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UK – The RHS's Flower Show in Cardiff is the season-opener for the society's large public events and although smaller than its Chelsea and Hampton Court equivalents, it annually attracts in the region of 30,000 visitors. The 2017 edition, the 13th staging of the event, took place in April at Bute Park and Arboretum, in the shadow of Cardiff Castle and once again proved to be a record-breaking spectacular. Themed around myths and legends, several of the show gardens took their inspiration from tales of magic and folklore and the sheer variety on offer at the show marked it as a special weekend in Cardiff's cultural calendar. Fifty specialist growers were present, educational workshops were held and the focus was firmly on visitors enjoying a relaxed atmosphere in which they could fully appreciate the variety on offer. The Floral Marquees and Plant Village were bursting with demonstrations and fresh planting ideas and the season's curtain-raiser was deemed an unqualified success by organisers and visitors.
Cardiff-based event and project management specialist, 11th Hour, was instrumental in powering the event, taking care of every electrical requirement, including those of the marquees, presentation stages and catering. Five members of 11th Hour's highly experienced team worked on the site over a three week period, installing more than five miles of electrical cabling, as well as supplying three 100KVA generators as a back-up power supply. Eighty-five Daylight lighting fixtures were installed in the floral marquees. During the course of the weekend itself, 11th Hour staff were on standby to consult with the organisers, assist with technical queries arising from exhibitors' equipment and deal with any unforeseen issues arising.
Carl Turner, project manager for 11th Hour reflects on another successful event: "We've looked after The RHS Cardiff Flower show for the past seven years and seen it grow year on year. As is the case for many such projects there's always more to it than meets the eye and the preparation is quite involved. Ultimately everything went very smoothly and the organisers were delighted with another record-breaking show. 11th Hour works across a huge range of projects, something emphasised by the fact that our next engagement in the capital involves looking after events associated with the UEFA Champions League Final, which visits in June."
11th Hour is experiencing a sustained period of growth and has recently increased the size of its team to enable it to meet this growing demand. A busy summer lies ahead that will see 11th Hour operating across the UK, supplying stage structures, lighting, sound and video, as well as mains generation and distribution for a host of indoor and outdoor events.
14th June 2017
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