Rain Bird European team at BTME 2020

Rain Bird Golf’s European team welcomed visitors from more than 14 countries to our stand at the British Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) held across three floors of the Harrogate International Centre, England.

BTME is the major European showcase for turf managers, which is increasingly attracting visitors from much further afield. Its diverse education programme, ‘Continue to Learn’, stages more than 250 hours of education along with seminars and conferences featuring 90 of the global turf industry’s leading speakers. Rain Bird’s annual ‘sold out’ session, ‘Understanding the management and maintenance of your irrigation system’, was led by the UK-based team of Alastair Higgs, Matt Gilks and Stuart Tate. It received superb feedback from attendees who said they particularly enjoyed the practical elements of the day. They also said that what they’d learnt would give them greater confidence to manage irrigation more efficiently and effectively at their golf courses.

Over the course of the week, technical specialists from Rain Bird’s golf team were on hand to present live demonstrations of the IC System’s programming features and mobile interface, showcasing the full capability of Rain Bird technologies for monitoring and responding across site in real-time with IC Connect functionality. Technical advice on all aspects of Rain Bird systems was available from GSP Engineer for the UK and Ireland, Dario Lorenzo Diaz, and visitors who manage sports pitches and multi-use sites had the opportunity to see the advanced water management features of the new IQ4 modular multi-site central control for the very first time as Northern Europe Landscape Area Manager Peter Longman led groups through regular demonstrations.

Off the show floor, the Rain Bird team attended receptions hosted by the European Institute of Golf Course Architects and specialist golf course contractor MJ Abbott, joined more than 100 other early-risers for the inaugural BTME Early Bird 5k Run held to raise money for the greenkeeping association’s Benevolent Fund, and co-hosted a networking event for golf industry partners with UK distributor Rigby Taylor.

Summing up a busy and vibrant week, Jimmy Sandison, Rain Bird’s Golf Sales Manager for the UK, Ireland, Iceland and Scandinavia said: “The Rain Bird stand was a focal point for those wanting to talk about water management. It was great to welcome our customers and lots of people we had not previously met who were eager to discuss their project plans and our technologies with us. Visitors also had the opportunity to discuss water abstraction with hydrogeologist Tim Baker. Our stand’s theme was ‘Connect to the future’, and what visitors saw and heard on the stand was just a flavour of some exciting things to come from Rain Bird. We’re ready, and able, to help the global industry set new benchmarks in water efficiency, conservation and application.”