Archive of May 2018

The Heathfield Show


The annual Heathfield show was held on Saturday with a solid JB Group presence. Our welcoming stand featuring both Gardenscape and JB & Co lorries and products attracted not only many visitors, but also a first prize for Best Agricultural Stand (under 12 metres). Well done Nicola for creating a friendly and informative layout with just two lorries, 14 bulk bags and three hanging baskets!

It was a fantastic day for the show - wall-to-wall sunshine and an enthusiastic crowd of visitors. The displays were, as ever, very impressive and since our stand is right next by the main ring, we even got to see some of them. However, the stand was very busy with visitors and we had a great number of enquiries, both for the agricultural materials and from keen gardeners.

The stand design works well - the lorries and flag can be seen from all over the showground. And the hanging baskets were a notable and favourably commented-upon feature (can you spot all three of them in the featured photo?). It didn't take too much engineering expertise to put the gazebo up, either! Our catering supplies were much appreciated, with a keg of Level Best taking pride of place. Despite Peter's and my best efforts we didn't quite manage to finish it...

RHS Chelsea Flower Show


Lindsey and I had a great trip to the RHS Chelsea show yesterday - the weather provided a useful watering boost to the gardens in the morning (that's a polite way of saying we were totally drenched on the way across Chelsea Bridge) and then obliged with sunshine from midday onwards.

As you might imagine, the garden and floral exhibits were stunning - people were standing three deep to get near the show gardens. The Group is fortunate enough to have supplied four magnificent gardens:

  • Conway Landscaping - the Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden
  • Frosts Landscape Construction Limited - trade stand for Gaze Burvill Limited
  • Randle Siddeley - the LG EcoCity Garden
  • Senseless Acts of Beauty - the Pearlfisher Garden

It wasn't very easy to get to talk to anybody though - the show was very crowded. In total we spent about five hours at the show - and more or less the same time travelling there and back. London traffic!

A Mediterranean scene?


Have we started operating on the Côte d'Azur? No, it's the subtropical Rye Bay, but what a difference nice weather makes!

Here we are loading plum slate for Long Rake Spar on tippers of two different generations.

The Track Washer at Withdean


Took a trip to the Withdean Stadium in Brighton yesterday, to see the Bourne Sport track washer in action and get some pictures and videos.

It is an interesting piece of machinery, built around a Kubota L5040 51hp tractor. Clean water is sprayed on to the track via the front-mounted cleaning aggregate, which also contains rotary brushes. These dislodge the dirt and other debris and the dirty water is then vacuumed away into a 400 litre waste-water tank. This vacuuming process is driven by a separate Briggs & Stratton engine with a large pump. The cleaning process has a relatively low water consumption, requiring about 1 litre per linear metre - so the machine can complete one circuit of the track before having to be emptied and re-filled with clean water.

Although the track at Withdean is said to be relatively new, impressive amounts of dirt were removed by the machine - regular maintenance of this kind will clearly prolong the usable life of the surface.

Withdean stadium - the site hosted Brighton Zoo from 1920 - is now primarily used for athletics, but there is a grass pitch for football as well, which was the temporary home for Brighton and Hove Albion between 1999 and 2011. Next to the stadium is a big sports complex for indoor activities.

May Photo Competition


Time for the next monthly challenge! The rules are simple: submit a photo taken during the month of May (this year) by close-of-business on Thursday 31 May. The photo can be of any subject you think makes an interesting and/or attractive picture, but it has to include a logo of the Bourne Group (i.e. the logos of Gardenscape, Bourne Amenity, Bourne Sport or John Bourne & Co).

The prize is again a crate of your favourite beer or something similar, if you are not a beer drinker. Interesting photos submitted with a short description may get their own feature on the blog as well.

Happy snapping!