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Former Derbyshire Groundsman Given Jail Sentence

Former Derbyshire groundsman given jail sentence after sabotaging pitch in revenge for being sacked by club: A former groundsman at Derbyshire has been given a prison sentence after sabotaging the club’s pitch in revenge for his sacking. Chris Hallam, 33, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and was handed eight weeks in prison, suspended for a year. […]

KCOM Groundsmen Sacked After ‘Serious Breaches Of Duty’

KCOM groundsmen sacked after ‘serious breaches of duty’: The SMC says the high-profile media campaign by Darrell Cook and Mark Harrison has forced it to explain the sackings. Two KCOM groundsmen sacked earlier this year committed serious breaches of duty and undermined trust, their employer has said. Darrell Cook and Mark Harrison were sacked by […]

Groundsman impresses judges with Union Jack front lawn

Aston Villa groundsman impresses judges with Jo Cox-inspired Union Jack front lawn in Great Barr: This, believe it or not, is someone’s front lawn which leaves passers-by in Great Barr bemused – so much so that they “often stop to stroke it”. The master behind the creation is Keith Smith, green keeper at Edgbaston Golf Club […]

Golfer says ‘thanks’ to his life-saver

Golfer who ‘died’ for 18 minutes on seventh hole says ‘thanks’ to his life-saver: A pub landlord has been reunited with the greenkeeper who gave him life-saving CPR when he collapsed on a golf-course and ‘died’ for 18 minutes. Steve Garrard, who runs The Punch Bowl pub in The Groves alongside his wife, Jan, suffered a […]

Tottenham give first look at ‘world-first dividing retractable pitch’

Tottenham give impressive first look at ‘world-first dividing retractable pitch’ for new stadium: Tottenham have offered a first look at ambitious plans to include the world’s first dividing retractable football pitch in their new stadium. A “sliding pitch” has previously been proposed in the plans for the new development as “a key element in accommodating both sports […]

High praise for club

High praise for club: The greens were packed last week at Cobram Bowling Club, where 120 people from all around Victoria gathered to play for the Cobram men’s triples tournament. Competition was fierce, but nobody was surprised when the victory went to Australia’s number one ranked bowler Barrie Lester and his teammates Josh Thornton from […]

Artificial Six-Hole Course Opens At Frilford Heath

Artificial six-hole course opens at Frilford Heath: An exciting new course has just opened at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire in the form of a unique synthetic artificial grass layout. The Yellow Course sits alongside Frilford Heath’s three existing championship courses but what sets it apart is that it has been created using Huxley Golf all-weather surfaces. The […]

Learning LIVE Signals Opportunity

Learning LIVE signals opportunity: The SALTEX 2017 free education programme is set to inspire visitors at the NEC on 1 and 2 November. With the full Learning LIVE programme set to be revealed in the coming weeks, the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has released a few teaser seminars. The programme looks set to provide limitless opportunities […]

Cricket Clubs Step Up Security After Spate Of Equipment Thefts

Village cricket clubs step up security after spate of equipment thefts: Police concede cuts to number of officers in rural areas make it difficult for them to protect cricket and other sporting clubs. Cricket clubs are being forced to invest in expensive security systems and face soaring insurance bills after a spate of thefts that is […]

‘Unfairly Dismissed’ KCOM Groundsmen Plea For Support

‘Unfairly Dismissed’ KCOM Groundsmen Plea For Support: Two KCOM groundsmen who are planning to take their ex-employers to court have called on people to help in their “fight for justice” as they aim to get their jobs back. Darrell Cook and Mark Harrison were sacked by the Stadium Management Company (SMC) in June for gross […]

County cricket Match Abandoned After Seagulls Cause Damage

County cricket Match Abandoned After Seagulls Cause Damage: The opening day of a county cricket match had to be abandoned after seagulls caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to covers leaving the pitch waterlogged. Somerset County Cricket Club were due to host Essex in a second team game, but were forced to cancel the first […]

Gabba Groundsman Kevin Mitchell To Step Down

Gabba groundsman Kevin Mitchell to step down: Long-serving Gabba curator Kevin Mitchell, who has prepared pitches at the Australian cricket fortress for over 30 years, has said he will step down after the series-opening Ashes Test. The Brisbane venue has long been acclaimed for the quality of its pitches, which invariably offer pace and bounce for […]

Special Day For Cricket Groundsmen

A Special Cricket Groundsmen’s Day is being held at the County Ground in Taunton on Wednesday September 13. The Somerset Goundsmen’s Association is organising the event, which is open to any cricket groundsman in Somerset. It takes place on the second day of Somerset’s home championship match against Lancashire , and everyone attending will get a […]

Ralph Awarded National League Groundsman Of The Year

Ralph Awarded National League Groundsman Of The Year 2016/17: Torquay United groundsman Chris Ralph has received a top award from the Football Association for the standard of the pitch in 2016/17. Ralph attended an awards ceremony at St George’s Park today along with other clubs that were also honoured. He receives the award for the […]

Vandals Target Cricket Club

Vandals target cricket club: Vandals have damaged the pitch at Alton Cricket Club by driving a vehicle over it. A series of tyre ruts has scarred the outfield at the Jubilee Playing Fields in Chawton Park Road. The culprits also drove over the square – but this was unscathed, as the constantly rolled earth is […]

John Deere Turf Care celebrates 20th anniversary

John Deere Turf Care celebrates 20th anniversary: John Deere celebrated the achievements of the team at the US Turf Care manufacturing facility last month, as it commemorated its 20th anniversary. Located in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, the 335,000ft2 Turf Care factory first opened in 1997, producing lightweight fairway mowers. Over the next 20 years the facility has […]

Unscientific Advice Putting UK At Risk From Japanese Knotweed 

Unscientific advice putting UK at risk from Japanese Knotweed: Cowboy businesses pushing ‘quick-fix’ treatments for infestations of the highly destructive Japanese knotweed plant are exposing homeowners and businesses to legal and financial risks. August in the United Kingdom is peak growth season for knotweed, as data from Bristol University’s PlantTracker app shows the weed now covers most […]

Lawnmower Man Drives The Distance

Lawnmower man drives the distance: Prison officer Andy Maxfield from Inskip in Lancashire has completed his epic journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End on a John Deere lawn tractor, while raising several thousand pounds for Alzheimer’s Society. The ‘Driving the Distance for Dementia’ Challenge set off from John O’Groats at 8am on Tuesday 25th July […]

SCH Driver Vince Risks His Life In A Heroic Act

SCH Driver Vince Risks His Life In A Heroic Act: Seconds before the inferno that destroyed a Ferrari Scuderia in South Yorkshire last week, delivery driver Vince Cook helps the shaken and bloodied Ferrari driver out of the car. After witnessing the crash which has since made headlines throughout the world, Vince from Ipswich in […]

Ransomes Jacobsen Provides Opportunities for Local Students

Ransomes Jacobsen Provides Opportunities for Local Students: Ransomes Jacobsen Ltd, the Ipswich-based turf equipment manufacturer, has recently hosted 15 pupils from local secondary schools for a week of work experience.  The students were placed in various departments within the company including Operations, Engineering, Marketing, I.T., Customer Care, Sales and HR. All students were given a thorough […]

£3,000,000 Investment Announced By Fleet Line Markers Limited

£3,000,000 Investment Announced By Fleet Line Markers Limited: Industry leading line marking manufacturer, Fleet Line Markers, has announced a new £3 million investment scheme to significantly expand its paint chemistry and software departments.  With the scheme to commence in December 2017, this latest development will enable the line marking pioneer to advance its innovations in both […]

‘Heartbreak’ For Leeds Cricket Club As Thieves Wreck Artificial Wicket

‘Heartbreak’ For Leeds Cricket Club As Thieves Wreck Artificial Wicket: A leeds cricket club faces paying out thousands of pounds to repair damage after thieves cut up and stole part of an artificial wicket. Hunslet Nelson Cricket Club volunteer Carol Thompson, 71, was “mortified” after discovering a 12ft section of the wicket in the middle […]

Agronomic Services Ltd IOG Corporate Plus Members

Agronomic Services Ltd IOG Corporate Plus Members: David Snowden, Managing Director of Agronomic Services Ltd takes full advantage of his IOG Corporate Plus Membership. “The IOG offers wonderful training opportunities for their members so I decided to take up their Reinforced Pitches Course held at St Georges Park which is a wonderful venue.” David Snowden has more […]

Ransomes Jacobsen Wins RoSPA Gold Medal Award 

Ransomes Jacobsen Wins RoSPA Gold Medal Award: Ransomes Jacobsen Limited is a winner at the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards 2017. The company, based in Ipswich, achieved the Gold Medal award (5 consecutive Golds) in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). The award was presented during a […]

Nantwich Town Groundsman Peter Temmen Nominated For Award

Nantwich Town Groundsman Peter Temmen Nominated For Award: Nantwich Town’s highly-rated groundsman Peter Temmen has been nominated for another award. Peter was the groundsman of the year winner in 2015 for his category, and was nominated again in 2016. Now he’s been shortlisted again for his amazing work in producing a top quality pitch for the Dabbers […]

Groundsmen Get Their Pants Back

Groundsmen Get Their Pants Back: “Sri Lanka Cricket regrets the unfortunate incident that you had to face and we will ensure that it will never happen again” said Ashley de Silva CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket addressing the groundsmen contracted for the three ODI’s between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. The one hundred groundsmen were compelled to […]

Seagull Deterrent ‘Gullsinator’ Arrives in the UK

Seagull Deterrent ‘Gullsinator’ Arrives in the UK: High-tech faux predator provides councils and schools with a humane way to drive seagulls away.  The Gullsinator, a new device designed to fight the ongoing battle to rid seafronts, promenades, parks, golf courses and other outdoor areas of seagulls, has arrived in the UK, and has already been successfully deployed. […]

Jim Gavin Questions Coldplay Concert A Week Before Leinster Final

Jim Gavin has questioned the GAA’s decision to stage the Coldplay concert eight days before yesterday’s Leinster SFC final. Dublin ran out comfortable nine-point winners against Kildare, but lost free-taker Dean Rock to a black card for a hand trip on Keith Cribbin in front of the Hill after 24 minutes. When he was quizzed […]

Driving The Distance For Dementia

Driving the distance for dementia: HMP Kirkham prison officer Andy Maxfield from Inskip in Lancashire is finalising plans to set a brand new Guinness World Record by driving from John O’Groats to Land’s End on a John Deere lawn tractor, while raising money for Alzheimer’s Society. The ‘Driving the Distance for Dementia’ Challenge is now due […]

Glodwick club veterans roll with it!

Glodwick club veterans roll with it! Glodwick Cricket Club duo Neil Williams and Gordon Whitehead are celebrating their 70th years by raising funds to replace the club’s heavy roller. “The present roller is a bit of a beast,” said groundsman Gordon. “It’s over 50 years old and most members won’t touch it because it is really […]

Burscough Groundsman Slams Southport FC Claims Of Unfit Pitch

Burscough Groundsman Slams Southport FC Claims Of Unfit Pitch: A WAR of words between Burscough and Southport after their friendly was cancelled at the last minute shows no signs of ending after the former’s groundsman waded into the row. Burscough FC released an official club statement on Monday evening (July 10) saying that Southport FC […]

Sri Lanka’s Cricket Board Apologises To Groundsmen

Sri Lanka’s Cricket Board Apologises To Groundsmen: Dozens of groundsmen at Sri Lanka’s Hambantota cricket stadium have complained that they were ordered to give back their uniforms before being paid — even though they were wearing them at the time. Sri Lanka’s cricket board was forced to apologise after social media reports that some workers […]

Who’d be Neil Stubley?

Who’d be Neil Stubley? Turf Matters Editor, Scott MacCallum, sympathises with Wimbledon’s top groundsman. The Head of Courts and Horticulture at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club – Wimbledon has produced a fleet of outstanding courts again this year in weather not necessarily conducive to the growing of grass. The surfaces look supreme […]

BREAKING NEWS! Sherriff Amenity & Terra Firma (Scotland) Ltd Combine

BREAKING NEWS – Sherriff Amenity and Terra Firma (Scotland) Ltd combine Sherriff Amenity, the fine turf and landscaping division of Agrovista UK Limited, one of the UK’s leading agronomy firms today announces the acquisition of Terra Firma (Scotland) Ltd, one of Scotland’s largest specialist suppliers to the amenity and local authority markets. The purchase will allow […]

Groundsmen Defend Wimbledon Courts

Groundsmen Defend Wimbledon Courts: It’s the oldest excuse in the Wimbledon book – if a tennis match doesn’t go your way, blame the grass. But this year the lovingly-manicured lawn has been subject to a particularly loud chorus of complaints, leading to concerns that the hot, dry weather has made it dangerous going in to […]

Kubota UK Strengthens Marketing Team

Kubota UK strengthens marketing team with key appointments: Kubota UK is pleased to announce it has strengthened and expanded its marketing team with the addition of four new appointments to support the company’s vision to become a centre of marketing excellence. Caroline Brown, Shannon O’Connor, Sophie Sprowell and Victoria Nemar have bolstered the team, supporting Kubota’s […]

Total-play Ltd Welcomes New Technical Consultant To Its Team

Total-play Ltd welcomes new Technical Consultant to its team – Sports turf specialist total-play Ltd has bolstered its team with the appointment of Shaun Anderson in the newly created role of Technical Consultant. Based from the Northants Head Office, Shaun will be responsible for the design of non-turf sports facilities to meet the needs of clients […]

Crystal Palace Use Garlic To Combat Parasites At Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace use garlic to combat parasites in Selhurst Park pitch – Crystal Palace have kicked up a stink around Selhurst Park this summer after using garlic to prepare their playing surface for the new Premier League season. The Selhurst Park pitch has been having problems with microscopic parasites that weaken the roots within the turf. […]

Ventrac Help Maintain Tottenham’s Training Centre

Ventrac Help Maintain Tottenham’s Training Centre – Last season’s FA Premier League runners-up Tottenham Hotspur Football Club have taken delivery of a Ventrac 4500 compact tractor and three out-front attachments to help maintain the landscaped areas at their world-class Training Centre in Enfield, North London. Commenting on the new equipment, Darren Baldwin, Head of Playing Surfaces […]

SALTEX College Cup Winners

A once-in-a-lifetime ‘Wembley’ opportunity for SALTEX College Cup winners – The opportunity to stand on arguably the most famous pitch in world football on the day of the FA Cup Final is a dream for many, but for four sports turf students from Northern Ireland – the dream has become a reality. Gavin White, Jon Crawford, […]

The Trials And Tribulations Of Tending Carlisle United’s Pitch

The groundsman’s story: David Mitchell on the trials and tribulations of tending Carlisle United’s pitch – The Blues’ award-winning stadium manager talks bent goalposts, blocked urinals, unhelpful substitutes and the best surface in League Two with Jon Colman. In the groundstaff’s office in Carlisle United’s Neil Sports Centre, the walls strewn with old photos and […]

Wimbledon Groundsman Happiest When Courts Go Unnoticed

Wimbledon Groundsman Happiest When Courts Go Unnoticed – Wimbledon’s head groundsman Neil Stubley spends most of his waking hours worrying about the 18 championship lawns under his command in the weeks leading up to the tournament. They are his pride and joy, nurtured and pampered to perfection. Yet if the coming fortnight passes off with […]

Kubota’s New RTV Is X-actly What You’re Looking For This Summer

Kubota’s new RTV is X-actly what you’re looking for this summer – Kubota UK is setting the standard in power and versatility with the launch of its new four-seater utility vehicle, the RTV-X1140.  The new model, from the market-leader in diesel powered utility vehicles, builds on the popular predecessor (the RTV1140), demonstrating its ongoing commitment to […]

Forest Green: Groundsman Nominated For Groundsman Of The Year award

Forest Green groundsman Adam Witchell has been nominated for the Football Association’s Groundsman of the Year award. With Forest Green’s pitch the world’s first organic playing surface, Adam produced an excellent surface for FGR’s promotion winning campaign without the use of pesticides or chemicals used by many groundsmen in the UK. Following his first season […]

Jacobsen’s Tournament Support At The Open De France

Jacobsen’s tournament support at the Open de France at Le Golf National – Jacobsen is providing tournament support to the greenkeeping team at Le Golf National on the outskirts of Paris, during the HNA Open de France tournament being held between 29th June – 2nd July. Technical staff from Ransomes Jacobsen in Ipswich will assist staff […]

Attack On 14 Golf Course Greens

Attack To 14 Course Greens – The owner of a Cambridgeshire golf club has said an attack to 14 of the course’s greens is the worst case of golf vandalism she has ever seen. Vivien Saunders OBE, who won the Women’s British Open in 1977 and is chair of the Association of Golf Course Owners […]

Birmingham To Kick-Start New Season On Hybrid Pitch

Birmingham to kick-start new season on revolutionary hybrid pitch – Birmingham City will kick start the new Championship season on a revolutionary new pitch at St. Andrew’s following extensive work in the offseason. The Blues have installed a brand new SISGrass Hybrid surface similar to the recent installation at the Luzhniki Stadium in Russia where the […]

Doosan Excavator is 250,000th CESAR Machine in UK

Doosan Excavator is 250,000th CESAR Machine in UK At the recent Plantworx 2017 Exhibition, a new Doosan DX85R-3 mini-excavator was unveiled as the 250,000th CESAR marked machine in the UK.  The official CESAR Scheme is owned by the UK’s Construction Equipment Association (CEA), the organisers of the Plantworx event, and is the number one anti-theft […]

Intelligent Line Marking From Rigby Taylor

Intelligent Line Marking From Rigby Taylor – The World’s First GPS Robotic System Is Now Available Intelligent One – the world’s first GPS-controlled robotic line marking system that can automatically mark out a football pitch in just 30 minutes – is now available to UK sports clubs, schools, contractors and local authorities from Rigby Taylor, […]

DLF The Only Choice For Beaufort Polo Club

Bespoke DLF Johnsons Sports Seed mixture the only choice for Beaufort Polo Club – Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury is the foremost centre for the development of Polo in the Cotswolds. With 90 acres of fields and grassed areas and just a small team around him, Head Groundsman Wlodek Sterkowicz needs a maintenance regime that’s simple […]

SCG Curator Tom Parker To Stand Down

SCG curator Tom Parker to stand down ahead of Ashes series – Outgoing Sydney Cricket Ground curator Tom Parker has cited the increasing amounts of speculation regarding the Test pitches he prepares as a reason for his resignation from the position. Tom has been in the role for twenty years and, throughout that time, has seen […]

Sport Wales Opens Up £3m Community Physical Activity Fund

Sport Wales Opens Up £3m Community Physical Activity Fund – The National Lottery funding will be distributed via two pots – the Community Chest fund and Development Grants. The former offers start-up grants of up to £1,500 for smaller organisations to stimulate sporting and physical activity, while the latter is offering individual funds of up […]

Richard Lucas Makes First Dealership Appointment

New signing at Charterhouse Richard Lucas makes first dealership appointment – Six months on from his appointment as Central Area Territory Manager for Charterhouse Turf Machinery, Richard Lucas has made his first new dealer appointment in the form of Charlies Groundcare. Responsible for the Shropshire region, Charlies Groundcare will be distributing the Redexim range of products […]

STRI Professional Qualifications For The Amenity Industry

STRI professional qualifications for the amenity industry – STRI Group, the world’s leading sports turf consultancy, has announced the training dates of its amenity sector qualification courses. The professional training courses take place during autumn and winter 2017 at STRI’s HQ in West Yorkshire, and include both introductory and professionally recognised qualifications. Courses consist of BASIS (Amenity […]

Hybrid Pitches At National Cricket Performance Centre

Hybrid pitches installed at National Cricket Performance Centre – The ECB have installed two groundbreaking “hybrid” pitches at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough, having been inspired by the impact of similar surfaces in Premier League football. The pitches combine a majority of natural turf grass with around 5% of twisted yarn. In football, that […]

Groundsman Believes New Pitches Are Key To On-Field Success

Reading Groundsman Believes New Pitches Are Key To On-Field Success – Grounds manager Adam Grantham explains the work needed to help keep pitches in pristine shape. It’s one of the most talked about things among Reading FC away from the team itself. Plenty of fans like to have their say on the pitch at Madejski Stadium . […]

10% off the Etesia Donky Electric Wheelbarrow

10% off the Etesia Donky Electric Wheelbarrow – Etesia UK has announced that the Donky electric wheelbarrow is now available with a 10% price discount. Lightweight, noiseless, no fumes and big savings on fuel – since its launch in 2015, the environmentally friendly Donky electric wheel barrow has quickly become a popular choice for those responsible […]

Shelton Sportsturf Drainage win Exporter of the Year Award

Shelton Sportsturf Drainage win Exporter of the Year Award – Lincolnshire based drainage company Shelton have won the ‘2017 Exporter of the Year’ in the East Lindsey Business Awards after reporting export growth of over 65% in the past year. Shelton design, manufacture and sell machinery specifically for the drainage of sports pitches, turf playing surfaces […]

Visiting the Spider’s Web

Visiting the Spider’s Web – A number of the UK turf industry press attended a factory visit in the Czech Republic enabling them to catch up with the latest developments being made by the manufacturers of the unique four-wheel drive wheel Spider remote controlled slope mower.  The company’s  new 1.8 million Eur, 3,500 square metre factory […]

John Deere Names Apprentices Of The Year

John Deere names apprentices of the year – A total of 33 young service technicians have graduated from the latest John Deere Ag Tech, Parts Tech and Turf Tech advanced apprenticeship programmes, run in partnership with national training provider ProVQ. John Deere has also been listed for the first time as one of the best […]

Your Industry – Your Show

SALTEX launches new 2017 campaign – Organisers of SALTEX (Sports Amenities Landscaping Trade Exhibition) have launched their new 2017 campaign, which features the distinguished heart-shaped logo formed of grass complete with the words – Your Industry – Your Show. In 1934 a groundsman at Eton College named William Bowles believed the industry needed a voice, and an […]

Pitch perfect: Wolves Invest In New Playing Surface

Pitch perfect: Wolves Invest In New Playing Surface – Work began last week on replacing the old pitch. The new one will be a state-of-the-art Desso Grassmaster hybrid pitch. There has been recent criticism of the pitch, particularly in 2015/16, but head groundsman Wayne Lombard believes the new surface will be of a high standard all […]

Volunteer groundsman praises ICL iTurf programme

Volunteer groundsman praises ICL iTurf programme – Adrian Cutliffe, Head Groundsman at Maginn Park in Buncrana, Ireland, has reported that a tailor-made ICL iTurf programme has provided him with fantastic results and excellent value for money. Adrian, who works for Pitch Dimensions – specialists in pitch construction and maintenance, has been voluntarily maintaining the surface at Maginn […]

GoGreen Energy Shines for the Owls

GoGreen Energy Shines for the Owls – Andy Thompson, head groundsman at Sheffield Wednesday FC, has reported excellent results since using Sherriff Amenity’s GoGreen Energy bio-stimulant. Having started his career in groundsmanship with Doncaster Rovers FC back in 1998, Andy progressed through the ranks and landed the head groundsman’s role at Sheffield Wednesday FC in 2014. […]

DLF Help Youngsters On ‘Their Best School Trip Ever’

DLF help youngsters get to hear of environmental issues, turf management and golf on ‘their best school trip ever’ – Kingsdown Golf Club in Wiltshire recently took the initiative to show children from a local primary school how environmental stewardship, sports turf management and the game of golf are positively linked. Tom Freeman, Deputy Course […]

Evo-Stik NPL unveils GreenFields as official Pitch Partner

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League unveils GreenFields as official Pitch Partner – Sports turf specialist GreenFields was today unveiled as the new official pitch partner to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League (NPL). The deal, initially for the 2017/18 football season, was announced at a meeting of the league’s 68 clubs, with an introductory presentation from GreenFields. GreenFields […]

Man Mowed Lawn With Tornado Behind

Man who mowed lawn with tornado behind him says he ‘was keeping an eye on it.’  – Cecilia Wessels snapped the picture of her husband, Theunis, on Friday evening as the twister passed near their home in Three Hills. She said cutting the grass was on her husband’s to-do list, and as he started the task, […]

INTURF appoint new Operations Director

INTURF appoint new Operations Director – INTURF has appointed Guy Barrett as Operations Director as part of a strategy to dramatically increase turf production to meet sustained increased demand. He brings with him nearly 40 years of turf production experience in every part of the UK, latterly at board level. “Sales have been increasing exponentially for […]

Cristiano Ronaldo Furious With Groundsman

Cristiano Ronaldo furious with groundsman after being soaked by sprinkler during warm-up – Tensions were understandably high amongst the players ahead of the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus. But they nearly boiled over when Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates were drenched by a pitch side sprinkler before kick-off. The Portuguese ace then gave the groundsman […]

Speed Seed By Name ‘speedy by nature’ Says Murrayfield GC

Speed Seed By Name ‘speedy by nature’ Says Murrayfield GC – A Redexim Speed Seed 1600 has delivered ‘two-fold benefits to the greens’ says Murrayfield Golf Club’s Head Greenkeeper Steve Hulme.  Delivered by Charterhouse Turf Machinery in September 2015, overseeding now takes less time at this 18 hole parkland course, 1.5miles from the centre of Edinburgh. […]

Exteris™ Stressgard® fungicide now available

Exteris™ Stressgard® fungicide now available – Greenkeepers can now get their hands on the new turf fungicide, that has been developed to treat for Microdochium Patch and Dollar Spot. Exteris™ Stressgard®, was launched by Bayer at BTME this January, and is now available to purchase from exclusive distributors, Headland Amenity and Rigby Taylor. “Over 10 years […]

New Low Drift Nozzles For ProShield

New low drift nozzles for ProShield – ICL has announced that all bottles of ProShield – a barrier acting, pre and post-emergent non-selective herbicide, are now being supplied with low drift sprayer nozzles. As part of the new product authorisation, which has been officially registered by the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD), ProShield will now come with […]

EU Declared Monsanto Weedkiller Safe

EU declared Monsanto weedkiller safe after intervention from controversial US official – European Food Safety Authority dismissed a study linking glyphosate to cancer following counsel with an EPA official allegedly linked to the company and who figures in more than 20 lawsuits  The European Food Safety Authority dismissed a study linking a Monsantoweedkiller to cancer […]

Fleetwood Announce New Groundsman

Fleetwood announce new groundsman – Fleetwood Town have promoted Nick Hyndman to the role of head groundsman after the departure of long-serving groundsman Dale Frith. The club announced Frith’s departure to PSD Agronomy as a senior consultant earlier this month with his deputy Hyndman gaining a promotion and officially taking over the reins on June […]

Westcountry Golf Academy Has Pro-Active Maintenance Approach

Westcountry Golf Academy now has pro-active maintenance approach with help from Headland Amenity – With a little help from some trusted industry contacts, like Richard Shapland of Headland Amenity, Jon Funnell decided to “give it a go” and take over as Head Greenkeeper at Westcountry Golf Academy in 2010.  Developed from a 12 bay driving range, […]

Cricket Club Raid Sees £13k Of Equipment Stolen

Cricket Club Raid Sees £13k Of Equipment Stolen – Thieves using high powered machinery broke in to a cricket club’s storage unit, taking £13,000 of ground maintenance equipment – one of three incidents of criminals targeting sports clubs in the area. Oldswinford and Stourbridge Social Cricket Club was victim of a ‘professional and clearly planned […]

New ProTurf Analysis from ICL

New ProTurf Analysis from ICL – ICL has announced the launch of ProTurf 15-5-15 + 2CaO + 2MgO, a new analysis to join the popular range of ProTurf fertilizers.       Over the last few years, ProTurf has become the number one choice for turf managers who are looking to significantly improve the health and presentation on […]

New Business Development Manager for Etesia UK

New Business Development Manager for Etesia UK. Etesia UK has announced the appointment of Stephen Muir in a newly formed position as Business Development Manager. Stephen started his career in the automotive industry in which he worked with prestigious brands such as Jaguar, Land Rover and Audi, and it was during this time that he gained […]

Brand New Hickstead Sponsorship for Avant

Brand New Hickstead Sponsorship for Avant. AVANT has extended its support of the All England Jumping Course, Hickstead for the 2017 competition season with a new sponsorship agreement recently announced. The Avant Ring 2 will be officially in place for the duration of the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting, The Longines Royal International Horse Show, The […]

Vandals Set Fire To Golf Course Twice In Four Days

A Greenkeeper has blasted mindless vandals who deliberately set fire to a Barrhead golf course twice in four days. Kevin Wilson hit out at the firebugs who caused two separate wildfires which left Fereneze Golf Club “scarred”. Emergency services were called to the course last Monday and Thursday to extinguish the flames, which caused smoke to billow […]

Ventrac Dealer Network Continues To Grow

The UK Ventrac dealer network continues to grow with the appointment of SGM Contracts in Scotland. The family-run business is one of the leading providers of both groundcare and garden machinery, offering a range of products and related services to councils, contractors, turf maintenance professionals, golf clubs and domestic home gardeners. Based on the Belleknowes […]

Pleasant Point Pitch Vandalism Leaves Coaches Frustrated

Pleasant Point Pitch Vandalism Leaves Coaches Frustrated. Vandals have torn up several sports fields and cricket pitches in the South Canterbury town of Pleasant Point, New Zealand – leaving teams upset and furious. Police are investigating Monday’s incident, which one coach described as the worst damage he had ever seen. Pleasant Point Cricket Club captain […]

STRI Group Strengthens Ecology And Environment Team

STRI Group strengthens ecology and environment team. STRI Group has expanded its UK regional ecology and environment operation by bringing in two new consultants. Teneille Barwick joins STRI after moving to the UK from Melbourne, Australia. She has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science and started her career at an environmental consultancy in the energy sector […]

National Golf Month Reaches Record Number Of People

National Golf Month reaches record number of people on social media. National Golf Month, the annual campaign aimed at increasing participation in golf, has achieved record levels of success on social media. With the help of celebrity ambassadors, which include Georgie Bingham, Denise van Outen, Dan Walker and Charley Hull, the #GirlsGetGolfing hashtag has reached nearly […]

Kubota Expands Partnership With Mitchell Powersystems

Kubota Engines expands partnership with Mitchell Powersystems. Kubota U.K Engine Division is pleased to announce it has strengthened its strategic partnership with Mitchell Powersystems (MPS) after extending the distribution of Kubota’s full range of engine solutions into two new territories. This latest announcement now means that MPS will distribute Kubota’s complete range of oil and water […]

EIGCA Announces Three New Partners

EIGCA announces three new Partners. The European Institute of Golf Course Architects announced the addition of three new Bronze partners during their Annual Meeting in the Costa del Sol. The three companies, Atlantic Golf Construction, EcoBunker and Progolf join six other companies that have joined the EIGCA’s Partner Programme in the last 12 months. Commenting on […]

Seeing Is Believing At Brickendon Grange Golf Club

Seeing Is Believing At Brickendon Grange Golf Club. Two new Otterbine aerating fountains to celebrate golden jubilee. There’s nothing like a bit of ingenuity to bring in the results, as Lewis Mattholie, deputy greenkeeper at Brickendon Grange Golf Club, can attest to. And the result is two new beauty spots for the club’s golfers to enjoy. […]

Leicester Groundsman Cuts Club Crest Into Centre Circle

Leicester Groundsman Cuts Club Crest Into Centre Circle. Current Premier League champions Leicester are preparing to hand over their trophy to Chelsea this weekend, but when it comes to pitch designs, the Foxes are still riding high at the top. Craig Shakespeare’s side travel to Manchester City this weekend, but they still have two fixtures remaining […]

Greenkeeper Takes Up Role As ECB Pitch Adviser

Falmouth Greenkeeper Takes Up Role As ECB Pitch Adviser. Cornwall Cricket is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Johnson, Head Greenkeeper at Falmouth Golf Club, and Head Groundsman at Mount Ambrose CC as its new named ECB Pitch Adviser. Simon has more than thirty years’ relevant experience and has prepared pitches for Minor Counties’ […]

Council Tax Bombshell

Ban on common weed killer could create £228 million council tax bombshell Research made available to the Forum has concluded that: A local authority ban on common weed killers used in the professional amenity and garden sectors which contain glyphosate would add £228 million to council tax bills each year This has been calculated as […]

Southend United Groundsman Ken Hare Reaches Settlement With Club

Southend United Groundsman Ken Hare Reaches Settlement With Club. Prospect (the union that represents football officials, cricket umpires, grounds staff and other sports professionals) has reached a mutually acceptable agreement for Southend United’s groundsman, Ken Hare, whose employment was terminated in January. Hare was dismissed on 21 January after Southend’s home match against Bolton was […]

Volunteer Groundsman ‘Sacked’ While Still On The Pitch

Volunteer Groundsman ‘Sacked’ While Still On The Pitch. A groundsman who has dedicated half of his life to volunteering for Hull City has been left devastated after being unexpectedly ‘sacked’ while on the pitch. David, 31, started volunteering at Boothferry Park when he was just 15 by offering to tidy up the pitch after every Hull […]

Storm-tec weathers it with Polaris

Storm-tec has been appointed an authorised Polaris dealer for the Republic of Ireland. The Wexford-based dealership has built an exceptional reputation supplying clients in the marine industry, including the Irish Coast Guard, Community Rescue Service, the Rivers Agency, Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Northern Ireland Fire Service. With a policy of working only with premium […]

VERTAS DELIVERS “PROFESSIONAL SERVICE” WITH TORO

Fast-growing facilities management provider Vertas Group Limited’s grounds division has invested in the adaptable Toro T4240 high-output mower to deliver a “professional service” for its customers. Vertas provide services to schools and businesses in Suffolk and across East Anglia and its grounds team, which primarily maintains sports fields for schools, football and rugby clubs, decided […]

Jonathan Pendry to join Bernhard and Company as the newly appointed Director of Agronomy

Bernhard and Company is pleased to announce that Jonathan Pendry, world leading agronomist and turf consultant, will be joining the company this October as Director of Agronomy. The company is already renowned in the industry for its ability to offer full service turf care solutions to its global customer base. Jonathan’s agronomic know-how and considerable […]

Free fertiliser efficiency appraisals from Germinal at BTME 2017

Grass seed and turf care specialists, Germinal, will be challenging greenkeepers to scrutinise the nitrogen efficiency of their existing sward nutrient programmes with a free fertiliser appraisal at the BTME show in Harrogate from 17th to 19th January 2017. The company will also be showcasing its latest perennial ryegrass cultivar which has topped the Turfgrass […]