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Price Turfcare Will Display Ventrac And Ryan Products At Saltex

First time for Price Turfcare at Saltex with Ventrac and Ryan products on display: Price Turfcare, the newly established business founded by Ransomes Jacobsen’s former sales director, Rupert Price, will be exhibiting at SALTEX for the first time on stand B124. Following the launch of the business with the Ventrac franchise back in January, it has […]

A Numbers Game At The Buckinghamshire

A Numbers Game At The Buckinghamshire: Club completes course redesign and Toro irrigation install It’s all in the numbers for The Buckinghamshire Golf Club, which has recently undergone a £3 million course redesign. The course has been lengthened to 7200 Championship yards, 112 bunkers have been redesigned to 64 and the 25-year irrigation system has been […]

Sand Plays Major Role In Kingsbarns Summer Success

Sand Plays Major Role In Kingsbarns Summer Success: Kingsbarns Golf Links may be no stranger to accolades, but its distinction as the ideal setting for the Ricoh Women’s British Open has now been verified by one of golf’s most respected authorities. The Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) recorded excellent performance data during this summer’s tournament, resulting in […]

Wiedenmann UK’s Trading Division Adds Two Mounted Maredo Machines

Wiedenmann UK’s Trading Division Adds Two Mounted Maredo Machines: GroundPro, a trading division of Wiedenmann UK, has partnered with Maredo BV to offer two tractor-mounted machines to the British and Irish market. The MT200 Flex-Verticutter and MT210 VibeSpike-Aerator will be premiered at Saltex on Nov 1 & 2. Both outstanding machines attach to tractors 25 hp and […]

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. […]

Kubota UK Gearing Up For SALTEX With Exciting New Machines

Kubota UK Gearing Up For SALTEX With Exciting New Machines: Turf professionals looking for the most innovative and high quality groundcare equipment are being encouraged to go and see Kubota UK’s newest groundcare solutions at this year’s SALTEX. The market leading machinery manufacturer is launching a number of new products on Stand C070, as well as […]

Integrated Vegetation Management Showcased At SALTEX

Integrated vegetation management showcased at SALTEX: As the final herbicide treatments of the 2017 season are applied, it is time to start considering next year’s integrated vegetation management programmes, and SALTEX is an excellent opportunity to speak to the experts at Bayer for advice and guidance on this.   The BASIS-qualified Bayer Turf and Amenity Solutions […]

Duralock Launches Half Mesh

Duralock Launches Half Mesh: Duralock is the market leading manufacturer of PVC-u sports and equestrian fencing systems; including post and rail, movable barriers, gates and crowd barriers. The company has recently launched an exciting new product under their Duralock Sports Performance Fencing label; Half-Mesh ‘Multi-purpose’ Pitch Fencing. It has been developed specifically with sports clubs […]

EGO Goes Pro At SALTEX

EGO Goes Pro At SALTEX: After just three years, during which time it has helped pioneer the battery revolution in garden equipment, EGO Power+ is taking its industry leading 56volt cordless system, designed like no other, further in to the professional market with its new x-series range. EGO Power+, has securely established itself as the […]

Line Marking Actuator Arm Patent Granted

Line Marking Actuator Arm Patent Granted: The line marking industry has evolved dramatically over the last 20 years. Advancements in technology have revolutionised the way lines are marked on sports pitches. Moving from simple wheel-wheel to machines to ride on markers, spray machines, laser guided systems and now GNSS marking. Fleet (Line Markers) Ltd are […]

Bristol and Clifton GC Awarded After Drainage Investment

Bristol and Clifton Golf Club awarded ‘England Golf  Championship Venue’ status after Greens Drainage Investment. The historic Bristol and Clifton Golf Club turned to specialist drainage firm Shelton Sportsturf Drainage to solve the problem of waterlogged greens ahead of their 125th anniversary year in 2016. The club’s Greens Chairman Carey Ashworth said: “Prior to 2015 […]

New Renewal Agreement Sees The Roehampton Club Stay With Toro

New Renewal Agreement Sees The Roehampton Club Stay With Toro: Multi-sports venue trusts in Toro for golf, tennis and croquet surfaces. Constant evolution is what sees Roehampton Club remain one of the best multi-sports Clubs in the UK. Every year for the last three years, there has been a major development at this attractive Club in […]

Kubota Announces New Groundcare Dealer Appointment

Kubota Announces New Groundcare Dealer Appointment: Kubota has further strengthened its extensive UK dealer network with the appointment of Hunts Engineering Ltd as a Kubota tractor and groundcare machinery dealer for Shipston On Stour, as well as covering Coventry, Evesham and Stratford.  Hunts Engineering Ltd will initially stock Kubota’s GR1600 II and GR1600ID range of ride-on […]

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 […]

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks: Now the Polaris Ranger Diesel and Ranger XP900 are virtually identical twins and both offer peak performance. You have the choice of a petrol engine with the Ranger 68hp XP900 ProStar engine that is purpose built, tuned and designed for balanced and smooth, reliable power. The Engine Management System (EMS) delivers the torque […]

SALTEX Provides Perfect Platform For STIHL

Stand: HO70 STIHL’s Lithium-Ion PRO Cordless product range will be showcased at Saltex, the UK’s largest event for the grounds care sector, offering contractors the durability and longevity needed to handle the toughest jobs. Taking centre stage will be STIHL’s new FSA 130s, powerful and lightweight brushcutters specifically designed for working on large areas of […]

Ransomes to Showcase New TR320 and HM600 at NEC

Ransomes to Showcase New TR320 and HM600 at NEC: Ransomes, the Ipswich-based manufacturer of commercial mowing equipment, will be showcasing the brand new TR320 triplex cylinder mower. Ransomes will be exhibiting on stand H090 at SALTEX in November. The Ransomes TR320 is one of the lightest machines on the market, ensuring that surfaces are kept pristine. […]

Reesink Turfcare Launches Toro Groundscare Mower At SALTEX

Reesink Turfcare Launches Toro Groundscare Mower At SALTEX: New Toro rotary mower is designed to improve productivity and go longer between stops.  New to Reesink’s product line and in the spotlight at SALTEX 2017, is a machine that revolutionises clipping clear up and elevates productivity to new levels. With a 41L fuel tank and 810L capacity hopper, […]

ICL paves the way for more games at Pride Park

ICL paves the way for more games at Pride Park Stadium: Nathan Scarff, Head Groundsman at Derby County FC, has revealed that a range of ICL products have helped him achieve his main target of hosting more games at Pride Park Stadium without compromising on the quality of the pitch. Nathan is entering his third season […]

Get to the bottom of tall grass, brush, thistles and weeds

Get to the bottom of tall grass, brush, thistles and weeds: IBEA Flail Mowers will get the job done! Ibea Flail Mowers with 16” tractor wheel transmission make short work of heavy duty brush, tall overgrown grass, thistles and saplings plus they are easy to use due to an uncomplicated design and controls. For steep slopes […]

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 […]

Sherriff Amenity Launch StimZyne

Sherriff Amenity Launch StimZyne: Sherriff Amenity has announced the launch of StimZyne – a new range of hydrocarbon encapsulators and plant growth promoters. StimZyne joins Sherriff Amenity’s leading range of bio-stimulants which are renowned for generating a positive effect on plant health in support of normal maintenance and fertiliser programmes. Designed to be applied on all […]

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 […]

Enhanced Peace Of Mind With Kubota Care

Kubota Offers Enhanced Peace Of Mind And Tractor Protection With Kubota Care: Kubota UK, one of the leading suppliers of agriculture and groundcare machinery solutions, is offering new and current customers the highest levels of machinery repair cost protection and peace of mind through its innovative and enhanced Kubota Care programme. By choosing Kubota Care, customers […]

CLS Sports Aid Liverpool ‘Fast-Track’ 2022 Games Bid

CLS Sports aid Liverpool ‘fast-track’ 2022 Games bid: Sports construction specialist contractor CLS Sports has completed its most prestigious athletics project to date with the opening of the upgraded Wavertree Stadium facility, Liverpool. Part of the City’s bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Wavertree Stadium has been revamped indoors and out over the last four years […]

Real Club Valderrama Invests in E-Z-GO ELiTE

Real Club Valderrama Invests in E-Z-GO ELiTE™. Ipswich, Suffolk (September 06, 2017) Real Club Valderrama, host of the 1997 Ryder Cup, is the first golf club in Spain, and one of the first in Europe to purchase a fleet of the recently launched E-Z-GO ELiTE golf cars. Local dealer Greenmowers made the delivery. Real Club Valderrama […]

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 […]

100% Toro For 125th Anniversary

100% Toro For 125th Anniversary: Machinery replacement deal for Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club In 2005 Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club, one of London’s top private members club in Richmond-on-Thames, completed an all-in machinery purchase with Toro, making the club’s shed 100 percent Toro red for the first time. 2017 marks the club’s 125th anniversary and coinciding with that […]

SISIS Javelin Aer-Aid impresses in STRI trials

SISIS Javelin Aer-Aid impresses in STRI trials: Following extensive trials conducted by the STRI (Sports Turf Research Institute), it has been concluded that the SISIS Javelin Aer-Aid tractor mounted aerator would be an essential tool within any integrated turf management programme. Over a four month period, extensive STRI trials led by Dr Christian Spring were carried […]

Futureproofing plant protection at the Amenity Forum

Futureproofing plant protection at the Amenity Forum: Delegates at the Amenity Forum will hear how an integrated approach to weed, pest and disease management is key to the future of the sector, due to the increased regulatory pressure on plant protection products. Speaking at the event on 12 October, Dr Colin Mumford, Bayer technical manager will […]

Toro Improves Turf At Grimsthorpe Castle

Toro Improves Condition And Appearance Of Turf At Grimsthorpe Castle: First time Toro customer, Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire, has purchased a Groundsmaster 4300-D rotary mower to tend the formal gardens. An improvement in the condition and appearance of the turf within the gardens of the 3000-acre estate is already evident. From Easter to September, the 65 acre […]

Letterkenny GC welcomes first Super 500 to Donegal

Letterkenny GC welcomes first: Wiedenmann Super 500 to Donegal Head Greenkeeper, John Neilly and his team at Letterkenny GC are the first recipients of a Wiedenmann Super 500 in Donegal.  The hugely versatile 3-1 collector, scarifier and verticutter was an easy choice for those who maintain the testing parkland course, with its spectacular vistas across […]

Sherriff’s Marathon Sport is King of the Jungle

Sherriff’s Marathon Sport is King of the Jungle: Stuart Vause, head groundsman at Castleford Tigers RLFC, believes that Sherriff Amenity’s range of Marathon Sport fertilisers have signalled dramatic improvements on the pitch at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle Stadium. It is safe to say that Stuart Vause has earned his stripes as the head groundsman for Super League […]

Kubota UK Tackling Rural Crime Head On

Machinery manufacturer adopts Cesar for M Series Tractors: Kubota UK’s continued commitment and investment in the agricultural sector has been raised once again after the leading machinery manufacturer announced its adoption of the official CESAR Scheme for its M Series range of tractors. The CESAR security and registration scheme is owned and managed by the Construction […]

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 […]

Toro Lynx Effect At Thorndon Park Golf Club

The Toro Lynx Effect At Thorndon Park Golf Club: The Toro Lynx effect continues at Thorndon Park Golf Club, as course manager Robert George declares it “absolutely perfect” after a season of putting it through its paces. In 2008, Robert oversaw the installation of a Toro irrigation system across the 240-acre 18-hole course in Essex. 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 […]

Maintaining High Standards At Sandburn Hall

Maintaining high standards at Sandburn Hall: Sandburn Hall Golf Club, a 6700yd par 72 parkland course with a heathland element situated in Flaxton in the beautiful Vale of York, opened just 12 years ago but already hosts major amateur and professional county events. Getting the fairways and greens to that high standard, and maintaining it, has […]

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 […]

Reesink Turfcare Announces New Finance Schemes

Reesink Turfcare Announces New Finance Schemes: Reesink Turfcare has announced four new Toro finance schemes offering six ways to pay. With flexibility at the core of them all, Toro Triple Finance and the Buy Now Pay Later scheme offer customers six ways to finance their Toro machinery. Toro Triple Finance is a firm favourite for Reesink […]

Record-Breaking Number Of Entries To IOG Awards

Record-Breaking Number Of Entries To This Year’s IOG Awards: The finalists have been announced from a record-breaking entry to this year’s prestigious Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Industry Awards 2017. Now in its ninth year, the awards – which enjoy headline sponsorship by Rigby Taylor and Top Green – acknowledge the passion, dedication and challenges faced […]

Cricket Club Bowled Over By Kubota UK And Lister Wilder

Kent County Cricket Club Bowled Over By Kubota UK And Lister Wilder Partnership: A maiden partnership between Kubota UK and Lister Wilder has seen two of the leading players in the groundcare industry join forces to support Kent County Cricket Club. The deal, announced at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, in Canterbury, is Kubota UK’s fourth […]

Gleneagles And John Deere Sign Supplier Agreement

Gleneagles And John Deere Sign Supplier Agreement: Gleneagles has signed an exclusive contract with John Deere for the supply of golf course maintenance equipment and related technology to the three championship golf courses at the award winning hotel and golf resort in Perthshire, Scotland. The resort’s Director of Golf Gary Silcock and John Deere’s worldwide Agriculture […]

Reesink Turfcare Launches Competitive Fixed Term Finance On Irrigation

Reesink Turfcare Launches Competitive Fixed Term Finance On Irrigation: Reesink Turfcare is the first distributor in the UK to offer customers fixed term finance on its irrigation products.  Available over one to seven years on Toro irrigation control systems and sprinklers, and lake aeration products from Otterbine, it offers customers the chance to invest now in […]

Versatile Ventrac for Carden Park, Cheshire’s Country Estate

Versatile Ventrac for Carden Park, Cheshire’s Country Estate: Peter Pattenden, the Golf Courses and Estates Manager at Carden Park, is the latest groundscare professional to appreciate the benefits of the Ventrac 4500 compact tractor. Purchased from one of Ventrac’s newest dealers, Cheshire Turf Machinery, the versatile machine was delivered with a selection of accessories including Contour […]

Bedford Town FC Groundsman With Dementia Wins Award

Bedford Town FC groundsman with dementia wins award: A former sportsman with dementia has been recognised as Groundsman of the Year for the Southern League. Norman Cooley, 76, is a groundsman at Bedford Town Football Club and this will be his third season looking after the grounds. Mr Cooley was nominated by the football club and […]

Jacobsen and E-Z-GO Take Over Ibiza

Jacobsen and E-Z-GO Take Over Ibiza: Golf Ibiza by azuLinehotels, the only golf course on the Spanish island of Ibiza has taken delivery of a fleet of Jacobsen equipment and E-Z-GO golf cars with Textron Fleet Management GPS (TFM GPS); the first to be sold in Spain. Local Jacobsen and E-Z-GO dealer, Greenmowers, made the delivery. […]

ICL Announce New Technical Area Sales Manager

ICL Announce New Technical Area Sales Manager: ICL has announced the appointment of Matt Nutter as the new Technical Area Sales Manager operating in South East England, including Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and North London.  Matt joins the company with a wealth of experience in the turf industry. Having initially completed an ND in Turf Science and Sports […]

GKB Sandfillers And Sandspreaders

GKB Sandfillers and Sandspreaders: The new GKB Sandfiller and SP100 Sandspreader are both from the GKB range of equipment specifically designed for the maintenance and renovation of golf courses and sports pitches. The SP100 has been developed on the back of the success of GKB’s trailed versions and to meet customer needs with easy mounting onto […]

Först Woodchipper Distribution Expands Into Belgium 

Först Woodchipper Distribution Expands Into Belgium: Redwood Global, manufacturer of Först woodchippers, has now expanded distribution of its market leading range of high performance and robust woodchippers into Belgium following a period of significant growth.   After recently setting up strategic dealer partnerships with industry experts in Germany, France, Norway and Denmark, Först has agreed a […]

New Grounds Maintenance Contract Announced For GreenFields 

New Grounds Maintenance Contract Announced For GreenFields: World Rugby Preferred Turf Producer, GreenFields has announced a new partnership with one of England’s oldest clubs, Clifton Rugby Football Club, formed in 1872. Clifton RFC who play in the fourth tier of the English Rugby Union System, the National League 2 South, have three natural grass pitches at […]

Kubota UK Launches New Domestic Zero Turn Ride-On Mower

Kubota UK launches new domestic zero turn ride-on mower: One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of groundcare equipment, Kubota UK, continues to make a significant impact in the residential market with the launch of its new zero turn ride-on mower, extending its well established domestic range. The Z122R is Kubota’s new zero turn ride-on mower designed for the domestic market, utilising the proven technology, quality and performance that […]

GKB Sandfiller for Moor Allerton GC

GKB Sandfiller for Moor Allerton GC: Keeping the golf course in prime condition year-round is always a challenge. Scarifying and sand filling are the perfect combination for improving and maintaining a good drainage system. A factor Moor Allerton Golf Club, near Wike in North Leeds, readily took into consideration when ordering a GKB SandFiller. With a […]

Visit Makita UK At SALTEX 2017

Visit Makita UK At SALTEX 2017: Makita UK will be returning to Saltex this year which takes places at the NEC in Birmingham 1-2 November 2017.  Makita will be on stand K190d within the BALI Zone. The BALI Zone features and promotes leading BALI Registered Affiliate and Contractor members.  Also confirmed for 2017 are Boningale Nurseries, M&M […]

Toro Puts Thorndon Park In Pole Position For Centenary

Toro Puts Thorndon Park In Pole Position For Centenary: With its Centenary year on the horizon in 2020, Thorndon Park continues to invest in Toro to ensure it sees in its new century in pole position.  The 18-hole golf club in Essex has been using Toro since 2007 and its most recent order consists of three […]

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 […]

Amateur Sports Pitches Can Win A Premiership Makeover

Amateur Sports Pitches Can Win A Premiership Makeover: Amateur sports teams across the country are in with the chance to be able to renovate their pitch to premiership standards! “Pitch to Play” has been launched by Allett and the Institute of Groundsmanship (the IOG) to find the amateur pitch that is most in need of a […]

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 […]

Montrose Rewrites History With Landmark Name Change

Montrose Rewrites History With Landmark Name Change: Montrose Golf Links has announced unprecedented plans to rename one of the oldest golf courses in the world. The bid to relaunch the renowned Medal Course at Montrose as the 1562 Course is part of an enterprising plan to recognise the significant role played by the ancient east coast […]

First E-Z-GO ELiTE Golf Cars Purchased in Europe

Golfsociëteit De Lage Vuursche First in Europe to Purchase E-Z-GO ELiTE Golf Cars: Golfsociëteit De Lage Vuursche, located in the Dutch province of Utrecht is the first golf club to purchase a fleet of E-Z-GO ELiTE Series golf cars in Europe. The delivery was made by local dealer Van der Pols. The Dutch golfing society was […]

New Addition To ICL’s Greenmaster Pro-Lite Range

New Addition To ICL’s Greenmaster Pro-Lite Range: ICL has announced the launch of an upgrade to its autumn/winter fine turf fertilizer range. Greenmaster Pro-Lite Invigorator Plus 4-0-14 +8Fe +2MgO is a new formulation to fit within the autumn/winter turf range with higher iron and potassium content than the original Invigorator. Over recent years, ICL’s Greenmaster Pro-Lite […]

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 […]

Kubota UK Launches New Domestic Zero Turn Ride-On Mower

Kubota UK Launches New Domestic Zero Turn Ride-On Mower: One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of groundcare equipment, Kubota UK, continues to make a significant impact in the residential market with the launch of its new zero turn ride-on mower, extending its well established domestic range. The Z122R is Kubota’s new zero turn ride-on mower designed for the domestic market, utilising the proven technology, quality and performance that […]

Dennis G34D Gives The Red Bulls A Boost

Dennis G34D Gives The Red Bulls A Boost: Dan Shemesh, Director of Stadium and Training Grounds for the New York Red Bulls has reported excellent results since purchasing a Dennis G34D cylinder mower. In 2009, after seven years at the Philadelphia Eagles Dan Shemesh landed the role of Director of Grounds at Red Bull Arena in […]

Först To Showcase Full Range At Confor Woodland

Först To Showcase Full Range At Confor Woodland: Först, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of high performance and robust woodchippers, is set to showcase its complete range of wheeled, tracked and PTO machines, including the new ST6 P petrol model, at this year’s Confor Woodland show at Longleat Estate.  The ST6 P, Först’s first sub […]

Ventrac Dealer Network Grows Apace Across The UK

Ventrac Dealer Network Grows Apace Across The UK: The Ventrac dealer network continues to grow in the UK with the appointment of two new dealers – Frank Nicol Farm & Garden Machinery Ltd and Cheshire Turf Machinery. Rupert Price, Managing Director of Price Turfcare, the UK and Ireland distributor of the Ventrac 4500 compact tractor, has […]

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 […]

Quadraplay Perfect For Groundsman

Quadraplay perfect for multi-tasking groundsman: Kevin Sturmey – chairman, chief executive AND head groundsman of Taunton Town FC, believes that the multi-functional SISIS Quadraplay single pass maintenance system has been a ‘god-send’ in helping him to maintain the pitch at the Viridor Stadium. As a former Taunton Town Reserves player and previous club sponsor – […]

Real Deal For September

Real Deal For September 10% off Toro cylinders this September: With Reesink Turfcare offering ten percent off all genuine Toro cylinders, bought this September, now’s the time to stock up and ensure a good supply and the best possible cylinder cut at the best possible price. According to agronomists, cylinder mowing is the best option for […]

Polaris Responds To Emergency Call

Polaris responds to emergency call: A new emergency police vehicle capable of mobilising officers quickly in some of West Norfolk’s most hard to reach places has been launched in Hunstanton. The Polaris Ranger 570 All-Terrain Vehicle, supplied by Linstead Farm and Garden Machinery, will be based at Hunstanton beach to help search for missing people or […]

Yeovil Golf Club Invests In Two Toro Machines For Quality

Yeovil Golf Club invests in two Toro machines for quality: Toro has impressed again at Yeovil Golf Club, where the quality of a TriFlex 3400 and Reelmaster 5610-D has shone through at the 27-hole parkland course.  While Yeovil has praised the heavy-duty 5610-D fairway mower for its comfort and “ease of use”, the 3400 greens mower […]

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 […]

Kent Cricket Pays Its Last Respects To Groundsman

Kent Cricket Pays Its Last Respects To Groundsman: Kent’s cricketing community has paid its final respects to a much-loved former groundsman. Cecil “Sammy” Fidler, who died last month aged 82, turned up for his job interview on a tractor and went onto to become one of the best known faces around the St Lawrence Ground […]

New ECHO Lithium Ion Hedge Trimmer

New ECHO Lithium Ion Hedge Trimmer: ECHO have introduced a new hedge trimmer, the DHC-200 to their 50V Lithium Ion battery series which also includes trimmers and power blowers. Like all ECHO products this hedge trimmer has built-in features which take into consideration the environment in which it will be working and operator productivity. As a […]

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 […]

Jacobsen and T.H. White Support Trilby Tour at Gaudet Luce Golf Club

Jacobsen and T.H. White Support Trilby Tour at Gaudet Luce Golf Club: Jacobsen and local dealer T.H. White provided tournament support recently as the Trilby Tour, the only televised amateur golf tournament, came to Gaudet Luce Golf Club in Droitwich as part of a series of Regional Championships across the UK. Jacobsen, together with T.H. White […]

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 […]

Vandals Scorch Pristine Golf Green

Vandals Scorch Pristine Golf Green: The hard work of maintaining a vibrant golf green came undone as it suffered extensive damage when it was scorched by youths. At around 5.10 on Monday morning, a group of youths took a wheelie bin full of rubbish and then set it on fire on the first green of […]

First Sports Stadium To Install Toro Lynx Reports Back

Lynx Let Loose At Rhino’s Home: First Sports Stadium To Install Toro Lynx Reports Back In 2013, Headingley Carnegie Stadium, the West Yorkshire home of Leeds Rhinos rugby club and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, was the first sports stadium in the UK to opt for Toro’s advanced irrigation system, Lynx. Four years on the sports […]

Kubota are racing to the finish line at BBC Countryfile Live

Kubota are racing to the finish line at BBC Countryfile Live: Kubota UK are encouraging kids to put their racing skills to the test on a specially designed racecourse with a Kubota pedal tractor.  Children who race across the finish line will be in with the chance to receive a Kubota driver’s license or a children’s […]

Premier League Bans Elaborate Pitch Designs

Premier League Bans Elaborate Pitch Designs: The Premier League has announced that unusual pitch patterns and designs are no longer permitted. Leicester City — who cut a club badge into the pitch last season — and Southampton have produced a number of unique patterns in recent years. All clubs must now adhere to the standard […]

Bobcat Extends Forestry Cutter Attachment Range 

Bobcat Extends Forestry Cutter Attachment Range: Bobcat has extended the company’s new range of forestry cutter attachments with a third model – the new FRC150ST – for use on the smaller Bobcat S630/H and S650/H skid-steer loaders and T590/H and T650/H compact tracked loaders.   The new FRC150ST complements Bobcat’s recently launched FRC150HT and FRC200HT high […]

Polaris Announce 2018 Model Highlights And Updates

Polaris Announce 2018 Model Highlights And Updates: Polaris has announced its 2018 off-road vehicle line-up highlights, with the introduction of a brand-new model and a host of significant updates across the RANGER, RZR and Sportsman families, including an all-new chassis, improved performance and enhanced technology. Following the introduction of several new models for MY2017, Polaris continues […]

STRI Group Announce Research Day Dates

STRI Group announce Research Day dates: STRI Group has announced the dates for its free annual Research Day event, hosted at its world-class facilities in West Yorkshire. Greenkeepers, grounds staff, course managers, stadium managers and other sportsturf professionals are all invited to attend the open days on the 20th and 21st of September. On the days STRI consultants […]

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 […]

Countax And A Race To The Rescue

Countax And A Race To The Rescue: Every year, universities from around the world compete to build a single seat race car for autocross or sprint racing. Formula Student is Europe’s most established educational motorsport competition, backed by industry and high-profile engineers such as Ross Brawn OBE.  The competition aims to develop innovative young engineers and […]

SALTEX 2017 Visitor Registration Now Open

SALTEX 2017 ‘Your Industry, Your Show’ Visitor Registration Now Open The countdown to Europe’s largest annual turf management event has officially begun, marked by the opening of online visitor registration. SALTEX 2017 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 1-2 November, and has already attracted over 250 exhibitors – a number that’s set to grow further in […]

Laurence Gale impressed with Dennis and SISIS Cricket Seminar

Turf Matters’ Laurence Gale attended the Dennis and SISIS Cricket Seminar. He was impressed… Dennis and SISIS have again hosted another successful cricket education event, which attracted well over 160 practising Groundsmen to St Albans School, Woollam Trust Playing Fields. The event follows on from the hugely successful ‘For the Groundsmen by The Groundsmen’ series […]

Saving Line Marking Costs Through Innovation

Saving Line Marking Costs Through Innovation: On 29th June 2017, technology giant, Apple, marked 10 years since the iPhone was first released. A fact almost difficult to believe as we consider just how much this smart device has transformed our lives; improving organization, efficiency and communication to say the least. In the Grounds Maintenance Sector, we […]

£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 […]

Reesink Turfcare Launches Range Of Tractor Attachments

  Reesink Turfcare Launches Range Of Tractor Attachments In Time For The Game Fair 2017: Reesink Turfcare is bringing to market a range of rear mounted tractor attachments for use with its TYM tractors.  Debuting at the Game Fair in Hertfordshire on 28 to 30 July 2017, the attachments available are finishing mowers, flail mowers, wide […]

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 […]

Question Time At SALTEX

The Amenity Forum will once again be hosting its ever popular Question Time at SALTEX 2017. The event is modelled upon the BBC programme where a panel of people drawn from the sector respond to audience questions on a range of topical issues concerning amenity management. Professor John Moverley OBE, Independent Chairman of the Forum, […]

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 […]

Active Investment In Middlesbrough Golf

Active investment in Middlesbrough golf: Middlesbrough Golf Centre has invested in a package of new golf course maintenance equipment supplied by Cramlington based John Deere dealer Greenlay, to further improve its pay & play and membership offering to golfers in the region. The John Deere Financial contract lease deal included a John Deere 2500E hybrid electric […]

Polaris UK & Ireland Star Prize At NGO Draw

Polaris UK & Ireland star prize at NGO draw: Polaris UK & Ireland are proud to announce they are providing the star prize for the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation’ Summer Prize Draw. The draw will be launched at this year’s Game Fair being held at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. The NGO will welcome both members and non-members […]

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 […]

SIS Pitches Announced as Main Partner at Oxford City Pitch Launch

SIS Pitches Announced as Main Partner at Oxford City Pitch Launch: Oxford City FC have announced SIS Pitches as their Main Partner for the 2017/18 season in Vanarama National League South. The City announced the partnership at the launch of their brand new SISTurf 3G pitch at Marsh Lane ahead of the pre season friendly with […]

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 […]

Groundsmen Bowled Over By ICL Independent School Seminar

Groundsmen bowled over by latest ICL Independent School Seminar: Fifty groundsmen from independent schools throughout southern England and the Midlands were presented with a wealth of useful advice and information at the latest ICL seminar, which was held at Edgbaston Stadium – home to Warwickshire CCC and the Birmingham Bears. Aimed specifically at turf professionals working […]

Investment Brings Dividends To ‘Loveliest Castle In The World’

Investment Brings Dividends To ‘Loveliest Castle In The World’: Irrigation system completes Foundation investment at Leeds Castle Golf Club. Leeds Castle in Kent is at the conclusion of a two-year project to revitalise the golf course and clubhouse. The extensive project ends with the installation of a Toro Lynx control system, Toro T7 sprinklers on the […]

The new Vstrong Doesn’t Miss An Inch

The new Vstrong doesn’t miss an inch: Every turf professional is naturally looking to preserve their sports pitch in excellent condition. The problem is dealing with weed, thatch and moss requires a continuous maintenance regime. You need to ensure there is the maximum amount of activity from bacteria and micro organisms to decompose thatch. Whilst aeration […]

Ransomes Donates to Local Bowls Club

Ransomes Donates to Local Bowls Club: Ransomes, a Textron Specialized Vehicles brand, has donated a Ransomes Super Bowl pedestrian cylinder mower to Waldringfield & District Bowls Club based in Ipswich, Suffolk, after the club relocated itself to unused land which members have since renovated at Ransomes Sports Club on Sidegate Avenue. Originally based in Waldringfield, the […]

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. […]

Toro Classic Leading The Way Nearly 30 Years Later

Toro Classic Leading The Way Nearly 30 Years Later: Revolutionary design of Greensmaster 1000 still influencing greens cutting.  Sometimes things happen – new products are launched, new technology is developed, or in perfect harmony the two combine – and the result is something that just can’t be beaten, even 28 years later. Toro’s Greensmaster 1000 […]

Why Golf Greens Are About To Become Better Than Ever

Why Golf Greens Are About To Become Better Than Ever: Modern turf management practices are raising the standards for golfers.  Greenkeeping Lecturer Anthony Stockwell gives us an update on the modern turf management practices that are raising the standards for golfers. Updates in technology are driving the greenkeeping industry at an accelerated pace. Once keepers of […]

Dennis Mowers Integral For Stoke City FC

Dennis Mowers integral for Stoke City FC: Both the Dennis G860 and the Dennis Premier play an integral role in maintaining Stoke City FC’s bet365 Stadium pitch and training ground, according to grounds manager Andy Jackson. Having joined the club as an apprentice on a YTS scheme, Andy Jackson now oversees all of Stoke City FC’s […]

iTurf improves 9 hole Cruit Island GC

iTurf improves 9 hole Cruit Island GC: Despite working with a small budget, Brian McMonagle, Head Greenkeeper at Cruit Island Golf Club in Donegal, Ireland, has still managed to significantly improve the course through a tailor-made ICL iTurf programme. Situated on the edge of the Atlantic coast with breath-taking panoramic views, Cruit Island Golf Club […]

East Grinstead RFC Purchases First Iseki TLE4490 in Europe

East Grinstead RFC Purchases First Iseki TLE4490 in Europe: East Grinstead Rugby Football Club located in West Sussex has taken delivery of the first Iseki TLE4490 tractor sold in Europe. The tractor was delivered by local Iseki dealer, Yeowart Agricultural Ltd. The new tractor will be used to manage and maintain three full-size pitches covering a […]

Leeds line up with Pitchmark

Leeds line up with Pitchmark: Leeds United Football Club’s groundscare team have been using Pitchmark Ecoline+ line marking paint since 2015 and are currently adding a fourth Eco Club spray line marking machine to their kit. Ecoline+ is one of the most advanced low volume ready-to-use marking paints available. When used in combination with Pitchmark’s Eco […]

Limagrain’s MM range is rapid at King’s Bruton

Limagrain’s MM range is rapid at King’s Bruton: Adrian Davis, head groundsman at King’s Bruton School in Somerset, has reported remarkable germination speed and recovery rates from Limagrain’s leading MM range of grass seed mixtures. In 1519, three eminent people born in Bruton, Richard Fitzjames – Bishop of London, Sir John Fitzjames, later to become Chief […]

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 […]

What’s New On Makita’s Outdoor Maintenance Equipment Agenda

What’s New On Makita’s Outdoor Maintenance Equipment Agenda 4-stroke MM4 back-pack blower, lighter with great performance 4-stroke MM4 line trimmer with spring-assisted recoil starter 4-stroke mulching lawn mower cuts close to walls with offset blade 18v grass shear with hedge trimmer attachment Four new machines have been introduced to Makita’s outstanding range of outdoor maintenance […]

Redexim Synthetic Maintenance Machinery

Redexim synthetic maintenance machinery completes Ipswich BC’s capabilities: Ipswich Borough Council – via 3 teams at Chantry Park, Holywells Park and Christchurch Park – maintain all natural surfaces of sports grounds, open spaces, schools and play areas in the Borough.  When the decision was taken to pull the synthetic surface maintenance in-house, the council decided that […]

Support For Notts Golf Club At Qualifier For Major Tournament

Support For Notts Golf Club At Qualifier For Major Tournament: Kyoeisha UK, the distributor of Baroness professional mowing equipment, supported Notts Golf Club when they hosted the final qualifier for a major tournament, held at Hollinwell on 4th July 2017. Notts Golf Club is a heathland course, measuring 7,250 yards and set in 400 acres of […]

Paul Burgess Is The First Man To Lay Eyes On UCLA

Paul Burgess Is The First Man To Lay Eyes On UCLA: The first man to lay his eyes on Real Madrid’s pre-season training venue from the Los Blancos camp was head groundsman Paul Burgess on Monday, checking the condition of the UCLA pitches ahead of the team’s workouts. Traveling over early with assistant Adrian Romero, Burgess […]

Campey Turf Care Systems Conquer Europe

Campey Turf Care Systems conquer Europe with 2017 Renovation Tour: The Campey Turf Care Renovation Tour ended in Rotterdam, Holland, with the highly successful 7 week event educating turf professionals on renovation best practise. There was an average of 60 groundsmen and greenkeepers across each event, giving Campey a strong platform to educate using cutting edge […]

‘Phenomenal’ SISIS Osca Works Wonders For The Potters

‘Phenomenal’ SISIS Osca works Wonders for the Potters: Andy Jackson, grounds manager at Stoke City FC, has reported ‘phenomenal’ results since incorporating the SISIS Osca tractor mounted oscillating brush into his synthetic surface maintenance programme. It is safe to say that Andy Jackson is a one-club-man. Having started as an apprentice at Stoke City FC in 1994, […]

Bobcat Introduces All New XRZ & XRZ Pro Zero Turn Mower

Bobcat introduces all new XRZ & XRZ Pro Zero Turn Mower: To ensure Bobcat and its customers are competitive in the Utility and Budget Priced zero turn market Bobcat have introduced the XRZ & XRZ Pro models. Built for lawn mowing professionals who put affordability high on their shopping list without compromising quality. Price range XRZ- […]

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 […]

Souters Sports Bring Architect’s Vision To Life

Souters Sports bring architect’s vision to life: After successfully completing a huge bunker renovation project at the prestigious West Kilbride Golf Club in Ayrshire, Souters Sports have been widely praised by both the club’s secretary and architect. The West Kilbride Golf Club, established in 1893, is situated on the Ayrshire coast, with spectacular views across the […]

Second Toro Agreement For Sherborne

Five Years Trouble-Free Mowing Sees Second Toro Agreement For Sherborne Five years of trouble-free mowing sees Sherborne Golf Club on the border of Dorset and Somerset embark on its second five-year partnership agreement with Toro. Coinciding with an extensive re-landscaping project, Toro has earnt its position at the club by being able to cope with […]

Fleet Upgrade Pays Dividends

Fleet Upgrade Pays Dividends: When Potters Point holiday resort in County Wicklow, Ireland replaced its golf course maintenance equipment fleet, it carried on a 20-year association with John Deere. This exclusive luxury mobile home park was established in 1957 and is situated in rolling parkland on a stunning headland overlooking Brittas Bay. Resort members have […]

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 […]

Reesink Turfcare Service Branch In East Anglia Expansion

Reesink Turfcare service branch in East Anglia expansion: Reesink Turfcare has concluded a recruitment drive to expand its service branch in East Anglia with five new members joining the team in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. Stuart Hall joins the company as service manager and Andrew Carpenter comes on board as parts supervisor. Both appointments further strengthen the […]

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 […]

18 Cub Cadet Infinicut™ Units At Wimbledon

Mower fleet replaced at Wimbledon with 18 Cub Cadet Infinicut™ units: MTD Specialty Turf Products (formally ATT) has completed the order of 18 Cub Cadet Infinicut™ mowers to The All England Tennis Club at Wimbledon.  The Cub Cadet Infinicut™ is a visually striking machine and has one of the shortest footprints of any walk behind […]

Toro Brings The Wow Factor

Toro Brings The Wow Factor And More Members To Chevin Golf Club – Chevin Golf Club’s first Toro fleet has brought the wow factor to an already impressive course and according to course manager Andy Mellor club membership has increased.  The 18-hole course six miles north of Derby, which is a mix of parkland and moorland, […]

Worcestershire’s Smart Cut Wins Wychavon District Council Contract

Worcestershire’s Smart Cut Wins Wychavon District Council Contract – Specialist grounds maintenance business Smart Cut Limited has retained the open spaces and verge maintenance contract with Wychavon District Council following a competitive tender. This is the fourth successive contract Smart Cut has won under a competitive tender in recent years. This latest contract for the […]

Another Franchise For Price Turfcare

Price Turfcare, the recently established business founded by Ransomes Jacobsen’s former International Sales Director, Rupert Price, has been awarded the UK and Ireland distribution rights for the Ryan range of turf maintenance equipment. For an initial six-month period from June 2017, Price Turfcare will be the joint distributor together with existing distributor, Ransomes Jacobsen. Following […]

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 […]

The 7 Best Ways To Use Leisure Grass

The 7 Best Ways To Use Leisure Grass Leisure grass is used widely in domestic, commercial and even educational settings. If you’ve got a leisurely outdoor activity or project planned, then there’s a good chance that leisure grass could help to get the idea off the ground. Whether it’s a full golf course which needs […]

Celebrating Public Parks

Celebrating Public Parks And Revaluing Their Contribution To Community Health And Wellbeing National Have a Field Day 8th July  to demonstrate public support for parks  Visit your local park this weekend – you’ll feel happier and healthier as a result  Have a Field Day on Saturday 8th July is a celebration of the UK’s parks […]

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. […]

ICL Combat Wear & Tear at Ely City GC

ICL Combat Wear & Tear at Ely City GC – Andy Baker, Head Greenkeeper at Ely City Golf Course in Cambridgeshire, believes that his use of ICL products have significantly improved the high wear areas on the course despite facing unfavourable weather conditions and heavy usage. Andy, who has been at Ely City GC for over […]

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 […]

Complete Weed Control Embraces Innovative Jacobsen SprayTek

Complete Weed Control Embraces Innovative Jacobsen SprayTek  – The south and central Wales branch of Complete Weed Control, the specialist contract service franchise, has purchased a Jacobsen SprayTek XP sprayer to help with the eradication of weeds in the region.  Chris Philips, Sarah Philips and Alan Abel are directors of Complete Weed Control – South and Central […]

Toro Trio Impresses Duns Golf Club

Toro Trio Impresses Duns Golf Club – Duns Golf Club, an 18-hole parkland course established in the Scottish Borders in 1894, has recently taken charge of three new Toro machines, which join the existing fleet to maintain almost 100 acres of turf. And since the Toro trio purchase less than a month ago the undulating course […]

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 […]

Greetham Valley Just Got Greener

Greetham Valley Just Got Greener – Environmental Golf Course of the Year invests in Toro’s Reelmaster 5010-H  The Environmental Golf Course of the Year, Greetham Valley Golf Club, gained its title at the prestigious national Golf Environment Awards 2017 for its extensive efforts to increase biodiversity and reduce its carbon footprint. The club’s conscientious environmental attitude […]

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 […]

Two More TYM Tractors For Oundle School

Two More TYM Tractors For Oundle School – Tractor specification remains “unrivalled” for independent School Less than a year after purchasing three TYM tractors, Oundle School, one of the UK’s leading independent Schools, has invested in two more as it aims to create the finest sports facilities of any independent school in the UK. Head of […]

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 […]

Harpenden Common GC Turn Trilo SG400 Into Multifunctional Machine

Harpenden Common GC turn their Trilo SG400 into a multifunctional machine – The 18-hole parkland course on Harpenden Common in Hertfordshire features a mixture of mature woodland and gorse.  The club has used a Trilo SG400 vacuum sweeper to deal with the substantial leaf fall for many years now, but the introduction of a scarifying unit […]

Alan Ferguson Has Agreed To Part With The FA

The FA have confirmed that Head of Grounds & Estates Alan Ferguson has agreed to part company with the FA by mutual consent. This agreement follows a further restructure of the FA’s operations. The FA stated that they would like to wish Alan well going forward and that Alan had asked them to share the […]

Fleet Line Markers Launches New Kombi Classic

Fleet Line Markers Ltd. Launches New Kombi Classic – Industry leading line marking manufacturer, Fleet Line Markers Ltd, is excited to announce the launch of the new Kombi Classic: Its latest pedestrian line marking machine that guarantees ease of use, whilst producing quality, well-defined lines with adjustable widths.  Developed by Fleet Line Markers’ innovative in-house team, […]

Golf Bunkers Made From Crushed Beer Bottles

Golf Bunkers Made From Crushed Beer Bottles – A Taranaki golf club has hit on a novel way to promote the game and encourage more memberships. Kaitake Golf Club, west of New Plymouth, has invested in 30 tonnes of fine grain crushed glass sand to fill three new bunkers on the 5500 metre long course. The crushed […]

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 […]

Thousands Of Pounds Worth Of Equipment Stolen

Professional thieves are thought to be behind two break-ins at a tennis club and cricket club in which thousands of pounds worth of equipment was stolen. Billericay Tennis Club and Billericay Cricket Club, which are both based in Blunts Wall Road, were targeted by thieves overnight last Friday. The vandals drilled through padlocks on containers […]

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 […]

Liverpool Relay New Pitch And Drainage System

Liverpool Relay New Pitch And Drainage System – The Reds will play on a new surface as they prepare for a long campaign in the Premier League and Champions League Liverpool are preparing for the new season by relaying the Anfield pitch. The Reds will play on a brand new surface as set themselves up […]

ATT SMARTUltraGroomer™ cassettes help Ely City GC

ATT SMARTUltraGroomer™ cassettes help Ely City GC move over to Bent grasses – To provide a more even transition between Bent and Poa grasses in the greens surfaces, Ely City Golf Club have invested in a set of SMARTUltraGroomer™ cassettes from within the ATT TMSystem™ range.  Opened in 1962, and extended to 18 holes in 1973, […]

Tottenham Not Allowed To Alter Wembley Pitch

Tottenham not allowed to alter Wembley pitch – Tottenham’s plans to reduce the size of the Wembley playing surface have been blocked by the Premier League. Spurs will play their home matches at the national stadium next season while their new £800million home is built ready for the start of the 2018 – 19 season. Mauricio […]

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 […]

Replay Rejuvenation Process Pays Dividends At Ecclesall LTC

New for Old – Replay Rejuvenation process pays dividends at Ecclesall LTC – Ecclesall Lawn Tennis Club in Sheffield has enlisted the help of Replay Maintenance to bring some much needed TLC to its 4 artificial grass courts to bring them back to a safe and playable condition.  Celebrating its centenary in 2015 the club […]

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 […]

Spider Launches Social Media Campaign With ‘Mow-Na Lisa’

Spider Launches Social Media Campaign With ‘Mow-Na Lisa’ – Dvorak, the Czech-based manufacturer of the Spider range of remote-controlled slope mowers, has launched its first global social media campaign featuring a giant version of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa portrait, mown on a hillside at Dolní Kalná in the Czech Republic. The portrait, on […]

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 […]

Hartfield Golf Club Members Happy with Course Improvements

Hartfield Golf Club Members Happy with Course Improvements – Hartfield Golf Club, located in Perth, Western Australia, has seen drastic improvements on the course after purchasing a range of machinery from Jacobsen. Delivery was made by local Jacobsen dealer McIntosh & Son.  Nick Kinley is the course superintendent at Hartfield Golf Club having joined three and […]

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 […]

Synthetic Success at Bloxham School

Synthetic Success at Bloxham School – Tom Hall, deputy head groundsman at Bloxham School in Oxfordshire has reported excellent results from using SISIS equipment to maintain the school’s two synthetic sports surfaces. With a rich history that can be traced as far back as 1853, Bloxham School is a prime example of great British public schooling. […]

The answer for groundsmen?

The answer for groundsmen? Artificial surface maintenance machinery is one of the fastest growing areas for SCH (Supplies) Ltd. Having worked with maintenance contractors and sports groundsmen over a number of years, SCH say they are producing more and more of these products and are flattered by the amount of interest they have received in […]

Wiedenmann Gives Scotscraig GC Additional Polish

Extra Wide 3.95 m Wiedenmann Terra Brush Gives Scotscraig GC Additional Polish – A golf club celebrating its bicentenary this year has taken delivery of a double width Wiedenmann Terra Brush. Scotscraig Golf Club is the world’s 13th oldest course and was founded in 1817 by members of the St Andrews Society of Golfers. Just 15 minutes north […]

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 […]

Bletchley CC Winner Of Total-Play Ltd Competition

Bletchley CC bags itself a Rain Cover as winner of total-play Ltd competition – Milton Keynes village side Bletchley CC has just taken delivery of a brand new Rain Cover pitch cover courtesy or cricket pitch specialist total-play Ltd. The club was drawn from entries in a Facebook competition run by the company to mark the […]

Total-Play Cricket Pitch Covers The Ideal Choice for Raskelf CC

Rain Defender mobile cricket pitch covers the ideal choice for Raskelf CC – As the winner of the Niddedale League’s ground award for their division for the past seven seasons, it’s fairly safe to say that Raskelf Cricket Club takes its grounds management pretty seriously. When looking to replace its ageing self-built ground covers recently, the […]

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 […]

Dennis Mowers: “A Pedigree No-One Can Argue With”

Dennis Mowers: “A pedigree no-one Can argue with” – Glenn Davies, grounds manager at Bloxham School in Oxfordshire has claimed that he chooses Dennis because of the “strength, history, quality and durability” of the mowers. Set in the beautiful countryside of Oxfordshire, Bloxham School is an independent co-educational day and boarding school for students aged 11-18. Although […]

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 […]

Council Sees Efficiency Soar Thanks To New Toro Mower

Council Sees Efficiency Soar Thanks To New Toro Mower – Uttlesford District Council’s decision to opt for Toro’s LT-F3000 flail when the need arose for a new grounds mower to tackle the area’s parks and open spaces is one that has made a significant difference to productivity and efficiency. The LT-F3000 is expected to maintain 760,000 […]

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, […]

Malvern Hills Puts Kubota’s Latest RTV To The Test

Malvern Hills puts Kubota’s latest RTV to the test – Kubota UK’s commitment to the environment has stepped up once more this month after the market leading machinery supplier loaned its RTV-X900 utility vehicle to the Malvern Hills Trust, a charity that conserves the iconic, ecological landscape in Worcestershire. As a popular destination for tourists and […]

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 […]

Greenkeeping Equipment Stolen From Golf Club

Greenkeeping equipment stolen from golf club – Police officers investigating a burglary at Lisburn Golf Club last month have appealed for anyone with information about the incident to come forward. It was reported that sometime between May 18 and 21, two backpack blowers and a turf cutter were stolen from a shed close to the front […]

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 […]

TYM Tractors Debut At The Game Fair 2017

TYM Tractors Debut At The Game Fair 2017 – Reesink Turfcare is bringing TYM tractors to the 59th Game Fair in Hertfordshire on 28 to 30 July 2017 for the first time. The event, which is billed as the nation’s largest celebration of the Great British countryside, draws a large crowd of people from the woodland […]

Versatile GreenMech EcoCombi 150 Helps Wildlife Trust

Versatile GreenMech EcoCombi 150 helps Wildlife Trust make light work of chipping and shredding – The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) is one of 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK.  To help power a biomass boiler which heats the visitor centre, the Trust invested in an EcoCombi 150 chipper/shredder from GreenMech.   Formed […]

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 […]

Ransomes Helps Burgled Cowbridge Cricket Club

Ransomes Helps Burgled Cowbridge Cricket Club – Ransomes, a Textron Specialized Vehicles brand, has donated a Ransomes Super Bowl pedestrian cylinder mower to Cowbridge Cricket Club located in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, after the club became a victim of a burglary.  The club is a not-for-profit members’ club with a remit to provide sporting opportunities […]

Replay Travel To Iceland To Deliver Talk On Synthetic Surfaces

Replay travel to Iceland to deliver talk on synthetic surface maintenance – A team from Replay Maintenance were recently invited to deliver a seminar, entitled ‘The Maintenance of Artificial Turf’, to a select congregation at the Kórinn Stadium in Iceland.  As the take up of Football increases in Iceland, so does the market for synthetic […]

The Vale Resort Tees Up A Six-Figure Golf Investment

The Vale Resort tees up a six-figure golf investment – The Vale Resort in South Wales has invested more than £400,000 in state-of-the-art John Deere golf course maintenance equipment, supplied by local turf professional dealer Frank Sutton Ltd of Raglan in Gwent. The resort, home to two championship golf courses, has bought 16 new high-tech mowers […]

Lancaster GC Chooses Wiedenmann

Lancaster GC chooses Wiedenmann duo for rough management – One of Lancashire’s finest venues, the Lancaster Golf Club has opted for a Wiedenmann Terra Rake and a Wiedenmann Super 500. The James Braid designed course, coveted for its wide fairways and spectacular 18th hole, is about to embark on a major rough management programme. Carl Hamlett, Course […]

Dennis And SISIS Announce Cricket Renovation Event

Dennis and SISIS announce Cricket renovation event – Dennis and SISIS have announced that they will be hosting a cricket renovation event at St Albans School, Woollam Trust Playing Fields on Tuesday 18 July 2017. This event follows on from the hugely successful ‘For the Groundsmen by The Groundsmen’ series of seminars that started in 2011 and have […]

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 […]

SCH Ltd Has One Of Its Busiest Quarters

SCH (Supplies) Ltd has had one of its busiest quarters since it began trading more than thirty years ago. We are delighted to be taking so many orders – a sign, we feel, of the faith that our customers and dealers have in us as a company. This has been a busy time for us […]

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 […]

Rigby Taylor delivers a first-class course at Alfreton GC

Rigby Taylor delivers a first-class course at Alfreton GC – “We’re only an 11-hole course – we’d love to be able to expand – but we think we’ve got the best small course in Derbyshire!” Head greenkeeper Andy Fenn doesn’t hold back when describing Alfreton Golf Club and while he admits that his is a […]

Upkeep Of City Of Culture’s Green Spaces Entrusted To Toro

Upkeep Of City Of Culture’s Green Spaces Entrusted To Toro – Kingstown Works Limited (KWL) based in Kingston upon Hull, this year’s City of Culture, has recently invested in seven Toro Groundsmaster 3400 out-front rotary mowers to be operated by its largest client Hull City Council. The seven machines will play a key role in keeping […]

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, […]

Landini Compacts Have Proven Features For Turf And Groundscare Work

New-look Landini compacts have proven features for turf and groundscare work – A stylish new appearance for the Landini compact tractor is combined with proven specifications and features to make an attractive choice of power units for all groundscare operations. The new three-model Landini 2 Series, which has replaced the well-known Mistral, sports new family-look […]

Once A Red Always A Red

Once A Red Always A Red – Former Arsenal FC groundsman invests in Toro for lawn and turfcare management business It’s hard to imagine better credentials than those of ex-Arsenal Football Club groundsman, Mark Pettit, and IOG recognised young groundsman, Josef Farrow, when it comes to the management of your lawn or pitch. The two professionals […]

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 […]

Understanding The Role Of Bedknives

Understanding The Role Of Bedknives. True or false – the fine finish from a cylinder mower is down to luck? It’s the time of year when advice on checking bedknives is regularly dispensed, and rightly so with high season fast approaching. However, it’s good to stop for a moment and understand how and why operating, adjustment […]

Bolton Old Links GC Chooses Four Wiedenmann UK Machines

Bolton Old Links GC Chooses Four Wiedenmann UK Machines. Bolton Old Links GC’s championship course is poised for some significant grooming after taking delivery of four Wiedenmann UK machines.  Delivered in March were a Whisper Twister blower, a Terra Spike GXi8 HD aerator, a 1.7m Terra Rake and a Super 500 three-in-one sweeper collector. “The board […]

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 […]

Commitment To Toro With Five-Year Contract

Pivotal Point In Club’s History Sees Commitment To Toro With Five-Year Contract. We often hear about how a new course manager or head greenkeeper introduces Toro to a club. Giving credence to the phrase quality is not an act it is a habit, when Dave King moved to Cricket St Thomas Golf Club two years ago from […]

New Instrata Elite Offers Turf Disease Control Outside And In

New Instrata Elite offers turf disease control Outside and In. The launch of an exciting new fungicide active for turf disease control now gives a powerful combination of curative and contact plus systemic properties, for reliable turf protection outside and in the plant. Now approved for Microdochium control in the UK, Instrata Elite combines the new active […]

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 […]

Royal Birkdale Gets Ready For The Open

Royal Birkdale gets ready for The Open. Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport hosts the 146th Open Championship this July, which will be the 10th time it has been held at this stunning links course north of Liverpool. Since the first Open here in 1954, the course has been, alongside Royal Lytham, the most regular venue […]

New DX17Z Mini-Excavator Launched By Doosan

New DX17Z Mini-Excavator Launched By Doosan. The new DX17Z mini-excavator from Doosan is ideal for rental and urban construction sites with limited space.  It is designed for all types of applications that require frequent mobility, compact size, powerful performance and a comfortable working environment for continuous work on confined space sites.   The 1.7 tonne DX17Z is a […]

Work Starts On Preparing Burton Albion Pitch

Work starts on preparing Burton Albion pitch for 2017/18 Championship season. It may only be a week since the season finished for Burton Albion, but work has already started on preparing the Pirelli Stadium pitch for next term. The top surface was removed on Monday as Albion ground staff look to reproduce the quality of […]

Highspeed Group’s Longest Serving Agent Retires

Highspeed Group’s longest serving agent retires. Paul Dyter, now 82, who joined Highspeed as an agent in June 1993 has decided that after twenty four years’ service, the time is right for him to retire. Paul joined what was then Highspeed Lubricants Ltd., selling specialist oils and greases to golf courses in his area of South […]

Etesia Launch Bahia Joyride

Etesia launch Bahia Joyride. Etesia UK has announced the launch of the Bahia Joyride – a unique ride-on mower controlled by a joystick or via GPS for autonomous operation. Working in partnership with FeBroLift GmbH, the Bahia Joyride is operated exclusively by a joystick: some of its features, such as automatic emptying of the grass box (optional) […]

Cub Cadet’s Infinicut™ for Essex County Cricket Ground

 Cub Cadet’s Infinicut™ for Essex County Cricket Ground. After 20 years of service the Essex County Ground in Chelmsford decided it was time to replace their existing mower fleet.  Head Groundsman at the club, Stuart Kerrison, wanted something ‘technologically advanced’ and, after some research and some recommendations from trusted industry colleagues, decided the Infinicut™ mowers from […]

STM-SCAG V-Ride Earns Its Stripes

STM-SCAG V-Ride earns its stripes. The “V-Ride” stand-on mower is in the range of SCAG mowers supplied by STM Co Ltd in the UK and parts of Europe. It finds a lot of popularity for its being a small and nimble machine, ideal for intricate work. Now Jamie Jones of Jamie’s Garden Services, working on domestic […]

New Ranger On Sculthorpe Moor

New Ranger on Sculthorpe Moor. A Polaris Ranger 6×6 off-road utility vehicle has proved the ideal solution for Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve in Fakenham, Norfolk. Created and managed by the Hawk and Owl Trust, there is no more peaceful place to observe the rich variety of wildlife in the woodland, fen and reed bed habitats […]

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 […]

Mid Kent GC Favours Wiedenmann Values Again

Mid Kent GC Favours Wiedenmann Values Again. Mid Kent GC Course Manager, Lee Sayers has opted for his fourth Wiedenmann Terra Spike purchase in a row. The Master Greenkeeper at the Gravesend club already has an XP8, the deepest aerator in the Wiedenmann range, and previously two others. “At the demo the quality of the […]

New Agreement For Distribution Of Spider Mowers

New Agreement For Distribution Of Spider Mowers  As part of a continuing strategy to strengthen distribution across Europe, Dvorak, the Czech manufacturer of Spider mowers, has appointed Machines4Green of Hooghalen in the Netherlands as their distributor for the BeNeLux region. Machines4Green, which recently changed ownership and is now owned by Roy Gerrits, were previously Spider […]

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 […]

Burden Bros Agri Ltd Take On Complete Charterhouse Range

Burden Bros Agri Ltd Take On Complete Charterhouse Range For Sussex. Charterhouse Turf Machinery have announced the appointment of Burden Bros Agri Ltd as their dealer for Sussex. Operating from their Framfield depot, Burden Bros Agri Ltd will be stockists of the Redexim range of both natural and synthetic turf maintenance machinery, as well as the […]

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 […]

Vitalnova Blade: A Proven Biostimulant

Vitalnova Blade: A Proven Biostimulant. Biostimulants are substances and microorganisms applied to plants and rootzones to enhance plant growth, and rootzone microbial activity. Historically the diversity of biostimulant products available was limited but in recent years a plethora of new products have come to the market in response to an increase in demand and interest.   The […]

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’ […]

Reesink And Aquatic Test The Waters With Free Irrigation Training Day

Reesink And Aquatic Test The Waters With Free Irrigation Training Day – Positive feedback means this event could be the first in a series. Experts in turf maintenance equipment Reesink Turfcare and turf irrigation specialists Aquaturf Solutions held a free Turfcare Professionals Irrigation Training Day in Dublin this spring to teach course managers how to identify […]

Dennis G34D Praised By Doncaster Rovers

Dennis G34D praised by Doncaster Rovers. James Davison, head of grounds at Doncaster Rovers Football Club has praised his new Dennis G34D cylinder mowers claiming they provide him with a finish worthy of Premier League standards. It is fair to say that not one day is ever the same for James and his four members of […]

Campey 3 Day Pitch Renovation At Greenock Morton FC

Campey Turf Care Systems three day Mini Pitch Renovation at Greenock Morton Football Club open to all. Campey Turf Care Systems are carrying out a three-day mini pitch renovation at Scottish Championship side, Greenock Morton Football Club, from Tuesday 30th May to Thursday 1st June. Campey would like to extend an open invitation to all groundsmen […]

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 […]

Cleaner, Greener, Quieter Mowing With Toro

Cleaner, Greener, Quieter Mowing With Toro. Toro’s hybrid duo bring unparalleled results that don’t cost the Earth. To meet the demands of turf professionals across the UK wishing to reduce their carbon footprint, save fuel and cut operating costs, Toro‘s hybrid mower duo have been through years of thorough testing to deliver this while ensuring high […]

Replay And England Hockey Extend Agreement For A Further 2 Years

Replay And England Hockey Extend Agreement For A Further 2 Years – Initiated originally in 2015, synthetic maintenance specialists Replay Maintenance are pleased to announce they have expanded their partnership with England Hockey for a further two years.  This new agreement sees Replay become the sole Official Maintenance Partner, providing practical pitch maintenance as well […]

Exciting times for Boston West

Exciting times for Boston West – Set in the Lincolnshire countryside just a short drive away from England’s scenic east coast, Boston West at Hubbert’s Bridge in Lincolnshire was established in 1995 and features an 18-hole parkland golf course, a 20-bay floodlit driving range and a six-hole, par-three academy course. It also offers an on-site three […]

Why Do Golf Courses Aerate So Much?

Why Do Golf Courses Aerate So Much? – The word aeration stimulates negative emotions for many golfers. It may come as a surprise, but golf course superintendents also dislike aeration. After all, the last person who wants to disrupt the smoothness of the putting greens they work so hard to maintain is the superintendent. Golfers often […]

CLS Sports Reinforce Synthetic Surfaces Knowhow

CLS Sports reinforce synthetic surfaces knowhow – Construction to plant hire group Cleveland Land Services have further strengthened its burgeoning CLS Sports division with the appointment of David Fearn as Contract Manager. David, 52, commands 28 years’ experience in the sports surfacing industry, mostly devoted to the installation of synthetic turf areas, and has travelled extensively […]

Devon Golf Club Suffers ‘Worst Vandalism In Living Memory’

Devon Golf Club Suffers ‘Worst Vandalism In Living Memory’ – Northam’s prestigious Royal North Devon Golf Club was blighted by vandals earlier this week (Tuesday). The famous Westward Ho! club, which is the oldest golf course in England, suffered flooding across three holes after vandals broke open a water hydrant. Flags were also used to pull up […]

Kubota UK Returns To Its Natural Roots

Kubota UK Returns To Its Natural Roots. Kubota UK, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of agricultural, construction, groundcare equipment and industrial engines, has teamed up with Sylva Foundation, an environmental charity, to support the local community and its surrounding landscape. Earlier this month, Kubota launched its partnership with the charity by taking part in […]

Rigby Taylor Congratulates EFL Groundsmen Of The Year

Rigby Taylor Congratulates EFL Groundsmen Of The Year. Rigby Taylor, the company at the forefront of supplying innovative products for the successful management and maintenance of turf surfaces and a co-sponsor of the EFL (English Football league) Professional Football Groundsman of the Year Awards, congratulates the winners of this year’s awards: Premier League – Manchester United […]

SISIS Aer-Aid The Solution For St Ives GC

SISIS Aer-Aid the solution for St Ives GC. Rob Duff, course manager and head greenkeeper at St Ives (Hunts) Golf Course, has praised the SISIS Javelin Aer-Aid 1500 for helping him to combat a recurring thatch issue on the greens at the stunning course in Cambridgeshire.   With a history dating back to 1923, St Ives […]

iTurf Programme Keeps The Cod Army In Winning Form

iTurf Programme keeps the Cod Army in winning form. A tailored iTurf Programme from ICL has signalled consistent and excellent results according to Dale Frith – Head Groundsman at Fleetwood Town FC.  Fleetwood Town FC, nicknamed the Cod Army, currently competing in Sky Bet League One, has enjoyed six promotions in ten seasons. Spirits are […]

Pittodrie Pitch To Be Relaid For European Qualifiers

Pittodrie pitch to be relaid for European qualifiers. Aberdeen will relay their Pittodrie pitch ahead of this summer’s Europa League qualifiers. The Dons will use the close season to rip up the current surface, which has been criticised by both players and management in recent weeks. Time is of the essence for Derek McInnes’ men, with […]

STRI Group Bolster Agronomy Team

STRI Group bolster agronomy team. STRI Group has strengthened its UK regional consultancy operation with the addition of two new turfgrass agronomists. Michael Boyes joins STRI after a distinguished career in greenkeeping where he worked in Spain, Dubai and over five years at Loch Lomond Golf Club. He’s an R&A scholar, with a BSc (Hons) in […]

Council Chooses Portable Toro T4240 For Multi-Site Use

Council Chooses Portable Toro T4240. East Cambridgeshire District Council maintains approximately 70 hectares of open space, and having recently become responsible for even more sites across the area, has invested in the portable Toro T4240 high-output cylinder mower to manage a multitude of sites.   The council’s team leader, Tim McCreadie, opted for the T4240 […]

Nominations Open For 2017 IOG Industry Awards

Nominations Open For 2017 IOG Industry Awards. Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s Institute of Groundsmanship Industry Awards, with 22 categories of entry recognising the passion, dedication and challenges faced by grounds staff in both grassroots and professional sports, and including a series of new and ‘refreshed’ categories in response to industry feedback. […]

The BALI Zone comes to SALTEX 2017

The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), has underlined its continuing confidence in the strength of SALTEX by committing to its own dedicated area at the show, which will be held at the NEC, Birmingham on 1 and 2 November 2017. Founded in 1972, BALI is the leading trade association in the UK, promoting, supporting […]

Campey Turf Care Systems Pitch Renovation Tour Begins

The Campey Turf Care Systems 2017 Euro Pitch Renovation Tour has commenced in France, with another nine countries to visit before the final date on 6th June in Rotterdam, Holland. The tour begins in France at the Parc de Haye, Nancy, before moving on to Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Belgium […]

Thefts At Greenkeepers’ Sheds

Police in Scotland have issued a warning to golf clubs to protect their greenkeepers’ sheds after at least two were targeted by criminals. Newbattle Golf Club in Midlothian was broken into on a recent Saturday night, in which the shed was targeted and a number of power tools were stolen, states the East Lothian Courier. […]

New Optidrive™ developed by Avant to improve engine performance

Avant has developed a new, innovative solution for improving the performance of the drive circuit in Avant loaders. The drive system in Avant loaders consists of a variable displacement hydraulic pump, four hydraulic drive motors and some valves which are connected together with hydraulic hoses and fittings. This system where the drive power is conveyed […]

Another Two GreenFields Pitches for Top Club Charlton Athletic

After the successful installation of their stadium and training pitches, top English football club Charlton Athletic F.C. has once again selected GreenFields for two more 3G pitches, both at their training ground. Work is now underway on the new pitches which form part of Phase II of the multi-million pound development at Charlton’s Academy. The […]

Pink Spider seen on Mountain slopes in switzerland

Pohled Czech Republic (28 April 2017) It was enough to have arachnologists around the globe in a state of high tension when a giant pink Spider was seen on the mountain pastures in the canton of Obwalden in Switzerland. However, it was not some previously undiscovered species, but a Spider 2 remote-controlled mower that was […]

High performance seed for Principality Stadium

As the National stadium of Wales the Principality stadium has to play host not only the country’s rugby team, but also its football, while in the “non grass” season it plays host to a range of different events from rock and pop concerts to speedway and monster trucks. The grounds team led by Head Groundsman […]

The New Solution For Sports Turf Surface Drainage

Rigby Taylor Ltd and Ground Water Dynamics (GWD) offer sports turf surfaces a revolutionary new vertical drainage system. Already, GWD has secured some blue-chip clients including: Ascot Racecourse Silverstone Race Circuit Fulham Football Club Edgbaston Cricket Ground East Midlands Airport GWD is suitable for all soil types and provides the opportunity to manage surface water run-off, […]

Barenbrug Launches Wildflower Advice Guide

Grass expert, Barenbrug UK, has launched a new wildflowers advice guide alongside a refreshed range of 14 wildflower mixtures. The free guide provides practical information—for landscapers and local authorities—on evaluating soil fertility, planning for sowing, maintenance tips, and choosing the right mixture for your environment. Around 15,000 hectares of unimproved grassland are believed to remain […]

Grounds Team of the Season award winners announced for 2016/17

The EFL has announced the winners of the Grounds Team of the Season award for 2016/17 in each of the three divisions. The awards recognise the importance of the quality of pitches for professional football and acknowledge the clubs and their ground staff who consistently produce the best playing surfaces in the EFL. In the […]

The 2017 Updating Tour!

Over the last two months, the Amenity Forum has been on tour across the UK holding some 13 free events aiming to update those involved in the amenity sector of current issues and matters related to weed, pest and disease control. Some 450 people attended in total and the topics discussed were wide ranging. However […]

Firefighters Tackle Fire At SIS Factory

Emergency services were called out at 1.30pm yesterday. A police spokesman said: “Emergency services are continuing to tackle a fire at Glasson Industrial Estate in Maryport. “Members of the public are advised to keep their windows closed due to the level of smoke.” A statement released by SIS Pitches said: “No individuals were injured in […]

Dennis & SISIS kick start 2017 bowls seminars

Dennis and SISIS have successfully kick-started their 2017 series of bowls maintenance seminars, after the first two were recently held at Attenborough Bowls Club in Nottingham and the Ye Olde Knowle Bowls Club in Birmingham. The popular seminars, which are designed to educate greenkeepers on how to maintain and look after bowling greens, have been […]

Keeping Park Aesthetics Up Is Easy With Toro

With research reporting widespread budget cuts, Reesink Turfcare looks at how to make that all-important budget go further without a drop in park appeal. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) found in its 2016 ‘State of the UK Public Parks’ report that 92 percent of park managers have had cuts made to their revenue budget over […]

Qatar World Cup Stadium Claims Turfing World Record

A pitch specially developed in Qatar has been laid in record time at Khalifa International Stadium, as the first proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar advances towards completion. Fifa.com reports that in the space of just 13 and a half hours, the pitch measuring around 7,800 square metres was moved from […]

Spartak Moscow Switch To SISGrass For World Cup

Russian giants Spartak Moscow will make the switch from a natural pitch to a SISGrass hybrid surface ahead of the 2018 World Cup. SIS Pitches previously designed and constructed a natural pitch at the Otkrytiye Arena in 2014, before completing work on four training pitches in September 2016. From April 2017, SISGrass will be installed […]

Russells Groundscare Appointed Ventrac Dealer

Price Turfcare, the Ventrac importer for the UK and Ireland, has appointed the Russell Group’s Groundcare Divison as their dealer for Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and north Lincolnshire. A family business, based in Malton and one of the largest New Holland dealers in the UK, they have been serving the farming community since 1921, from five […]

ECHO® ASK-RW23D Scissor Head – A Safer Cut

Working in built-up areas can present hazards when cutting close to bystanders, cars or buildings. It only takes a few stones or loose objects to get thrown into the air and there is the potential of damage to property or even a risk to safety. The new ECHO® ASK-RW23D scissor head, a rotary scissor attachment […]

CSA Concludes Groundsmen’s Conference

East London – The annual Cricket South Africa (CSA) Groundsmen’s Conference concluded in East London on Friday after a comprehensive overview of the state of playing fields in the country. The April 18 to 21 event covered everything from pitches to the equipment used in preparing them. There was also input from coaches, captains, media […]

Kubota At RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

On Stand 255, leading groundcare manufacturer, Kubota UK, will be helping gardeners make their gardens flourish this year as part of the upcoming RHS Chelsea Flower Show. From the 23-27th May, Kubota will be showcasing its domestic lawncare solutions as well as offering visitors the opportunity to take advantage of its attractive spring cash back […]

Brand New Trilo S4 Launched In UK

Launched at BTME 2017, the 2nd generation S4 vacuum sweeper from Trilo was shown in the UK for the very first time at a gathering of interested turf professionals at the East of England Showground. Fitted with a number of new features, it provides greenkeepers and groundsmen alike with a multifunctional unit to perform difficult […]

Innovative Partnership Secures Recreational Green Space

UK wide charity, Fields in Trust, in partnership with HAB Housing, are marking an innovative collaboration which will secure recreational land in perpetuity as part of a new housing development at Winchester, Hampshire. A plaque was unveiled at the site by HAB Housing Founder, Kevin McCloud and Fields in Trust Trustee and former international footballer, […]

Keep With What You Know… And That’s Johnsons Sports Seed

Sean McLean, Links Superintendent at Princes Golf Club, has months of careful preparation ahead of him. June 2017 sees his club join with Royal St Georges to host the 122nd Amateur Championships once again this year. Whilst Sean admits he likes to trial new products, he intends to rely on Johnsons Sports Seed mixtures for […]

Avant Head to Plantworx 2017

AVANT UK head to this year’s Plantworx with a host of new innovations and developments to showcase over the three days. The team will be on hand to assist with both practical demonstrations and a show stand so there will be plenty of opportunities to find out more about the new additions to the extensive […]

Turf Equipment SA Appointed New Jacobsen Dealer for South Australia

Turf Equipment SA, the Adelaide-based turf equipment dealership, has been appointed as a Jacobsen dealer for Southern Australia. Turf Equipment SA has been recently formed by the company Golf Car Solutions which has been selling golf cars since 2002. The new dealership has been introduced to represent products from renowned turf equipment manufacturer Jacobsen. The […]

The Dennis Razor: The Ultimate Mower for Wycliffe Bowls Club

Wycliffe Bowls Club head greenkeeper Keith Freakley and his assistant Raymond John Carter have both praised their recently purchased Dennis Razor Ultra 560 for its ease of operation. For the past six years, Keith has been looking after the stunning greens at Wycliffe Bowls Club, which can be found in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. As the club […]

Rigby Taylor Products Help Paul Thompson Present Pristine Pitches For Derby County FC

Paul ‘Tommo’ Thompson, head groundsman at Derby County Football Club’s Training Ground and Academy Centre, says he has been achieving “outstanding results” by using Rigby Taylor’s R14 100 per cent perennial ryegrass on a number of pitches. R14 – which comprises the Columbine, Poseidon, Duparc and Berlioz 1 cultivars – offers a host of advanced […]

Wembley pitch gets helping hand ahead of FA Cup semi-finals

A 10-year-old boy from Birmingham has played a major role in helping get the Wembley pitch ready for the two FA Cup semi-final showdowns this weekend. The big guns are in town as Chelsea face a big London derby against title rivals Tottenham on Saturday, while Arsenal face Manchester City just 24 hours later. The […]

Hybrid Pitch Technology Set To Revolutionise Football

Parched touchlines, bobbly goal mouths and penalties struck into Row Z – as entertaining as it might be for rival fans – are set to become a thing of the past. Combining speed, mobility and laser precision, SIS Pitches’ game-changing hybrid pitch system, SISGrass Universal, is the latest addition to the company’s award-winning technology. After […]

ESSMA Pitch Management Workshop

The European Stadium & Safety Management Association (ESSMA) will assemble for the Pitch Management Workshop taking place at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, from May 10 to 11, 2017. Delegates will enjoy panel discussions, pitch visits and workshops, as well as in-depth presentations and a networking dinner. Last year’s keynote speaker, John Ledwidge, […]

Etesia Launch MSC45 Pedestrian Scarifier

Etesia has launched the MSC45 – a powered pedestrian scarifier for domestic and professional use on lawns and amenity areas. The machine has a working width of 45cm comes complete with a Honda GX160 5.5hp engine ensuring that it will be suitable for applications ranging from treating the average lawn to rejuvenating estates and formal […]

Laurence Gale Joins Turf Matters

Turf Matters is delighted to announce that Laurence Gale has joined the editorial team as Executive Editor. Laurence, pictured right, is a respected and familiar figure within the sports turf industry and his knowledge, experience and contacts will be a very welcome addition to both the Turf Matters magazine and the website www.turfmatters.co.uk “Laurence and […]

Foley’s Reel Science Technology Seminar

Renowned grinder manufacturer Foley United UK held a successful Reel Science and Optimum Cut Technology seminar at The Grove Golf Club last month. The day was organised by ProSport UK Ltd Managing Director Ian Robson and Regional BIGGA committee member; Adam McColl course superintendent of Gerards Cross Golf Club. The event was hosted by The […]

Invasive Species Conference Tackles Property Concerns Head On

The third annual INNSA Conference has taken place with a full agenda on the biodiversity, property and legal issues surrounding invasive species. Held by the Invasive Non-Native Specialists Association (INNSA), the event is normally aimed at attendees from within the non-native species remediation industry. This year, there was a particular focus on Japanese knotweed, which […]

New Disc-Blade Sharpener From GreenMech Reduces Downtime

British woodchipper manufacturers GreenMech have introduced their own disc-blade sharpening unit for users to quickly sharpen their GreenMech blades and minimise machinery downtime. Being non product specific, the unit will be of particular interest to hire companies and contractors with multi-machines in their portfolios. Commenting on the introduction of the sharpening unit Sales Director Martin […]

Groundsman Swaps Mower For Kit

Rhys Cleverly was on the pitch for Wales’ 2012 Grand Slam and the 2014 Heineken Cup final – but he’s never played a minute of rugby at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium. Why? Because he’s a groundsman at the home of Welsh rugby. However, that is set to change with Cleverly set to pack down at hooker […]

Pitches Go ‘Pro’ At St Joseph’s College Thanks To Toro

Toro machinery is trusted to maintain many premier-league quality pitches, from those at Leeds Rhinos Rugby Club’s Headingley Stadium to West Ham United FC’s London Stadium, and has now been brought onto the superb sporting facilities at St Joseph’s College. The Ipswich-based school purchased two Toros, a Groundsmaster 3280-D and a Reelmaster 5510-D, as well […]

Ben Burgess increases area partnership with Dennis & SISIS

Ben Burgess Grounds Care Equipment, an existing Dennis and SISIS dealer for Norfolk, has increased its area partnership after it was announced that the East Anglian grounds care retailer will now be distributing the two brands’ leading range of turf equipment to the areas of Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire. Ben Burgess has been serving […]

New Quick Coupler for Bobcat E25 to E55 Excavators

Doosan Bobcat EMEA has extended its excavator quick coupler offering with the launch of a new hydraulic pin grabber coupler for attachments used on the seven Bobcat compact excavators from the E25 up to the E55 models. The new Bobcat Hydraulic Coupler is available both as a factory installed option and as an aftermarket product […]

Emirates Stadium And Their Success With DLF

Together with some key distributors and customers, DLF Seeds recently hosted a groundsmens trip to the Emirates Stadium in London. Delegates were treated to a stadium tour, a look around the maintenance sheds and discussed how the Johnsons J Premier Pitch mixture has played a fundamental role in the recent re-build of the stadium pitch […]

ICL launch Landscaper Pro Range

The Turf and Landscape division of ICL has announced the launch of Landscaper Pro – featuring a range of unique products for landscapers and gardeners to help meet the demands of modern day lawn and landscape management. The fertilizers in the Landscaper Pro range will result in less waste and healthier turf as well as […]

A week is not such a long time for Charterhouse and their dealers

Some say a week is a long time, but not Charterhouse Turf Machinery’s Nick Darking. Their Dealer Training Week “flew by” he said, “with 68 dealer staff from across the country converging on Charterhouse School for us to update them on new and updated kit.” Existing, and recently appointed dealers from their distribution network had […]

The winners of the Golf Environment Awards 2017 have arrived back in the UK

Alex James (Frilford Heath Golf Club), Edward Ainsworth (Avro GC) and Adi Porter (Greetham Valley GC), travelled with STRI ecology and environment specialists, Bob Taylor and Sophie Vukelic, to visit some of the most environmentally conscious golf clubs in Portugal. Host Alexandra Almeida, of the Portuguese Golf Federation, organised visits to golf courses, so that […]

Jacobsen Impresses

Ipswich, Suffolk (11 April 2017) Jacobsen, a Textron Specialized Vehicles brand, showcased a range of machinery at the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF) Turfgrass Management Expo held at Pattana Golf Club in Thailand. More than 250 course superintendents, club managers and industry representatives from 21 countries attended the event. Guests visited the Jacobsen stand on […]

Sherriff Amenity Support Cricket Events

Sherriff Amenity recently underlined its commitment to educating and supporting volunteers in the turf industry after proudly sponsoring both NatWest’s CricketForce initiative and The Surrey Grounds Support Network (SGSN) Conference. NatWest’s CricketForce is the largest annual volunteering initiative in UK Sport which aims to rejuvenate the nation’s cricket facilities. It encourages cricket supporters, their friends […]

Spring Has Sprung !

Buy 4 Rain Bird Eagle Rotors and get one extra FREE!! As irrigation systems across the country get fired up and tested in preparation for the 2017 season this special Rain Bird Spring offer is perfectly timed. The industry leading Eagle range of rotors offer the very best quality, efficiency and durability so take advantage […]

Out There Chooses John Deere Out-Fronts

Out There Services, located in Co Antrim in Northern Ireland, has invested in a new fleet of 15 John Deere commercial out-front rotary mowers. The 1580 TerrainCut models, all equipped with 62in cutting decks, were delivered this spring by Lisburn based dealer Johnston Gilpin & Co. Formerly known as The Landscape Centre, Out There Services […]

Innovative Problem Solvers 28”, 32”, 36” Narrow Access Mowers

Bobcat Zero Turn Walk Behind Mowers – Rear Discharge, Side Discharge or Mulch Designed to solve access problems associated with housing stock, such as getting through garden gates etc., built for Commercial Operators, Councils,Housing Associations and Contractors. Manufactured in the USA with reliability and robustness in mind to withstand the rigours of commercial use day […]

Wiedenmann’s Terra Float Air Combo Overseeder Makes Low Rates Achievable

If you are working with very expensive seed and finite calibration is important, look no further than Wiedenmann’s Terra Float Air. Recently launched the Terra Float Air is a productive combination of surface conditioner and overseeder. Combining three units in one, its precision and reliability assure maximum accuracy at extremely low rates, even quantities as […]

Dennis Mowers helps Leicester City Earn their stripes

Last season, Leicester City FC shocked the sporting world by winning the Barclays Premier League and according to grounds manager John Ledwidge, Dennis Mowers helped his grounds team playing a key role in the club’s triumphant season. It is safe to say that the 2015/16 Premier League campaign was one to remember for Leicester City […]