Laurence Gale impressed with Dennis and SISIS Cricket Seminar

Turf Matters’ Laurence Gale attended the Dennis and SISIS Cricket Seminar. He was impressed…

Laurence Gale impressed with Dennis and SISIS Cricket Seminar

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 of seminars that has now become an industry must attend series of Cricket education days.

The St Albans event was a mix of indoor presentations and outdoors practical sessions, kindly organised and hosted by Ian Smith, the Schools Turf Consultant. It has been a long ambition of Ian’s to host a practical demonstration day of cricket pitch renovation techniques, making good use of the facilities he has on hand at St Albans School.

Robert Jack from Dennis, began the day giving a warm welcome and thank you to all those who had taken the time to come and support the event, with a special thank you to all of the key sponsors and guest speakers.

Company sponsors were: Boughton Loam, Cricketworld.com, Durant Cricket, Ecosol, Headland Amenity, Limagrain, Poweroll and RT Machinery.

Guest speakers: Alex Vickers IOG; Keith Exton, Perfect Pitches; Andy Mackay, Sussex and Hove HG; Andy Clarke, IOG; Ian Smith, St Albans Trust Turf Consultant; Rob Kendle, ATB Sports Solutions and Darren Matthews, Ops manager for Ecosol,

The event was officially opened by Mark Illott, St Albans School Cricket Professional and former England Test player and Essex County cricketer who spoke about his career and how he admired the important work of the Cricket Groundsman and was pleased to know they are finally getting the recognition they deserve, with such events.

The morning sessions covered a wide range of topics, centred on the benefits of undertaking a thorough end of season renovation, first up was the renowned Soil Scientist, Alex Vickers, who himself is a practising volunteer cricket groundsman and player. Alex’s key message was to have a better understanding of what your needs are in terms of carrying out your annual renovations.

There are too many clubs, invariably undertaking a renovation programme without understanding what they really need to address, often wasting valuable time, money and resources.

Out of an audience of 160 plus, only a handful carry out regular core sampling to access the soil profile of their square, therefore understanding what is going on beneath their feet.

Alex then, showed several core samples and explained what issues could be identified by a simple inspection of these cores that clearly identified the level of thatch content, soil breaks, rooting depth and density.

Couple with the fact if you sent samples off for a soil particle size analysis / nutrient and pH status, along with loss ignition test, you would be able to have more information on hand to help you make better decisions on your maintenance and renovation requirements.

Rob Kendle of ATB Sports Solutions was next up giving an informative talk on the modern methods of undertaking cricket pitch renovations and pitch reconstructions, using such machines as the Koro fraise mower, tractor mounted scarifiers and spreaders.

The morning session was concluded with a Q&A session by Keith Exton and Andy Mackay who had inspected a number of core samples brought in by a number of delegates attending the day.

Again, this centred around identifying the physical characteristics of each core sample and identifying the level of thatch content, root depth / density and any root breaks giving relevant feedback on the results of their findings.

During the lunch break, the delegates were able to talk to many of the sponsors and look at the vast range of Dennis and Sisis equipment being shown on site, Powerroll also brought some of their cricket rollers for people to try out.

However, what caught my eye was a brand new inflatable pitch cover, designed and patented by Durant Cricket, who have been working closely with Keith Exton to develop this new product, that will enable Cricket Groundsman to help produce better playing surfaces, particularly at the start of the cricket season. This new tented environment (mobile greenhouse) will allow the groundsman to control the amount of moisture / air temperatures by the use of humidifiers, blowers and heaters.

There will no doubt be other add on’s in terms of the potential to fit lighting rigs and watering systems to further enhance the performance of this new innovation.

For me, the best part of the day came after lunch, when the delegates where split into three groups and sent off to see practical demonstrations of renovation techniques going on, at three different cricket squares.

Square 1: Saw Andy Clarke and Ian Smith discussing renovation techniques on a budget, using a range of Dennis and Sisis equipment, they showed each group the process of a good thorough renovation of a square, starting with the cleaning up of the square, removing has much surface debris as you can, scarifying in two/ three directions, rectifying surface levels, applying the seed and loam.

It was also good to see the full range of dedicated cricket machinery/tools on offer from Dennis & SISIS, ranging from hand tools, Tru lutes, mowers, cassette systems , scarifyers, spreaders seeders and brushes.

Square 2: Saw Keith Exton, Perfect Pitches, and Darren Matthews, Ecosol, give a demonstration of two different ways to carry out deep aeration of a cricket square using a fast acting Weidemann solid tine spiker fitted with 10mm tines and the unique Ecosol Deep drill using 8mm diameter drills both able to achieve depths up to 200-220mm. Prices for this type of work based on a ten pitch square would vary between £300-£600. Deep aeration of cricket squares is a skilled operation, in the wrong hands you could end up doing more damage. Timing of this work is generally completed in the autumn when the soils are at the right moisture content

Both forms of deep aeration are now becoming a popular method of deep solid tine aeration, the ability to get deep down into the square has many benefits. Especially when it allows, the opportunity to get some additional loam dressing deeper down into your soil profile, Ecolsol have in recent years offered the drill and fill option. Both companies offer a wide range of services too clubs that include renovations, aeration and reconstruction works.

Square 3: Saw Rob Kendle, of ATB Sports Solutions, give a demonstration of some of the specialist equipment he now uses to renovate and reconstruct cricket squares. On show was the now popular Koro Fraise mower, which can be set to take off surface vegetation from 3mm-15mm. Taking off any more would be deemed a reconstruction job requiring the need to power harrow, reset levels and over sow. He also demonstrated some tractor mount ed scarifiers and topdressing machines.

Dennis and SISIS, along with Ian Smith, must be congratulated for putting on another fantastic cricket day, the day could not have gone any better, a great venue, a full turnout, superb food and hospitality, exceptional weather and a wealth of experienced speakers delivering a packed programme of presentations and active demonstrations.

I cannot wait for the next one.

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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.

Saving Line Marking Costs Through Innovation

In the Grounds Maintenance Sector, we have marked a similar technological anniversary for Fleet Line Markers, the Apple of the industry, who pushed boundaries in productivity, accuracy and quality through the development of its own innovative iPhone equivalent, BeamRider, also in 2007.

Still positioned as the only laser guided, automated line marking machine Worldwide, BeamRider puts aside 3/4/5 triangles and string lines, through the creation of laser-guided perfect right angles and straight lines in a matter of seconds.

2017, however, brings new innovation, as from the advanced mechanics of BeamRider, the MAQA has been born – creating a new era of marking, with no strings or measuring tapes, just pure GPS guided line marking from start to finish.

For Iain McGuffie, Managing Director and master-mind behind Fleet’s innovations, a need to continuously develop innovative products for the industry is fueled by his desire to provide a solution for problems surrounding productivity, costs and quality.

He explained: “Using traditional methods, a football pitch takes at least two Grounds Staff 2.5 hours to initial mark, using 3/4/5 triangles, measuring tapes and strings – often retouched just a week or two later. An essential but costly process.” 

“In understanding the extent of this often-arduous task, Fleet has always focused on different ways in which we could make a Groundsmans’ job easier, reviewing problems surrounding accuracy, quality, cost, speed and productivity – key issues that still resonate for many turf professionals today, despite advances in the sector.”

“Ultimately, when we develop innovative products, we take the time to listen to and work closely with our customers. Using BeamRider as an example, many customers had expressed the need for a system that would make initial marking quicker and easier, and as such the idea of a laser guided system was created.”

This theme of innovation has resonated throughout the Grounds Maintenance Sector throughout the past decade, with developments in Line Marking Paint and Machines bringing about significant change for Grounds Staff:

Line Marking Paint

Since 2007 Manufacturers have focused on a number key developments in line marking paint, including the longevity of paint, ease of application and use, and extreme concentrates vs ready to use products.

This time period has also witnessed the demise of dry marking powder, such as Easiflo due to improved paint science. The main battle, however, has lied quality versus cost: A somewhat challenging battle, as lower cost paint has often resulted in lower quality – harboring productivity by increasing the likelihood of re-application.

Pushing for innovation, Fleet Line Markers has worked hard to maintain paint quality, utilising the best raw materials to create paint that is brighter and whiter than ever before, with the added benefits of no re-wetting, instant dispersion of concentrated paint and soft settlement technology.

The introduction of ready to use products such as DROO, has also enabled Grounds Staff to mark a full sized football pitch with as little as 1.1 litres of paint, significantly saving both time and costs.

Line Marking Machines

Grounds Staff would agree that the initial mark of a pitch is one of the most time-consuming jobs, where pin point accuracy weighs heavy. However, recent advances in laser guided and GPS line marking has improved productivity by up to 75%, whilst placing any concerns over line accuracy as a thing of the past.

Advances in technology have also removed the manual task element of initial marking – meaning multiple pitches can be initial marked and painted in a fraction of the time, compared to the traditional methods of lines string, measuring tape and 3/4/5 triangles. The result? Accurate, straight lines with little input from Grounds Staff at a percentage of the cost.

The statistics included in the table below demonstrate this point effectively:

Marking Method

No. of Pitches

Time

Resource

Cost

Traditional String 20 2.5 hours per pitch 2 Men 100 hrs. x £20 p/h = £2,000
Laser Guided 20 0.58 hours per pitch 2 Men 23.2 hrs. x £20 p/h = £464
GPS Guided 20 0.5 hours per pitch 1 Man 10 hrs. x £20 p/h = £200

Resilience to change

The main issue surrounding innovation in line marking? Resilience to change. A resilience to trust new machinery and allow robotics to undertake a previously manual task – a point supported by the fact a vast number of sports clubs still utilize original pedestrian line markers, particularly if the recent ‘Finishing Touches’ footage of Wimbledon is anything to go by.

Iain finished: “Despite innovation saving costs, time and efficiency – with increased accuracy and quality output –  our next hurdle does not lie in providing an effective solution to overcome the problems experienced by Grounds Staff, as with MAQA we already have it. It, in fact, lies in helping conventional grounds staff see and perceive the benefits of line marking through GPS. As, we believe, much like the iPhone, it will be life changing… if you just let it!”

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£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. 

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

With the scheme to commence in December 2017, this latest development will enable the line marking pioneer to advance its innovations in both line marking paint and machines – having manufactured and released four new machines over the past six months alone, including the new Kombi range and GNSS guided line marker, MAQA.

Fleet have also have released a new range of cheaper paints that will compete with lesser competitor brands.

Fleet already employs 5 software engineers and is excited to greet yet another member in August 2017; new Java expert that will complement the skills of the specialist team.

Managing Director of Fleet Line Markers, Iain McGuffie, confirmed: “I am extremely excited about our significant investment into both Paint Chemistry and Software Development, and the amazing industry advantage that it will give to all Fleet customers.”

“All of our product innovations are built on our excellent understanding of customer requirements – from high quality, but cost effective paint, to line marking machines that eliminate both the time and costs associated with initial marking. This new investment scheme will enable us to work harder on these innovations, bringing more firsts to the market that boast the potential to be life changing.”

Founded in 1953 by Peter McGuffie, Fleet Line Markers is the established market leader within the line marking sector, being the first UK manufacturer to bring key developments to the market – namely laser guided and GNSS guided line marking machines.

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‘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.

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

Hunslet Nelson Cricket Club volunteer Carol Thompson, 71, was “mortified” after discovering a 12ft section of the wicket in the middle of the square at the club’s Gipsy Lane ground in Beeston had been stolen this week.

Mrs Thompson is child welfare officer at the club and her husband Howard, 70, is a coach and a groundsman.

She said the theft is devastating blow for the club, which runs three senior teams and five junior teams and is raising funds to build a new pavilion.

Mrs Thompson said: “I’m absolutely mortified – it is just so heartbreaking.

“We are volunteers at the club We have hundreds of kids form south Leeds. We are keeping these kids of the street and they are training two or three nights a week.

“It has been cut out straight across the middle, as if they wanted that exact measurement. I can’t imagine what they are going to do with it.”

“I have been told a new artificial wicket would cost up to £3,500.

“The pavilion we are using is literally falling apart. We have been trying to get sufficient funds and sponsorship to build a new clubhouse. To take £3,000 out of what little we have got means less money to put towards a new clubhouse.”

A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman, said: “On Tuesday 25 July, between 11.30am and 5pm, suspects gained entry to the ground off Gipsy Lane in Leeds and removed pieces of artificial turf and then left the scene. Enquiries are ongoing.

“Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police via 101 quoting crime reference 13170341806.”

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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. 

Reesink Turfcare Launches Range Of Tractor Attachments

Debuting at the Game Fair in Hertfordshire on 28 to 30 July 2017, the attachments available are finishing mowers, flail mowers, wide area mowers and rotary tillers to increase the range of products Reesink Turfcare can offer its customers.

TYM sales manager Steven Haynes says the attachments, which are manufactured by Italian-based manufacturer SICMA, were chosen to give customers even more value from their tractor investment.

“Reesink is careful in selecting items to pair up with existing products, but with over half a century of experience producing mechanical solutions for the agricultural industry we are happy to partner with SICMA to bring a reliable range of quality attachments to our customers. These attachments offer something for everyone whether they have a 25 or 60hp tractor, increasing the versatility and productivity of the machine.”

Tractors are of course designed as implement carriers. Making use of this capability rather than bringing in additional machines for mowing, tilling and shredding saves space in the shed and is much more economical.

Available in the range are two types of rotary tillers, the BH to suit a 15-30hp tractor and the RC to suit a 30-55hp tractor. Both are great for typical soil conditions thanks to the six curved blades per flange which are mounted in a spiral line.

Similarly to the tillers, there are two types of flail mowers available to suit both 15-30hp (TA) and 30-55hp (TE) tractors so whether you’re dealing with estate gardens or highway verges, there is a flail to help you cut through the debris.

When it comes to mowing there are two options depending on the needs of the customer. The FA series finishing mower is available with cutting widths from 1.2m to 1.8m and for those looking for something more productive we have the highly versatile three deck WGM wide area mower which has an overall cutting width of 3.6m.

Steve continues: “Just like the TYM sub 50hp range of tractors, these attachments are perfectly suited for rural countryside applications, which makes their launch at The Game Fair relevant and very timely.

“We knew it was the perfect opportunity to launch the attachments at the Fair, in fact so keen were we to make sure show visitors could see these items, they’re not yet branded in TYM red, they’re still in the manufacturer’s orange! We very much look forward to welcoming visitors on stand this weekend to showcase this brand new range.”

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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.
Agronomic Services Ltd IOG Corporate Plus Members

“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 than 25 years in the industry. “I believe that we should never stop learning and that it is important to understand new technology and the science behind it.

We have products and services that complement the reinforced pitches and pitch preparation so I feel it’s crucial to understand all levels of the process. It’s great to enjoy a day of learning with like-minded colleagues and to listen to Chris Gray of the IOG.”

Agronomic Services Ltd will be exhibiting at Saltex 1st – 2nd November, Stand number F100. David will be presenting a seminar on Sports Pitch Renovation on Thursday 2nd Nov at 10.40am.

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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 auQuestion Time At SALTEXdience questions on a range of topical issues concerning amenity management. Professor John Moverley OBE, Independent Chairman of the Forum, will act as ‘David Dimbleby’ and this year’s panel includes:

  • Jim Croxton, Chief Executive Officer, BIGGA
  • Will Kay, Managing Director, Languard
  • Mark Pyrah, Landscaper & Industrial Business Manager UK and Ireland, IICL
  • Tony Saunders, Area Manager & Professional Head of Environment, JSD Rail

If previous years are repeated, there will be a full house and a lively debate. There is certainly no shortage of issues to be discussed. It will take place at 2pm on the first day (November 1st) of SALTEX being held at the NEC in Birmingham.

John Moverley says ‘We are delighted to have been invited to once again host this popular event at SALTEX. The IOG are supportive members of the Amenity Forum and this Question Time allows opportunity at this important national event to discuss and debate key issues surrounding amenity management’

A key element in putting together a professional approach to amenity maintenance is by adopting an integrated approach ensuring all options are considered and the optimum management programme chosen for specific situations. A key date in the amenity calendar is Amenity Forum conference and the programme announced this year promises to be as topical and relevant as ever. This major conference has very much become the must attend event for all involved or having an interest in weed, pest and disease control matters in amenity. It also can appeal to a wider audience for those just wanting to understand more about this important and diverse sector.

The conference will be held on Thursday, October 12th, at the Pirelli Stadium, Burton on Trent. The title ‘Keeping Britain Moving’ has been chosen to align with the Forum’s ongoing and very successful campaign to communicate to the wider public the important and essential nature of weed, pest and disease management and why it impacts upon every UK citizen.

Delegate rates are again being kept as low as possible. The standard rate is £65 plus VAT but, for those who book early before September 1st, there is a special discounted rate of £55 plus VAT

To book your place contact admin@amenityforum.net

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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.

Ransomes Jacobsen Wins RoSPA Gold Medal Award 

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 ceremony at the ExCeL, London in June 2017. The award was achieved during a special year for family-safety charity RoSPA, as it celebrates its centenary.

Through the RoSPA Awards scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. The awards are now in its 61st year.

Geoff Elliot, Environmental Health and Safety Manager at Ransomes Jacobsen, said: “This award is testament to the commitment and hard work of all Ransomes Jacobsen Ltd employees. As a company, we ensure that our workforce is protected to the highest level possible, and it is an honour to now have received this award for five consecutive years as recognition of our commitment to safety. We will continue to ensure high standards are met in the workplace, and we thank all those who have made this possible.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most prestigious in the world of occupational health and safety, and held in high regard around the world, as winning one demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record. Achieving the standard required is no mean feat.

“This is a special year in the history of RoSPA, and we congratulate all of our winners in this, our centenary year”.

The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards and orders of distinction are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years. For the first time in 2017, the Patron’s Award has been presented to those organisations that have achieved consecutive gold awards for 25 years or more.

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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.

Active Investment In Middlesbrough Golf

The John Deere Financial contract lease deal included a John Deere 2500E hybrid electric greens mower, 2653B tees & surrounds mower, HPX Gator utility vehicle and 220SL walk-behind greens mower, plus a Wiedenmann Super 500 multi-purpose sweeper/verticutter/flail mower and a Team Club tractor-mounted sprayer.

The centre has been run by Sports and Leisure Management (SLM) since 2016, through its national consumer brand Everyone Active. SLM is the longest established leisure management company in the UK, since 1987, and currently runs 150 leisure and cultural facilities in partnership with 45 local authorities.

“SLM has taken on the responsibility for managing a number of these sports and leisure facilities all over the country, as local councils find different ways of coping with increasingly limited budgets,” says general manager Andy Hill. He was appointed to run the centre in January 2017, having been involved in golf for 30 years.

“This is the one of the organisation’s few golf facilities, and coming in was a bit of a challenge,” he adds. “This is the first time I’ve had to fully manage my own centre, and Everyone Active is very leisure centre focused, so golf is quite a new departure for the business.”

The centre includes an 18-hole, 6330 yard parkland course set in 160 acres in south Middlesbrough, now featuring newly installed academy tees, plus a nine-hole pitch and putt course, a floodlit driving range and a retail shop with golf simulator. A new footgolf course was also opened in April this year.

“Since I arrived, Everyone Active has been very supportive and agreed a budget to bring about the further improvements that were needed,” says Andy Hill. “Really, managing a golf centre is no different to managing a leisure centre. We just needed the right management team and structure in place to justify the investment.

“Our experienced course manager John Grey had already done much of the necessary groundwork over the past seven years since he arrived at the centre, but we quickly agreed he needed an additional greenkeeper/mechanic and new machinery to bring the course to where we wanted it to be, which I’m pleased to say has resulted in this new fleet deal with John Deere and Greenlay.”

“We needed to focus on the finishing touches around the course, and the new machinery will go a long way to helping us achieve this,” says John Grey. “A major factor for me in choosing John Deere equipment is the level of service and aftercare from the dealership team at Greenlay, as well as the company’s reputation and product range.

“I’ve always had that consistently throughout my 35-year career in the industry, wherever I’ve worked – every John Deere dealer I’ve dealt with, including Double A Trading in Scotland, has always been superb in that respect.”

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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.

Polaris UK & Ireland star prize at NGO 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 to its stand in the Gamekeeper’s Pavillion where visitors can enjoy a free tea or coffee with friends.

The prize is a Polaris Outlaw 50 Junior quad bike which is designed for children aged 6 plus, so is ideal for budding gamekeepers. The Polaris Outlaw 50 will be displayed on the stand, with tickets on sale on the stand for just £1, great value given the recommended retail price of £1,999. Tickets will also be available from the NGO website and from the NGO stand at BBC Countryfile Live, which is on 3-6 August at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

The draw itself will be held on the NGO stand at Blenheim at 2pm Sunday, the 6th August and full terms are available on the NGO website.

Polaris’ Country Manager Jim Clarke praised the NGO for their good work in support of gamekeepers.

“We’re pleased as sponsors of the NGO,” he said “to be able to play a part in raising funds for the organization and look forward to presenting it to the lucky winner.”

Polaris welcomes visitors to their own stand M1531 at the Game Fair where the latest Polaris ATVs and off-road Side by Side vehicles will be on display.

Polaris Britain: 0800 915 6720 www.polaris-britain.com

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