Episode 83


In this episode Chris talks to John Ryan, the co-founder and driving force behind two highly active Facebook groups, Lawn Care Legends and its spin-off the Dealer Network.

Whilst independent turf contractors and the dealers that supply them with equipment are on different sides of fence, interaction between them has proved highly beneficial says John.

With so many hostile and confrontational issues blighting the effective use of social media, John explains how he aims to establish a 'chilled-out atmosphere on-line' with respect between members of the groups being the watchword.

He explains how he deals with postings that may lead to legal actions. 'Whilst there is freedom of speech, there's no freedom of consequences when you use that freedom' he says.

Lawn Care Legends have already held social and business sessions at SALTEX, and John says something similar may be on the cards for the Dealer Network in time

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The farm and grass machinery business

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Chris Biddle

Chris is an experienced journalist specialising in the farm and grass machinery market. He has worked for a major tractor manufacturer and been a managing director of a farm and grass machinery dealership in the West Country.
In 1988, he launched trade magazine, Service Dealer followed by TurfPro in 1998, selling both titles to Land Power Publications in 2015.
He was editor of Landwards, the professional journal of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) from 2008 until 2019 and is the recipient of the 2020 IAgrE Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Land-Based industry.
Chris lives in Salisbury with his wife Trish, and is an avid cricket fan and member of the MCC for over 55 years.