Entries by Scott MacCallum

Obituary: Bobby McDougall

Obituary: Bobby McDougall: The turf industry is mourning the death of Bobby McDougall who died on March 29 after a short illness. Bobby, 42, was Ground Maintenance Technical Officer at Glasgow Life, a position he had held since May 2023. Despite his relatively young age, Bobby held a variety of posts in Scotland, England and […]

An update from Scott MacCallum

An update from Scott MacCallum: It has been a long hard 21 months for us all since Covid loomed over the horizon in March 2020 and started to dominate our lives. As I write, we are facing yet another escalation and we can see the dream of normality slipping away again- well into 2022. My […]

Merry Christmas from Turf Matters

Merry Christmas from Turf Matters: Rarely will a new year be treated with such gusto as 2021. I will certainly not be alone in wishing Good Riddance to 2020, although I am well aware of the fact that the advent of the new year doesn’t wipe the Covid slate clean. It will be with us […]

Turf Matters Big Winner at the TOCA Awards Again!

Turf Matters Big Winner at the TOCA Awards Again!: Turf Matters proved that last year’s triumph in the International Turf and Ornamental Communicators Awards was no fluke by winning big again in the delayed 2020 Awards. Turf Matters Designer, Tim Moat, won two categories for Best Cover (May-June 2019) and Best Single Page Design, while […]

An update from Scott MacCallum

An update from Scott MacCallum: This is the first newsletter I’ve done since we have emerged blinking from lockdown, or at the very least been given a little bit more freedom. What I’ve seen since are people desperate to get back to what was once regarded as mundane, and even irritating. I’ve found myself yearning […]

New lawns shown NO MERCY

New lawns shown NO MERCY: Scott MacCallum gets to grips with EGO’s battery powered mower. As a journalist, I am far more adept at writing about things than actually doing them. A theatre critic cannot be expected to deliver an emotion drenched soliloquy, nor could you rely on a sports writer to produce a smooth […]

Well-Being Wednesday

Well-Being Wednesday: Start Your Day off Right After scrambling to get the kids fed and off to school, dodging traffic and combating road rage, and gulping down coffee in lieu of something healthy, many people come in already stressed, and more reactive to stress at work. In fact, you may be surprised by how much […]

Well-being Wednesday: what is stress?

Well-being Wednesday: what is stress?: We all know what it’s like to feel stressed, but it’s not easy to pin down exactly what stress means. When we say things like “this is stressful” or “I’m stressed”, we might be talking about: Situations or events that put pressure on us – for example, times where we […]

Together, we’ll beat coronavirus

Together, we’ll beat coronavirus: We at Turf Matters are well aware of the impact Coronavirus is having on every aspect of our lives. It is something that has not been faced by any of us in our lifetimes. We are all trying to get through the next few weeks and months as best as we […]

Donate Your PPE

Donate Your PPE: We talk about how the worst situations bring out the best in people – how a problem is just something awaiting a solution. The current immense strain on the Health and Social care services has seen front line workers going into work without sufficient or approved kit, and while we can all […]