying

[] Fertiliser application (including calibration of equipment)

[] Topdressing (including calibration of equipment).

The demonstrations - featuring equipment and products supplied by exhibitors - will be supported by ECB Pitch Advisors and IOG training instructors, who will be available to answer any questions visitors may have.

The IOG SALTEX Education Zone is one of a number of special feature areas at this year's show - visit for details.

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