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Less Is More For Leigh Golf Club

Less Is More For Leigh Golf Club: Robert Ainscough, Head Greenkeeper at Leigh Golf Club in Warrington Cheshire, is perhaps one of a few greenkeepers who boasted clean, disease free greens during a particularly difficult winter period last year. This was achieved by adhering to a preventative programme using a range of Syngenta fungicides from ICL, […]

Greenkeeper Shortlisted For Golf Environmental Award

Greenkeeper Shortlisted For Golf Environmental Award: One of the greenkeepers at Cumberwell Park Golf Club outside Bradford on Avon has been shortlisted for a top golf environment award. Jon Keepen, Head of Conservation and First Assistant at Cumberwell Park, has been shortlisted for the STRI Golf Environment Award for ‘Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year’, organised by […]

Germinal Focus On Disease & Stress Resistant Bentgrass Mix At BTME

Germinal Focus On Disease and Stress Resistant Bentgrass Mixture At BTME: Grass seed and turf care specialists, Germinal, will be showcasing its latest greens-specific seed mixture at the BTME show in Harrogate from 23rd to 25th January 2018. Designed specifically for use on soil or sand-based golf greens, FOREFRONT GREENS is a blend of three bentgrass […]

Richard Peel Groundcare keep the water moving at Dyrham Park

Richard Peel Groundcare keep the water moving at Dyrham Park Golf and Country Club: Richard Peel Groundcare has installed sand-banding on 14 greens at Dyrham Park Golf and Country Club to enhance their primary drainage system. The picturesque Hertfordshire course is renowned for its water hazards, with several placed across the 6,497 yards, but keeping water […]

Woburn Golf Club Stays On Par With Sportag

Woburn Golf Club Stays On Par With Sportag: World renowned golf facility, Woburn Golf Club is all set for whatever the weather may bring thanks to Sportag, Aggregate Industries’ revolutionary drainage material. Established in 1974, Woburn Golf Club, which is located in Little Brickhill, Milton Keynes, is widely reputed as one of the finest golfing settings […]

Lees Hall The Latest Golf Club To Purchase Ventrac 4500

Lees Hall In Sheffield Is The Latest Golf Club To Purchase A Ventrac 4500: Lees Hall Golf Club is the latest purchaser of a Ventrac 4500 compact tractor and attachments. Situated three miles south of Sheffield, it was designed by Alex Herd, the Open Champion of 1902, and opened in 1907 as a 9-hole course. […]

Trilo S3 Makes Light Work Of Leaf Clearance

A Trilo S3 Makes Light Work Of Leaf Clearance At Keele University: Any machinery that makes time-consuming tasks more manageable is desirable and in the area of leaf clearance, a Trilo S3 is just that. At 617 acres, Keele University’s single-site campus is the largest in Europe. With woodland, gardens, sports facilities, halls of residence and academic […]

Lister Wilder Brings The ‘Mow Factor’

Lister Wilder Brings The ‘Mow Factor’: Lister Wilder Ltd, a Kubota groundcare and construction dealer, has been announced as this year’s biggest UK ‘MOW-team’ supporting The Movember Foundation, with more than 60 members of staff donning great moustaches to raise funds for the men’s health charity. Including sales team members, workshop engineers, parts advisers and company […]

Headland and Bayer At Annual STRI Trials Event

Headland and Bayer At Annual STRI Trials Event: Ongoing and future management of the pathogen Microdochium nivale was one of the hot topics that greenkeepers discussed at the recent STRI annual Trial Event, held in Bingley, West Yorkshire. Having actively researched and trialled products to suppress the disease for over 10 years, Headland Amenity, along with […]

STIHL Timbersports World Championship heads To UK

STIHL Timbersports World Championship heads to UK for first time as Liverpool is announced as host city for 2018: The very best logger sports athletes from all over the world will be competing in what is set to be a totally unique, edge-of-your seat, spectator experience. The 2017 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships, which took place in Lillehammer […]

Rigby Taylor Has An Award-Winning Way To Mark Pitches

Rigby Taylor Has A Very Intelligent – And Award-Winning Way To Mark And Over-Mark Pitches: Intelligent One (iO), the world’s first autonomous robot dedicated to the hands-free, initial marking and over-marking of sports pitches, running tracks and much more, has won the prestigious Innovation Award at the SALTEX 2017 exhibition. Available from Rigby Taylor – […]

Makita’s New Factory Service Centre & Academy Has National Role

Makita’s New Factory Service Centre & Training Academy In Glasgow Has A National Role: Makita UK has opened their first regional Factory Service Centre (FSC) & Training Academy in Glasgow’s Govan commercial district to support the rapidly expanding market penetration of Britain’s number 1 professional power tool range in Scotland and Northern England.  Whilst this […]

3-day Round Trip To Dennis & SISIS Seminar Invaluable

3-day round trip to Dennis & SISIS seminar proves invaluable: After embarking on a three-day round journey to attend a Dennis and SISIS bowling green maintenance seminar in Perth, Scotland, Mike Bailey – secretary and treasurer of the Lerwick Outdoor Bowling Club, feels that the club has benefitted in more ways than one. Founded in 1925, […]

Pitch Competition Deadline Looming

Pitch Competition Deadline Looming: Amateur sports teams who need a helping hand in looking after their pitch have until the end of November to make their application to win £3,000 worth of grounds maintenance machinery. Pitch To Play, a competition ran by Allett Lawnmowers and the Institute of Groundsmanship (the IOG), is open to all amateur […]

The Smoothest Roll For The Smoothest Greens

The Smoothest Roll For The Smoothest Greens: Toro’s new GreensPro 1260 arrives in the UK  While there’s always a lively discussion to be had on the pros and cons of fast greens, one thing at the top of most golfers’ wish lists are smooth greens. With that in mind, the latest launch from Toro will now […]

Newcastle Receive Best Pitch In 15 years With MJ Abbott

Newcastle United Football Club Receive Best Pitch in 15 years, working with MJ Abbott: Newcastle United’s stadium manager, Eddie Rutherford, has hailed the new SIS Grass pitch at St James’ Park, installed by MJ Abbott and Premier Pitches, as the best in his 16-years at the club. St James’ Park sits in the centre of Newcastle as […]

Luscombe Plant Hire Double Up On Their GreenMech Fleet

Luscombe Plant Hire double up on their GreenMech fleet to meet demand: Luscombe Plant Hire, based in Ulverston, Cumbria, stock a wide range of site machinery and tools available for daily, weekly, or long-term hire. After noticing that their GreenMech Arborist 130 woodchipper was hardly ever in the yard, owner Simon Luscombe decided to add a […]

Countrywide Advances With Solutions For All Grass Professionals

Countrywide Advances With Solutions For All Grass Professionals: Further to the announcement made in October regarding Countrywide Farmers restructuring and subsequent exit from the Turf & Amenity market, we can now confirm the company has transferred the whole T&A division to an alternative provider, enabling the Turf and Amenity team to continue to service customers […]

New York Red Bulls Praise SISIS Osca

New York Red Bulls Praise SISIS Osca: Dan Shemesh, Director of Stadium and Training Grounds for the New York Red Bulls has praised the SISIS Osca 3 which maintains the synthetic turf on one of the club’s training fields. When Dan Shemesh was looking for a machine that would help take his synthetic turf to the […]

Yay Tagon Taung Continues Affiliation with Jacobsen and E-Z-GO

Yay Tagon Taung Golf Resort Continues 20-year Affiliation with Jacobsen and E-Z-GO: Yay Tagon Taung Golf Resort, located about 30 minutes’ drive east of Mandalay in Myanmar (formerly Burma), has taken delivery of yet more Jacobsen machinery after serving as a loyal customer for more than 20 years. Mr. Thant Zin Oo has been the general […]

Wiedenmann Terra Spike Makes Aeration Faster For Knighton Heath

Extra 40cm Wiedenmann Terra Spike width makes aeration ever faster for Knighton Heath GC: When Alan Magee, Course Manger at Knighton Heath GC, upgraded his existing Wiedenmann Terra Spike, he simply chose a wider version thanks to having a bigger tractor. The Bournemouth club enjoyed the excellent service of its GXi 6 which had been both […]

Jobs Lost As Sports Turf Contractor Slips Into Administration

Jobs lost as sports turf contractor slips into administration: The majority of the workforce has been made redundant after a 47-strong sports turf contractor with an operation in Cheshire slipped into administration. Souters Sports entered administration on 3 November 2017, with Paul Dounis and Steve Ross of RSM Restructuring Advisory appointed joint administrators. The business provides […]

PSG Pitch Expert Gives Sky Blues Upgrade Advice

PSG Pitch Expert Gives Sky Blues Upgrade Advice: The man responsible for preparing the pitch for the world’s most expensive footballer was on turf much closer to home this week. Co Antrim native Jonathan Calderwood, who is groundsman at Paris St Germain’s magnificent Parc des Princes stadium, was at the Ballymena Showgrounds to pass on a few tips, […]

SALTEX 2017 – The Best Yet

SALTEX 2017 – The Best Yet: SALTEX 2017 has been hailed as a huge success. A year’s worth of meticulous and strategic planning from show organisers culminated in what is being hailed by many as the best ever SALTEX. The two-day exhibition has quickly grown to become the premier annual grounds care event in Europe and […]

Quinta Do Lago Chooses John Deere

Quinta Do Lago Chooses John Deere: A major investment in John Deere golf course maintenance equipment has been made by Quinta do Lago, for use on the Portuguese resort’s three 18-hole championship courses in the Algarve. A similar deal has also been signed with sister resort PGA Catalunya in Spain. The revamped North Course, the […]

APEX Zero-turn Cuts Time As Well As Grass

APEX Zero-turn Cuts Time As Well As Grass: Designed and built with the professional in mind, Ariens Company has recently introduced the new APEX zero-turn mower to the UK. The Ariens name has been built on a reputation for engineering excellence and the APEX zero-turn continues this tradition with its ‘built to last’ quality. Well-crafted components, […]

Rigby Taylor Help Course Manager Meet Expectations

Rigby Taylor Products Help Course Manager Meet All Expectations – Whatever The Weather: Apart from weather patterns that nowadays often mean the seasons seemingly merge into one another, one of the biggest challenges facing Course Manager Justin Robinson is coping with the large temperature differences that he sees at different holes on the Henley-on-Thames Golf […]

Oxford United Groundsman On A Career In Grass

Pitch perfect: Oxford United’s groundsman on a career in grass: There is a sign stuck to the whiteboard behind Paul Currier’s desk which reads ‘Every day is a holiday for a man who loves his job’. Five minutes with the head groundsman at Oxford United is enough to know it is not a hollow statement. Currier, 58, is […]

Polaris Judged Best In Show

Polaris Judged Best In Show: The goal at the Kennel Club’s Emblehope and Burngrange estate in Northumberland is to create a Centre of Excellence for gundog training. It’s a long term project but when you look around it’s easy to see why the area has so much potential. Bracken filled gullies, rough pasture, expansive wetlands and […]

New Life For Old Greens With Terrain Aeration

New life for old greens with Terrain Aeration: The original course at Hartley Wintney Golf Club dates back to 1891 when it was laid out as a traditional 9 hole parkland course. An extra 9 holes were added in 2000 to offer a well laid out variation of both traditional and new designs. Whilst the new […]

Former Shrewsbury Town groundsman passes away

Former Shrewsbury Town groundsman and Shropshire cricketer Brian Perry passes away: Former Shrewsbury Town groundsman and Shropshire cricketer Brian Perry has died at the age of 74. Perry was the groundsman at Gay Meadow for 26 years before the club moved to their new stadium at Oteley Road. But before that he enjoyed great success with […]

Hat-trick for Myerscough at IOG Awards

Hat-trick for Myerscough at national IOG Awards: A Myerscough College learner has been honoured with a national accolade at the prestigious Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Industry Awards 2017. Tara Massey was named the Toro Most Promising Sports Turf Student of the Year. 20-year-old Tara has just completed her intermediate apprenticeship with Myerscough College, working as […]

Reesink Launches New Toro Rotary Mower

Reesink Launches New Toro Rotary Mower Designed To Increase Productivity and Decrease Downtime: ProLine H800 goes longer between stops for effortless mowing. Reesink has announced the arrival of a brand-new Toro rotary mower designed to improve productivity by going longer between stops. Revealed at SALTEX 2017, the ProLine H800 direct collect rotary mower promises to boost […]

Durham CCC Groundsmen Honoured

Durham County Cricket Club groundsmen honoured for keeping Chester-le-Street ground pitch perfect: Some of the unsung heroes of North-East sport have been honoured for their dedication to keeping a cricket field pitch perfect. The grounds team at Durham County Cricket Club has won two major honours at this year’s Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Industry Awards. The […]

TYM Expands Sales Team With Appointment For The North

TYM Expands Sales Team With Appointment For The North: Reesink Turfcare has appointed John Addy to its TYM tractors team as northern regional sales manager. This appointment is, says Steve Haynes, TYM sales manager, part of a strategy to accelerate growth of the TYM business in the UK. John has vast sales experience in the sector, […]

Etesia Launch New Bahia Model At SALTEX

Etesia launch new Bahia model at SALTEX 2017: Taking centre stage on the Etesia UK stand at SALTEX 2017 was the new Bahia Hydro 80 MKHP4 E-Connect ride-on mower, which also won the SALTEX 2017 innovation award. Visitors to the show were able to get a first glimpse at the new model ahead of its official […]

More Versatility To TYM Tractor Range

New T393 Brings Even More Versatility To TYM Compact Utility Tractor Range: The latest addition to the TYM compact tractor range is the T393. It has been brought to the UK by Reesink Turfcare because of its perfect positioning to bridge the gap in the TYM line up, from the compact utility range into the mid-duty […]

Chapin UK at SALTEX 2017

Chapin UK at SALTEX 2017: With over 130 solid years of manufacturing excellence, Chapin is proud to provide market-leading products that are rugged and reliable. Following the recent UK distribution deal with Craigmarloch, we now have the ability to distribute quality sprayers & spreaders on a next day delivery service throughout the UK. Chapin engineers […]

Kioti UK At SALTEX 2017

Kioti UK At SALTEX 2017: Kioti UK continue to make large inroads into the UK groundcare market with increases in sales of their range of Compact Tractors and Utility Vehicles. Saltex 2017 will see the launch of two further important products which will significantly  strengthen the range and offer their dealer base an enhanced  range […]

Tribunal Into Dismissed KCOM Groundsmen Ends

Tribunal Into Unfairly Dismissed KCOM Groundsmen Ends: Two former groundsmen at the KCOM Stadium have been battling for compensation after being unfairly dismissed but will have to wait for weeks to find out the verdict of a tribunal hearing. Head groundsman Mark Harrison and his number two Darrell Cook were sacked by the SuperStadium Management Company […]

Multifunctional Vehicles For Local Authorities And Service Providers 

Multifunctional vehicles for local authorities and service providers: Internationally successful manufacturer HOLDER presents its vehicle programme of ground care and winter maintenance products for the first time at SALTEX in Birmingham. German company Max Holder GmbH looks back on nearly 130-years of “German engineering”. Even today the wide range of municipal vehicles with their high quality, […]

Power Through Autumn With The ECHO PB-580

Power through Autumn with the ECHO PB-580: The autumn clean-up, as every groundsman and landscape professional knows, calls for a powerful blower to deal swiftly and efficiently with leaves and litter. All too often you’re shifting wet or damp materials, with leaves clinging together and hard to move. Not so with the PB-580 backpack blower. The […]

Gravity-Defying Wall Of Living Grass Appears In Denmark

Gravity-defying wall of living grass appears in Denmark: Visual artists, Ackroyd and Harvey, have created their latest grass art installation, a gravity-defying wall of living grass, in Aarhus, Denmark, as part of the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum’s ‘The Present and The Future’ exhibition. The installation, Vestergade 7 – named after the street number and name of the building block where it […]

Duncan Ross Ltd Reinvigorates Penrith Football Club

Duncan Ross Ltd reinvigorates Penrith Football Club with six-week pitch re-development: Penrith Football Club’s Frenchfield Park Stadium had been virtually unplayable for nine years, until recent pitch redevelopment work by Duncan Ross Ltd gave the club and their pitch a new lease of life. The surface had been without considered maintenance before and during the current […]

SMC Boss Questioned At KCOM Groundsmen Tribunal

SMC Boss Questioned At KCOM Groundsmen Tribunal: The company running the KCOM Stadium has admitted unfairly sacking two long-serving groundsmen following a dramatic day at an employment tribunal. Mark Harrison and his number two, Darrell Cook, were dismissed from their roles managing the pitch at Hull City’s ground in April – a job they had held […]

New Holland At SALTEX 2017

New Holland to showcase mini crawler excavators at this year’s Saltex event: New Holland will showcase its E18C ROPS mini excavator, from the company’s agricultural construction range, at this year’s Saltex event on 1st and 2nd November.  The New Holland agricultural construction range includes mini crawler excavators, backhoe loaders, wheel loaders and skid steer loaders. These […]

Glyphosate Decision Delayed

Glyphosate Decision Delayed: The next step for the Commission will be to table a vote at another SCoPAFF meeting at a future date, to be confirmed.  Renewal will require a qualified majority vote (QMV) in the committee. If this is not reached, the issue could be tabled at the EU Appeals Committee. The current license […]

Water Made Irrigation Ready By Otterbine

Water Made Irrigation Ready By Otterbine At The R&A’s Equipment Testing Centre: High Volume picked for ability to keep water clean and healthy at golf practice area. Otterbine’s High Volume aerator has been installed in the golf practice area in The R&A’s Equipment Testing Centre at Kingsbarns, Scotland, to keep the water well-aerated and the build-up […]

Keeping Up Standards In Amenity Management

Keeping Up Standards In Amenity Management: Management of amenity areas in all their diversity is important and essential and impacts upon UK citizens every day. This is especially the case in terms of weed, pest and disease management, providing a safe, healthy and sustainable environment and surfaces for sport and activity fit for purpose. At a […]

Automated Managed Services at SALTEX 2017

Automated Managed Services at SALTEX 2017: Cut your operational costs in half with Automated Managed Services (AMS) by introducing robot technology into your turf care regime. The robot mower BigMow, distributed by AMS has been revolutionizing grass maintenance at 600+ fields/outfields across Europe. A single BigMow robot mower can cut 2.5 hectares 3 to 5 […]

FLEXBLADE Core Collector System from Groundsman Industries

FLEXBLADE Core Collector System from Groundsman Industries: The original groundsman FLEXBLADE aeration soil collectors now available to fit all types of aerators and turf vehicles. Save Time and Money when you fit a Groundsman FLEXBLADE Collector Attachment to your aerator to CORE and COLLECT in one pass. View the video on www.groundsmanindustries.com or on YouTube. […]

Find Out Whats In Store For Smith Construction At SALTEX

Find Out Whats In Store For Smith Construction At SALTEX: Smith Construction are delighted to announce they will be returning to exhibit at Saltex again this year. The show will take place at the Birmingham NEC on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd November.  Smith Construction will be showcasing a number of artificial turf products from a variety […]

STIHL at SALTEX 2017

STIHL at SALTEX 2017: STIHL will be attending SALTEX this year with some impressive new tools to talk about, including the expanded Pro Cordless range.  The introduction of a new AR 1000 Lithium-Ion backpack battery will be welcome news to those who need to use STIHL’s cordless products for an extended period of time – […]

Pitch Invading Squirrel Goes Nuts At Etihad Stadium

Pitch Invading Squirrel Goes Nuts At Etihad Stadium: Fans enjoyed a spot of pre-match entertainment earlier this week – courtesy of a furry pitch invader.  Shortly before kick-off, groundsmen spotted a grey squirrel by the corner flag at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium. To the cheers of fans, they attempted to shoo it away with their forks. They […]

Vote To Renew Glyphosate Has Failed

Breaking News! Vote To Renew Glyphosate Has Failed: An initial round of votes has failed to gain sufficient support today – the vote was on whether to renew glyphosate’s license for a further 10 years in the EU. This will spur the European Commission to negotiate a shorter renewal period with EU countries, people involved said. […]

SALTEX 2017 Launches Innovation Award

SALTEX 2017 Launches Innovation Award: SALTEX 2017 is set to play host to the most technologically advanced-equipment showcase in grounds management. With this in mind SALTEX event organisers have decided to hold, for the very first time, an Innovation Award – and visitors will get the chance to see every entry at the show. Here’s a […]

Cub Cadet Showcase New PRO Z Series At SALTEX

Cub Cadet Showcase New PRO Z Series At SALTEX: Stand L180 Visitors to this year’s Saltex will bear witness to Cub Cadet’s commitment to the professional market, with the newly designed Pro Z Series, commercial, zero-turn mowers being a highlight of the show. The company has gone right back to the drawing board in developing this […]

Toro Keeps The Green Flag Flying

Toro Keeps The Green flag Flying: Nottingham Trent University invests in Toro to maintain Green Flag status Green Flag status was granted to Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton and Brackenhurst campuses six years ago, and today each site boasts a brand new Toro CT2240 mower to maintain amenity areas and uphold this prestigious reputation. The 20-year-old Green […]

Parliament To Vote On Glyphosate Phase-Out Resolution

European Parliament to vote on glyphosate phase-out resolution: A vote on a resolution within the European Parliament for glyphosate phase-out, with full ban by end 2020 will be held on 24 October. Some MEPs want a full ban on glyphosate-based herbicides by December 2020, and immediate restrictions on the use of the herbicide. The Committee on […]

Productive Zero Turn Mowers Return to SALTEX

Productive Zero Turn Mowers Return to SALTEX: Bobcat zero turn mowers return to SALTEX for the third year at the new venue to meet their existing customers and to have the opportunity meet new ones too! On the Bobcat stand will be a range of “high productivity” commercial mowers ranging from the unique 28” narrow access […]

Rigby Taylor Offers Trip To The USA

Rigby Taylor Offers Disease Protection, A Free Sprayer And A Trip To The USA As part of its ongoing support of integrated pest management, Rigby Taylor – the company at the forefront of supplying innovative products for the successful management and maintenance of turf surfaces – is offering greenkeepers and groundsmen a superb incentive to […]

Groundsman Honoured By Lifetime Achievement Award

Groundsman Maurice Honoured By Lifetime Achievement Award: The unsung hero of Haydock park racecourse who makes sure the course is fit for purpose has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award. Haydock Park stalwart Maurice Crooks has worked at the venue for 46 years and the head groundsman has scooped the Lifetime Achievement Award in the […]

Are You Ready For The Sports Turf Challenges Of 2020?

Are you ready for the sports turf challenges of 2020? The pivotal role of soil biology in sport and amenity turf health is at the heart of keynote presentations by Joel Williams, the internationally respected authority on soil science and leading edge techniques. Harpenden Common Golf Club hosts the `Getting Ready for 2020` seminar – which […]

B.E.S.T Horticulture at SALTEX 2017

The B.E.S.T in Horticulture Group consists of: B.E.S.T. in Horticulture Limited – “Delivering fully supported distance and blended learning in horticulture” www.bestinhorticulture.co.uk The Academy of Practical Horticulture (Limited) – “Delivering Practical Skills to Gardeners and Professional Horticulturlists” www.academyofpracticalhorticulture.co.uk Our first year at Saltex! At B.E.S.T we offer bespoke education and specialist training in horticulture designed to meet the needs […]

New Holland at SALTEX 2017

New Holland to showcase compact tractors at this year’s Saltex event New Holland will be showcasing its expertise in ground care, sports, amenities, estates, and green space management machinery at this year’s Saltex event. The Company will profile its compact BoomerTMtractor models, displaying the Boomer 25 ROPS with mid-mounted mower deck and Boomer 40 CAB […]

Makita UK Supports Operation Airlift Caribbean

Makita UK Supports Operation Airlift Caribbean: Specialist disaster relief charity DART International UK, the response team of volunteer British arborists, has again deployed teams to the stricken Caribbean in the wake of Hurricane Irma which hit the region early in September.  This, one of the most powerful and catastrophic Atlantic Ocean hurricanes recorded, has claimed many […]

MM50 Is ACE For Devonshire Park

MM50 is ACE for Devonshire Park: Following a successful trial period, Danny Negus – head groundsman at Devonshire Park International Tennis Centre in Eastbourne, has decided to use Limagrain’s MM50 grass seed exclusively across all three of the sites he maintains. Danny has been working with sports turf throughout his whole career and after initially entering […]

Toro Improves Condition Of 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 […]

Boningale Nurseries At SALTEX 2017

Boningale Nurseries At SALTEX 2017: Stand No. K190i (located in the BALI Pavilion). Boningale Nurseries, one of the leading suppliers to the British landscaping industry, will be exhibiting at SALTEX alongside experts from the company’s award winning green roof department, Boningale GreenSky. With more than 50 years’ experience, growing over 2 million plants a year, Boningale […]

Duralock Sports Performance Fencing

Duralock is the market leading manufacturer of PVCu sports and equestrian fencing systems; including post and rail, movable barriers, gates and crowd barriers. Duralock Sports Performance Fencing has been developed specifically with sports clubs in mind and is approved by governing bodies Worldwide. We’ve designed it to flex under impact, reducing the risk of injury […]

Modified Flail Raises Performance Levels

Modified Flail Raises Performance Levels: Flail Manufacturer Muthing have launched a wheeled version of their out-front MU-FM flail. Simon Richard, UK Agent for the Muthing range says, “When compared with a cylinder mower alternative, the flail option’s ability to cut longer and wetter grass more efficiently has long been well established. Manoeuvrability has always been the […]

STM at SALTEX 2017

SCAG release the V-Ride 2 – Arriving at Saltex The new V-Ride 2 – announced on 24th September – has new features that exhibit their policy of continuous improvement and response to operator feedback, which combine to make SCAG such a successful machinery supplier. The V-Ride is a stand-on machine; the compact machine size, ease […]

Schiller at Saltex 2017

Schiller at Saltex 2017: Classen machines have built a solid reputation, living up to their durable slogan: Built to Use, Designed to Last. At this year’s Saltex the latest Classen aerator joins the Little Wonder line-up and Mantis tillers and BunkerMaster under the Schiller umbrella, to offer groundsmen and greenkeepers a formidable array of equipment. The […]

Tyre-Line Ltd at SALTEX 2017

Tyre-Line Ltd – Professional suppliers to the O.E & Aftermarket sectors Since 1984, Tyre-Line have been one of the UK’s leading, family run, Independent Tyre and Wheel specialists supplying both the Original Equipment and, more recently, Aftermarket sectors with Turf, ATV/UTV, High Speed Trailer and Caravan tyres and wheels, along with Steel Truck Wheels and […]

Good Luck Message For Atletico Madrid-Bound Groundsman

Eddie Howe’s good luck message for Atletico Madrid-bound groundsman Dan Gonzalez: Cherries boss Eddie Howe saluted Dan Gonzalez ahead of the groundsman’s big move – to Atletico Madrid. Gonzalez, who has played his part in making the Vitality Stadium surface one of the best in the Premier League, is to become head groundsman for the Spanish […]

Ex-Groundsman Dropping In On England

Ex-Groundsman Dropping In On England: Former Eden Park head groundsman Mark Perham has been tasked with ensuring a portable cricket pitch and temporary outfield is installed at the London Olympic Stadium for the 2019 World Cup. The stadium could also be used in England’s revamped city-based Twenty20 competition, due to start in 2020. The venue […]

Chipco Green To Be Withdrawn From The Market 

Chipco Green To Be Withdrawn From The Market: A recent EU meeting, held by the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF), has voted for the non-inclusion of iprodione. This means that all products across Europe that contain this active ingredient, including Chipco® Green and Interface® from Bayer, will be withdrawn from the market. […]

Making A Difference For Everyone

‘Making a difference for everyone’  was the core message running through many of the presentations at a very well attended Amenity Forum conference held at the Pirelli Stadium, Burton on Trent on Thursday 12th October 2017.  The flagship annual conference foe Amenity Forum reminded delegates that without professional maintenance of amenity areas, every UK citizen […]

Grillo at SALTEX 2017

Taking centre stage at this year’s Saltex will be the new Grillo FD 900. Powered by a 26hp diesel engine this small, compact 4wd machine is sure to impress contractors & local authorities. Fitted with a 52 inch Grillo 3 blade cutting system allowing excellent collection in high, damp grass. The height of cut is […]

Mulchrone Brothers Makes Impact With Kubota UK

Mulchrone Brothers makes impact in groundcare market with Kubota UK: Mulchrone Brothers Ltd is gaining significant traction in the West Ireland groundcare market following the recent extension of its partnership with industry-leading manufacturer, Kubota UK. Over the last 40 years, the family dealership has been an established name throughout the mid-western counties of Ireland, renowned for […]

SALTEX College Cup Winners to Work at 2018 Six Nations

SALTEX College Cup Winners to Work at 2018 Six Nations: The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has announced that the 2017 winners of the SALTEX College Cup will be given the opportunity to work as part of the grounds team when Scotland host England as part of the 2018 Six Nations Championships, at BT Murrayfield Stadium. After […]

Germinal At SALTEX 2017

Germinal to focus on chart-topping ultra-fine ryegrass at SALTEX: Cabrio Ultra Fine Ryegrass is the most recent addition to Germinal’s portfolio of perennial ryegrasses for use on cricket squares, tennis lawns and golf tees. Cabrio sits at the top of the BSPB’s Series L list for lawns, landscaping and summer sports thanks to a fineness of […]

Agronomics Launch ‘Nema-Go’

Agronomics Launch ‘Nema-Go’: Agronomic Services Ltd are excited to be presenting their new Agronomic’s Range of liquid fertilisers at Saltex. Their new ranges include a unique nematode control product, Nema-Go and Dew Clear for dew control. Agronomic Services Ltd has a UK and International distribution network, supplying the finest soil, liquid and foliar fertilisers, micro-nutrients, […]

First Toro Fleet For Crondon Park As It Seeks Perfection

First Toro Fleet For Crondon Park As It Seeks Perfection: Toro’s reputation as the best for quality precedes itself at Crondon Park Golf Club in Essex. And as the club continues to strive for perfection, it has brought in its first fleet of Toro greens, tees and grounds mowers to assist in its quest.  Crondon Park […]

John Deere at SALTEX 2017

John Deere at SALTEX 2017. Stand no. E080 Three new machines from John Deere are making their UK & Ireland show debut at Saltex 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham in November – a top of the range diesel lawn tractor, an updated wide area rotary mower and a newly styled Gator utility vehicle. The flagship X949 […]

National Recognition For Potters Bar Bowls Club Duo

National Recognition For Potters Bar Bowls Club Duo: Husband and wife team, Rod and Sandra Smale, have been shortlisted for the Bowling Greenkeeper/Team of the Year award by the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG). The expertise and dedication of the couple in maintaining the bowling greens at Potters Bar’s greens at The Walk has been the […]

Germinal To Establish Research Station 

Germinal to establish research station to help amenity turf professionals get the best from their facilities: Amenity grass seed specialist Germinal is to establish its own research station to spearhead a new programme of trials and development work geared to helping UK groundsmen, greenkeepers, turf growers and landscape architects get the very best from their amenity […]

Atletico Madrid Poach Bournemouth Groundsman

Atletico Madrid Poach Bournemouth Groundsman: Dan Gonzalez has handed in his notice with the Premier League side and leaves for Madrid in the coming weeks. Atletico Madrid are poaching a member of Bournemouth’sgroundstaff, Dan Gonzalez, to become their head groundsman at the new Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. The Anglo-Spanish Gonzalez has handed in his notice with […]

Major Investment Made By Origin Amenity Business

Major Investment Made By Origin Amenity Business: Origin’s Amenity Business has announced its acquisition of Linemark UK, the country’s leading innovator and supplier of pitch line-marking paints, machines and accessories.  Linemark UK joins Rigby Taylor and Headland in providing technically advanced and innovative solutions to turf management professionals. Linemark UK has been the exclusive supplier of […]

Hybrid is Pitchmark’s New Line

Hybrid is Pitchmark’s new line: After working closely with a number of groundsmen at leading Premier League clubs, Pitchmark will be introducing their new Hybrid line marker at Saltex, complete with a lifetime warranty. “A large number of stadium groundsmen use transfer markers for many good reasons,” says Mark Rodman, Pitchmark Managing Director, “it’s easier to […]

Llanarth Cricket Club Awarded Groundsmen of the Year Trophy

Their ground is as sound as a pound: Llanarth Cricket Club have been awarded the Groundsmen of the Year Trophy for their picturesque ground. The sponsors of the South-east Wales Cricket league, Thomas Carroll Insurance brokers, were keen to Recognise the important but usually unsung role of the groundsmen in preparing pitches and maintaining facilities to […]

Glyphosate Debate Continues In Europe

Glyphosate Debate Continues In Europe: The European Parliament’s Agriculture and Environment Committees held a joint hearing this week to listen to speakers from both sides of the glyphosate debate. European member states will have the opportunity to discuss the renewal of glyphosate on 25 October at a special meeting of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food […]

Charterhouse At SALTEX 2017

Charterhouse bring some of the old and some of the new to SALTEX: Charterhouse Turf Machinery will be highlighting the Graden GBS1200 at SALTEX this year. As always, they will also be showcasing a vast array of equipment for the care of both natural and artificial sports surfaces as well as landscaping products from the BLEC range on […]

A Solution For Every Surface On Stand E070

A solution for every surface on Stand E070: At SALTEX 2017 Dennis & SISIS (Stand E070) will be living up to their reputation of having world-class maintenance equipment for every type of playing surface with a wide range of equipment on show.  Featuring prominently on the stand will be the SISIS Javelin Aer-Aid 1500 – a […]

Oeliatec At SALTEX 2017

Oeliatec showcase environmentally-friendly weed control at SALTEX 2017: Oeliatec return to SALTEX on stand number E055 to showcase their range of environmentally-friendly range of weed control products. All Oeliatec weed control machines kill weeds with 100% hot water by delivering an efficient low pressure treatment at temperatures of up to 120°C. This destroys the cellular structure […]

A Trio Of Versatile Trilo Products At This Years SALTEX

A Trio Of Versatile Trilo Products At This Years SALTEX: Trilo will be returning to SALTEX once again on stand G010 with a wide range of blowers, scarifiers and vacuum sweepers.  Particular highlights of machinery for grass and waste management will include the Trilo S3 and SU40 vacuum units and the Trilo B7 blower. As […]

Andy Ward wins Isthmian League Groundsman of the Year

Andy Ward wins Isthmian League Groundsman of the Year: Andy Ward, 24, who has been the groundsman at Wingate and Finchley FC for five years, won the Isthmian League Groundsman of the Year for his work keeping the pitches green and well-maintained for the club. The competition is an annual one for non-league groundsmen, awarded by […]

Your Industry – Your Show – Your Voice

Learning LIVE at SALTEX 2017 is set to explore and highlight the burning issues that really matter to the groundscare industry through a unique panel discussion entitled Your Industry, Your Show, Your Voice. The panel discussion, which is part of SALTEX’s all-encompassing education programme – Learning LIVE, will take place on the first day of the […]

Blowing Petrol Power Out Of The Garden

Blowing Petrol Power Out Of The Garden: Lithium-ion powered blowers from EGO Power+ feature ground-breaking technology that conquers leaves and debris in minutes. The technology within EGO’s products place the blowers among the most powerful models on the market.  EGO blowers are the first battery powered models to deliver petrol matching power – without all […]

Ollie Deeming Shortlisted For National Award

Ollie Deeming Shortlisted For National Award: The Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club groundsman has been shortlisted for a national award and will go head-to-head with a peer from a Premier League football club. Ollie Deeming will contest the Toro Most Promising Sports Turf Student of the Year award with Manchester City’s Tara Massey at the […]

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd At SALTEX 2017

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd At SALTEX 2017: Ignition specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd will be highlighting its horticultural expertise at Saltex at the NEC Birmingham, on November 1 & 2, 2017. NGK will once again be demonstrating its ignition prowess on stand KO55 at the show which is the UK’s premier national event […]

G860 Combats Heavy Usage At Huish Park

G860 Combats Heavy Usage At Huish Park: With over 50 games a season taking place at the Huish Park Stadium, Yeovil Town FC’s head of grounds Richard Allsworth believes that his new Dennis G860 is the ideal mower to maintain such a heavily used pitch. Richard has been head of grounds for Yeovil Town FC for […]

DLF/Johnson’s Sports Seeds At SALTEX 2017

DLF/Johnson’s Sports Seeds showcase advanced cultivars and mixtures at SALTEX: Leading seed breeders DLF will be returning to Saltex 2017, showcasing two of the company’s latest breeding innovations, 4Turf Tetraploid Ryegrass and the new Turf Type Annual Ryegrass Quickston. DLF’s technical team will also be on hand on stand J100 to offer advice on the latest […]

Rasen Club’s Head Greenkeeper Retires

Rasen Club’s Head Greenkeeper Retires: After almost four decades keeping Market Rasen Golf Club’s greens in tip-top condition, head greenkeeper John Hewson has retired. His lifetime of dedicated service to the Legsby Road club was recognised by Club President Richard Holmes and the many members and friends who gathered in the clubhouse to mark John’s […]

Limagrain Will Showcase Leading Range of Grass Seed at SALTEX

Limagrain Will Showcase Leading Range of Grass Seed at SALTEX 2017: Limagrain UK, one of the world’s largest seed companies will be showcasing its impressive range of grass seed mixtures, including the market leading MM60, MM50 and the new exciting MM7 on their stand at SALTEX 2017.  MM is one of the most respected brands in the […]

GreenMech To Showcase Arborist 150p At SALTEX

GreenMech to showcase their cost effective alternative to diesel – the Arborist 150p. SALTEX, stand H075 SALTEX 2017 has GreenMech’s new Arborist 150p on show for the very first time, as well as showcasing a number of their most popular woodchippers.  The GreenMech team will also be on hand to discuss the many aspects of […]

Pellenc Return To SALTEX

Pellenc return to SALTEX with range of professional battery-powered tools: Pellenc will be exhibiting at this year’s IOG SALTEX on stand E055 which will showcase their professional range of environmentally friendly, lithium-ion battery powered tools. A forerunner when it comes to lithium-ion technology and high efficiency “Brushless” motors, Pellenc has established itself as the number one […]

Bowood GC Succeeds With All Bent Programme

Bowood GC succeeds with All Bent programme thanks to J All Bent mixture from Johnson’s Sports Seed: Bowood’s championship golf course near Chippenham is set in 2,000 acres of glorious parkland and is renowned as one of the finest courses in Wiltshire. To introduce some biodiversity into their greens, Course Manager Jaey Goodchild began an all […]

Spaldings Has Added Honda Pumps And Generators To Its Range

Spaldings Has Added Honda Pumps And Generators To Its Range: Portable generators and water pumps needed for everyday or emergency use can be purchased with the renowned service back-up provided by direct sales specialist Spaldings following the company’s appointment as a Honda Industrial dealer with national reach. Spaldings will display selected products from the range upon […]

SISIS Return To FSB

SISIS return to FSB: SISIS have announced that they will be exhibiting at FSB Cologne, Germany from 7-10 November 2017 in Hall 10.2 stand B035. Visitors to the show, which is held every two years, will be able to view a selection of the range of synthetic turf maintenance equipment available from the British manufacturer including the Osca, […]

Sherriff Amenity GoGreen at SALTEX 2017

Sherriff Amenity GoGreen at SALTEX 2017: At SALTEX 2017 Sherriff Amenity will be showcasing two new products in the renowned GoGreen complexed iron range. Visitors to the stand (E060) will also be offered the opportunity to sign-up free of charge to the online Sherriff Academy and find out more about Agrovista’s latest Scottish acquisition – Terra […]

From Greenkeeper To Masters Bid

From Greenkeeper To Masters Bid: Not many people can call Royal Wellington Golf Club their backyard. Daniel Hillier has more right than most, especially as he mows the greens there, too. New Zealand’s second-ranked amateur golfer has added the title assistant greenkeeper to his CV, at the very golf course he and nine compatriots will […]

Jacobsen Chosen to Maintain Vietnam’s Newest Golf Course

Jacobsen Equipment Chosen to Maintain Vietnam’s Newest Golf Course: Textron Specialized Vehicles, a Textron Inc.. company, announced that its Jacobsen equipment has been chosen to maintain Yen Dung Resort and Golf Club, a newly constructed golf course in the Bac Giang province located just 50km North-East of Hanoi in Vietnam. The course has been designed by […]

Etesia Regional Dealer Events a Great Success

Etesia Regional Dealer Events a Great Success: Over 50 general managers and sales managers from the Etesia and Pellenc UK dealer network attended the recent dealer conference events which were held at four venues across the country. The regional conferences provided the opportunity to discuss new trading terms, marketing and training as well as to show […]

Hybrid Is Pitchmark’s New Line

Hybrid Is Pitchmark’s New Line: Following trials with a number of the leading Premier League clubs, Pitchmark will be introducing their new Hybrid sports pitch line marker at Saltex, complete with a lifetime warranty. This is a real breakthrough for turf professionals and their clubs, offering a wide range of benefits compared to traditional methods.  Mark […]

Suppliers Welcome EU Decisions On Controlled Release Fertilisers

Manufacturers of controlled release fertilisers have welcomed the voting through of key amendments to the EU Fertilisers Draft Regulation at a committee of the European Parliament. Proposals suggested the polymer “shall be capable of undergoing physical, biological decomposition, such that most of it ultimately decomposes into carbon dioxide (CO2), biomass and water. It shall have […]

Etesia Choose SALTEX As Platform To Launch Greener City Equipment

Etesia Choose SALTEX As Platform To Launch Greener City Equipment: Etesia will be launching their range of Greener City Equipment on stand C050 at IOG SALTEX 2017, which includes a range of environmentally-friendly battery-powered pedestrian and ride-on rotary mowers. Environmental protection and a commitment to sustainable development in general have always been among Etesia’s key concerns, […]

Lynx Control For A Links Course

Lynx Control For A Links Course: Easy Toro irrigation for Portmarnock’s challenging Links course The 27-hole private members club, Portmarnock Golf Club, has updated its previous irrigation system with a Toro Lynx control system and 1,220 Toro Infinity Series Sprinklers across the site. Irrigating the challenging course is now easy thanks to round-the-clock access to course […]

Textron Golf Chosen at Hogs Head Golf Club  

Textron Golf Chosen at Hogs Head Golf Club: Hogs Head Golf Club, a brand-new course located in County Kerry, Ireland, has chosen equipment from Textron Golf (Jacobsen®, E-Z-GO® and Cushman®) to maintain its surfaces. The course replaces Skellig Bay Golf Club and has been built in the picturesque town of Waterville, with golfer’s able to enjoy […]

Vitalnova Blade and Primo Maxx Keep Standards High

Vitalnova Blade and Primo Maxx Keep Standards High at Trentham Golf Club: Ed Stant, Course Manager at Trentham Golf Club in Staffordshire believes that two ICL products have been integral in maintaining the health of the course without excessive grass growth. Trentham Golf Club is one of the oldest and most respected clubs in England and […]

YouTuber Cooks Bacon In Lawn Mower Engine

A YouTuber created an ingenious DIY hack on a lawnmower so that it cooks bacon while cutting the grass. The man behind the YouTube channel Project Farm said the idea was suggested to him in a comment by one of his followers. In the video he replaces the engine oil with cooking oil and modifies the […]

John Deere Supports The 2017 British Masters

John Deere supports The 2017 British Masters: John Deere course maintenance equipment supplied by dealer Greenlay of Cramlington in Northumberland has been helping to prepare the Lee Westwood Colt Course at Close House for The 2017 British Masters in September – the first time the north-east venue has welcomed a European Tour event. Supported by Sky […]

Meet The Dedicated Team At Exeter Racecourse

Meet the dedicated team ensuring Exeter’s turf is ready for the new jump racing season: Racing returns to Exeter on October 12 and for seven months the action comes thick and fast with 17 fixtures scheduled to take place until the beginning of May. Up to 89 horses are eligible to run at any one fixture, […]

James On Course For New Role At Castle Stuart Golf Links

James On Course For New Role At Castle Stuart Golf Links: The internationally-renowned Castle Stuart Golf Links has appointed James Hutchison as head greenkeeper as it seeks to build on its reputation for sustainable and environmentally-friendly course management. James, who joined Castle Stuart as a greenkeeper during its construction in 2007, has been deputy course manager […]

Reading FC Have A Pitch Fit For Royals

Reading Have A Pitch Fit For Royals Thanks To Ground-Breaking SISGrass Technology: The Madejski Stadium becomes first venue with dual-use pitch to experience added durability of SIS Pitches’ advanced hybrid system. Reading FC have become the first UK sports club with a dual-use pitch to install the revolutionary SISGrass hybrid system – to help the club’s […]

Kubota UK Top of the Class

Kubota UK Top of the Class: The top educators in the agricultural machinery sector chose Kubota UK to host their annual conference, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest machinery and technology offered by the manufacturer.  The Association of Lecturers In Agriculture Machinery (ALAM), whose members boast academic staff from top colleges across the […]

GKB Drainmaster Makes Their Day

GKB Drainmaster Makes Their Day: Phil Day Sports of Worcestershire has added a GKB Machines Drainmaster to their fleet of sports ground construction and maintenance equipment. Established in the late 1990’s Phil Day’s company has built a firm reputation as a leading sports turf contractor and specialist in the sports amenity sector. Their constant aim, they […]

Campey Turf Care Systems Returns To Saltex 2017

Campey Turf Care Systems returns to Saltex 2017 with additions to their all-star line-up of machines. Stand Number: D117 Campey Turf Care Systems will be bringing an all-star line-up of machines to the exhibition halls of Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre for Saltex 2017, including the introduction of new Koro® FIELD TOPMAKER® model. The new 1.6 metre […]

STRI Research Shows How To Make Every Seed Count 

STRI Research shows how to make every seed count: Every seed counts when it comes to restoring playing surface quality on golf courses or getting stadium pitches established and stable for the new season. Typically there are now greater expectations for turf managers to achieve excellent turf surfaces, with shorter intervals in which to achieve it. […]

New Non-Turf Practice Nets Impress At Oxenhope CC

New Non-Turf Practice Nets Impress At Oxenhope CC: When Halifax Cricket League side Oxenhope CC looked into investing in a new synthetic cricket nets facility at its village ground near Keighley, due to minimal space on site it became evident that additional land was required to enable construction. The club purchased land adjacent to the […]

This week marks Why Amenity Matters Week

‘Why Amenity Matters Week’ highlights green spaces and champions the ‘heroes’ who maintain the UK’s urban landscape. This week marks Why Amenity Matters Week. Through the eyes of the Colins family, the campaign encourages families and friends to celebrate the enjoyment of our local parks and sports grounds and recognise the contribution of those who maintain […]

Research Shows Visiting Parks Contributes To Increased Well Being

Research Shows Visiting A Park Once A Week Contributes To Increased Health And Well Being: New research from Fields in Trust demonstrates a direct and statistically significant link between publicly accessible parks and green spaces and health and well being. Based on new analysis of existing data from Defra and Natural England and a new […]

Bobcat Dealer AMS Bobcat Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Bobcat Dealer AMS Bobcat Celebrates 25th Anniversary: Scunthorpe-based AMS Bobcat Limited, the Authorised Bobcat Dealer for Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire in the UK, is celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary this year.  Established in 1992, AMS Bobcat took its name from the initials of the surnames of its three founders, George Aitkenhead, Alex Murray and Peter […]

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™: 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 has purchased 40 E-Z-GO RXV […]

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 […]