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World Cup Surface Not Ready

World Cup Surface Not Ready: Groundsmen are facing a race against time to get the pitch ready for one of England’s World Cup matches in Russia. An inspection of the playing surface at the newly-built stadium in Novgorod show it has not fully taken root. The Three Lions play Panama there on June 24. Groundsmen fear […]

Award For Council Groundsman

Award For Council Groundsman: An award has been presented to a member of Tendring District Council’s Open Spaces team for his work maintaining a popular cricket pitch. Chris Russell won the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Cricket Championship Groundsman Award at the annual general meeting of the Essex Cricket Board Groundsman Association. Chris was given the […]

New Wembley Pitch Ahead Of Euros

New Wembley Pitch Ahead Of Euros: The pitch at Wembley will be removed and completely replaced during next winter for the first time since 2010 in readiness for the 2020 European Championships, according to a report in The Times on 7 April. The present Desso pitch was installed in June 2010 with an estimated life […]

Lords Set For Hybrid Pitch

Lords Set For Hybrid Pitch: The cricketing venue of Lord’s is revered as the Mecca of Cricket. The ground is arguably the most iconic venue in the world cricket. Every cricket aspirant wishes to play at the ground at least once in their lifetime. The ground officials and the administrators also ensure that they keep […]

Club’s Anger At Pitch Vandalism

Club’s Anger At Pitch Vandalism: The manager of an award-winning junior football team due to be visited by Real Madrid’s Youth Academy has spoken of his club’s frustration at constant vandalism to its pitches. He spoke out following an announcement by police that one of the drivers who allegedly damaged the pitch has been reported […]

Flood Water Just A “Big Puddle”

Flood Water Just A “Big Puddle”: Tim Packwood, head groundsman at Worcestershire CCC, has seen plenty of floods during his 29 years on the club’s staff. This one, he says, is just a “big puddle”. With the county’s first home game of the Championship season just three short weeks away, New Road’s location on a floodplain has come back […]

Can The MLS Be World-Class On 3G?

Can The MLS Be World-Class On 3G?: Reliably unconventional, Zlatan Ibrahimovic spurned a $100m offer from China in order to take a $1.5m-per-year offer from the Los Angeles Galaxy, according to Sports Illustrated. But will the striker be eccentric enough to turn up for an away game against the New England Revolution? After his matchwinning debut in last […]

Groundsman Nominated For Award

Groundsman Nominated For Award: A member of staff from Colwyn Bay Football Club has been nominated for a prestigious award. Elfyn Jones was nominated for the Evo-Stik North Groundsman of the Year, and his sterling efforts throughout the season have seen him reach the final three. The 52-year-old Rhyl resident will now attend at glitzy award […]

Golf Greens Damaged

Golf Greens Damaged: Two greens at the Beverley Park Golf Course suffered from a case of vandalism over the Easter weekend. Between the close of play on Easter Saturday evening and Easter Sunday morning vandals  damaged the 5th and 12th greens near the Targo Road boundary. Damage to the greens will take up to three […]

Sprayer Operator Award Announced

Sprayer Operator Award Announced: The Amenity Forum Sprayer Operator of the Year 2018 Awards (AFSOY) are once again open for entries. Now into year four, the awards were established by the Amenity Forum and aim to recognise the high levels of professionalism and standards in the sector. There are different categories for entries and the overall […]

Pitch Vandalised For Third Time

Pitch Vandalised For Third Time: Vandals have driven over the Rew Valley football pitch for the third time since Christmas. The pitch, at Watcombe Bottom on Whitwell Rd, Ventnor, is home to Rew Valley Youth FC, which has 125 players and many more who train there weekly. The damage to the grounds has been a […]

Bones Found Under Football Pitch

Bones Found Under Football Pitch: Workmen unearthed unidentified bones as they were preparing a new football pitch. The remains were found underneath Ossett Albion’s Dimplewells pitch on Tuesday, as work was being carried out in preparation of the club merging with Ossett Town to form Ossett United. And the discovery caused chaos, with one game being […]

John Thomson 3G Vandalised

John Thomson 3G Vandalised: The John Thomson 3G pitch in Cardenden has been vandalised with blue and red paint poured on the sign and the pitches. The sign features the face of the village’s most famous son, who tragically lost his life while playing for Celtic at Inbox on 5 September 1931. The images of the […]

Award For Clay Cross Groundsman

Award For Clay Cross Groundsman: Another prestigious award has been snapped up by Lee Watson, the groundsman for Clay Cross Town Football Club. For Watson has been named Derbyshire FA groundsman of the year for the third time, and will now go on to try and win again the national award, which he landed in 2015. […]

Warwickshire’s Hybrid Experiment

Warwickshire’s Hybrid Experiment: Partially artificial cricket pitches could be used for matches as early as the 2019 season if testing progresses well. Warwickshire have already laid a hybrid pitch – containing strands of plastic – on the edge of their square and hope to play some age-group or second XI cricket on it in the coming […]

British Groundsmen In Europe

British Groundsmen In Europe: Amid the spending spree since Qatar Sports Investments bought Paris Saint-Germain in 2011, the signing of a 35-year-old Northern Irishman might not have made many headlines but he arrived to huge promises from the club’s owners. Jonathan Calderwood arrived in Paris in June 2013, headhunted on the advice of former Liverpool […]

Carlisle United’s True Stars

Carlisle United’s True Stars: Modern life conditions us to celebrate the routine. “Legal and proud,” declares a certain brand of carwash, as though observing the law is exceptional, rather than what you are supposed to do. The comedian Chris Rock has a routine on this. He uses far too many unprintable words to risk repeating […]

Secret Of Madrid And PSG’s Success

Secret Of Madrid And PSG’s Success: Last night the footballing world stopped to watch the second leg of the Champions League last 16 tie, pitting Real Madrid against Paris Saint Germain. Real Madrid need no introduction having won the Champions League a record 13 times, including winning it the previous two seasons, as well as having […]

Apprenticeship Week Celebrated

Apprenticeship Week Celebrated: Renfrewshire is marking Scottish Apprenticeship Week with a series of events designed to encourage young women to consider careers in traditionally male dominated sectors. The week celebrates the benefits apprenticeships bring to businesses, individuals and the economy, and coincides with International Women’s Day on Thursday. Apprentice greenkeeper Heather Love is used to […]

Vandal-Hit Bowls Club Set To Fold

Vandal-Hit Bowls Club Set To Fold: Middleport Park Bowling club is to fold – ending its 108 years of existence. The club, traditionally one of most successful in North Staffordshire, will play for the last time this year after members called time because of vandalism and also council costs. Middleport had been asked to pay around £2,500 […]

The Man Who Beat The Beast

The Man Who Beat The Beast: When most of us were tucked up in bed, with the heating blasting and dreaming about what we were going to do with our football-free Saturday, Cambridge United stadium manager Ian Darler had other ideas. In depths of the night, the stadium manager travelled to the Abbey, flicked on one […]

Two Honours For The Belfry

Two Honours For The Belfry: The Belfry Hotel & Resort has further underlined its status as one of the leading golf resorts in the world after it was recognised with ‘Gold Flag’ status at the 59club awards ceremony, whilst its Director of Courses & Estates Angus Macleod was also named Greenkeeper of the Year. The ceremony […]

Groundsman’s Amputation Horror

Groundsman’s Amputation Horror: A groundsman from Derbyshire has been forced to leave full-time work and has undergone multiple operations after a horrific workplace accident. The 47-year-old tripped on a tree stump while mowing a grass bank, struck his head and was knocked unconscious. The lawnmower he was using carried on and ran over his foot, the […]

Diesel Used To Vandalise Greens

Diesel Used To Vandalise Greens: Cessnock Golf Club have suffered from vandalism three times in the past two weeks. Greens at Cessnock Golf Club have been vandalised three times in the past two weeks. The first incident occurred on the night of Wednesday, February 14 when diesel was poured onto the twelfth green (which backs onto the […]

BASIS Points Reminder

BASIS Points Reminder: Members of the BASIS Professional Register are being reminded that there are just three months left until the end of the points year. BASIS Professional Registers and accounts manager, Michele Williams, explains that members must collect a specified number of BASIS CPD points by 31 May 2018, to maintain their Professional Register status. […]

New Synthetic Bowling Green

New Synthetic Bowling Green: Moe Bowling Club have been subjected to a longstading problem with soggy greens, but new work on the club’s bowling greens are going a long way to solving that issue. Water-logged playing surfaces will soon be a thing of the past as new synthetic turf is rolled out across the club thanks […]

Posh Defender Turns Groundsman

Posh Defender Turns Groundsman: Peterborough United defender Steven Taylor played an extended role in his team’s victory on Tuesday night, by helping to sweep snow off the lines at the ABAX Stadium. Peterborough were hosting Walsall in a League One clash but heavy snow in the second half meant the pitch was hardly visible. The Posh […]

2018 Groundsman Award

2018 Groundsman Award: Now taking place for the 11th year, The FA’s Groundsman of the Year awards were created to recognise the contribution of these unsung heroes of the grassroots game and encourage the development of groundsmanship. The majority of football in this country is played outside the Football League. Quality pitches are therefore essential for […]

Tributes Paid To Greenkeeper

Tributes Paid To Greenkeeper: Tributes have been flooding in to a multi-talented sportsman who has been described as “marvellous with people”. Former Norwich City player and Thetford Golf Club member and greenkeeper Richard ‘Dick’ Scott died on February 11 aged 76. Born on October 26 1941 in Thetford, on his 17th birthday he became part […]

Groom’s Mower Wedding Entrance

Groom’s Mower Wedding Entrance: Usually, the bridge will make the show-stopping entrance on her wedding day, however one groom from Co Down had a different idea. Scott Watson has become a social media hit after his unusual wedding day entrance was posted on Facebook. A greenkeeper by trade, the 23-year-old thought it would be fitting for […]

New Pitch A Hit At Castle Park

New Pitch A Hit At Castle Park: Several hundred thousand pounds was spent by Doncaster Knights on a brand new main pitch at Castle Park over the summer and it’s proving to be money well spent. “We are into February now and the pitch is still looking good in the areas where you traditionally get […]

FA Groundsman Awards Open

FA Groundsman Awards Open: Each season The FA runs a nationwide competition to find the Groundsman of the Year. Now in its 15th year, the Award was set up to recognise the contribution of these unsung heroes of the grass roots game and encourage the development of groundsmanship. These annual awards provide a great opportunity […]

Golf Venues At Risk

Golf Venues At Risk: A range of Open Championship venues including St Andrews and Royal Troon could be under water by the end of the century if sea levels rise even slightly as a result of climate change, a new report has claimed. The Climate Coalition says golf, football and cricket face an “unexpected threat”, with […]

Tips From Keith Kent

Tips From Keith Kent: Grassroots rugby pitches across the country struggling to cope with the heavy rain that marked the start of 2018 and clubs risk losing crucial income. Keith Kent of NatWest RugbyForce has offered five useful tips. The Rugby Football Union’s head groundsman Keith Kent has been in charge of tending to Twickenham Stadium’s […]

Win Dedicated To Ex-Groundsman

Win Dedicated To Ex-Groundsman: Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe dedicated the club’s win over Stoke to long-serving club stalwart John Harriss who passed away last month at the age of 88. A minute’s applause was held in memory of John, who joined the club staff in 1970 and became head groundsman and then referee liaison officer. Ex-Cherries […]

Golf Club Vandalised

Golf Club Vandalised: A North-East golf club has hit out at individuals who stole two buggies and caused thousands of pounds of damage. Vandals struck at Insch Golf Club leaving tyre marks on a green, pulling up posts and driving over signs. Club manager Jayne Farquhar said she and her staff were “really upset” after the […]

IOG Pilots New Framework

IOG Pilots New Framework: The leading membership organisation for people involved in the management and maintenance of sports pitches, landscape and amenity facilities in the UK, The IOG, is piloting a new framework to the ‘measurement’ of the standard of football pitches at grassroots level. The new Pitch Grading Framework will not only highlight the […]

Locust World Cup Fears

Locust World Cup Fears: A plague of locusts could “disgrace” Russia by destroying World Cup pitches, claims The Russian government. Locusts often feast on crops in southern Russia and Pyotr Chekmaryov, who oversees plant protection at the agriculture ministry, says they could descend on stadiums, too. In comments reported by state news agencies, Chekmaryov says ‘we’ve more or […]

Wanderers Pitch Deemed “Poor”

Wanderers Pitch Deemed “Poor”: The Wanderers cannot afford any errors with pitch preparation over the next five years after the ICC confirmed that the surface used in the third Test between South Africa and India was rated as ‘poor’ by match referee Andy Pycroft. As a result, the venue was hit with three demerit points under a […]

Groundsman Award Nominations

Groundsman Award Nominations: Cambridgeshire FA are looking for nominations for this season’s Groundsman of the Year award. Member clubs at Step 7 and below are invited to nominate their grounds people who give up hours of their time to provide the best pitches possible, often using very few resources. This competition is a great way […]

Golf Course ‘Abandoned’

Golf Course ‘Abandoned’: It is the harsh and unpredictable conditions on the seaside that have traditionally made links golf such an enticing endeavour. But for England’s oldest course, at least, they are proving too much of a challenge. The Royal North Devon Golf Club has accused the Government of “abandoning us to the ocean” after Storm […]

Made-To-Order Pitches Continuing

Made-To-Order Pitches Continuing: South Africa will continue to ask home curators to prepare surfaces to favour their pace pack even though they did not get the pitches they wanted for two-thirds of the series against India. Only Newlands provided the pace, bounce and movement South Africa would have liked while SuperSport Park was slow and took […]

Pershore Groundsman Praised

Pershore Groundsman Praised: Pershore Town groundsman Tim Phillips was singled out as an unlikely man of the match after ensuring that the club yet again avoided the wipeout of fixtures last weekend. After snow and then rain, only three fixtures were played in Midland League Division One – and one of those on an artificial pitch. Despite being next […]

Ipswich Town Prize On Offer

Ipswich Town Prize On Offer: Entrants to this year’s Suffolk FA Groundsman of the Year competition — sponsored by Ransomes Jacobsen — are being given the opportunity to win a unique prize. All entrants will go into a draw for the chance to spend a match-day at Portman Road with the Ipswich Town groundstaff. This money-can’t-buy […]

Nathan Hume Wins Sprayer Award

Nathan Hume Wins Sprayer Award: Nathan Hume, Contracts Manager and Ecologist for national grounds maintenance experts, SH Goss Ltd, has won the prestigious Amenity Sprayer Operator of the Year Award (ASOY).  ASOY rewards top sprayer operators across the amenity industry, with the aim to share their best practices to enhance standards for all. Presented for the first time […]

New Golf Course Apprentice

New Golf Course Apprentice: A green keeping apprenticeship at the internationally-renowned Castle Stuart Golf Links is the ideal job for Ethan Ramsay due to his love of golf and of working outdoors. Ethan, 17, started his new role this month at the four-time Scottish Open venue, but is already very familiar with the famous links. The former Millburn […]

Theft At Cricket Club

Theft At Cricket Club: A warning to be vigilant has been issued by a cricket club after thieves stole some of its expensive groundskeeping equipment. On Friday morning, the groundsman at Maidenhead and Bray Cricket Club discovered that a storage container in the club’s car park in Bray had been broken into overnight. Equipment stolen […]

Meeting Over Slow Cricket Pitch

Meeting Over Slow Cricket Pitch: Faf du Plessis, the Proteas captain is to meet Cricket South Africa (CSA) officials to discuss the strangely slow SuperSport Park pitch which has remained the focus of attention during the second Test match against India. SA won by 135 runs and the unhappy Proteas captain will engage CSA on the way forward. […]

Volunteers Assist Match Preparation

Volunteers Assist Match Preparation: A football club has been saved thousands of pounds by a number of community volunteers who have helped prepare a stadium for the biggest game in its history. Highland League outfit Fraserburgh host Premiership giants Rangers at the weekend in the Scottish Cup. And ever since the draw was made, the […]

Tributes Paid To Greenkeeper

Tributes Paid To Greenkeeper: Tributes have been paid to a father and golf club greenkeeper who was tragically killed in a tree felling incident. Martin Davenport, 35, of Pasture Close, Kelsall, died instantly under a falling tree at an address in Brown Heath Road, Christleton, on Sunday, January 7. A former Tattenhall resident, Martin worked as a greenkeeper […]

Eddie Howe’s Groundsman Tribute

Eddie Howe’s Groundsman Tribute: “He was always positive, welcoming and a true supporter of this football club – I will always remember laughing with him!” Eddie Howe has given a moving tribute to former Cherries groundsman and referee liaison officer John Harriss, who passed away on Sunday, aged 88. John, who first started watching from the terraces at Dean […]

Football Pitches Vandalised

Football Pitches Vandalised: Junior football clubs in the Bristol area have been hit with a large bill after vandals used a car to turn their pitches into a “mud bath”. Seven pitches at Pomphrey Hill in Mangotsfield were damaged after a car managed to access the site in the early hours of Saturday, January 13. The pitches […]

Tribute To John Harriss

Tribute To John Harriss: John Harriss, a lifelong Bournemouth supporter who once held roles at the club as both head groundsman and referee liason officer, has died at the age of 88. John, who spent 37 years as the club’s groundsman, passed away on Sunday evening, hours after watching Bournemouth record a historic first win over […]

Tree Causes Pitch Damage

Tree Causes Pitch Damage: It should have been a case for the Special Branch, but solving the most recent tree problem at Romsey Town’s Bypass Ground was far from a laughing matter. The Sydenhams Wessex One club face a bill of around £350-£400 to repair the damage caused when a giant poplar was uprooted in gale force winds […]

GEO Award For Royal Dornoch

GEO Award For Royal Dornoch: An internationally-renowned golf course has earned a coveted global sustainability accolade through its commitment to the community and natural environment. Royal Dornoch Golf Club has been awarded the GEO Certified® ecolabel, an international symbol of ‘great golf environments’. This recognises clubs that have met high standards for performance in nature conservation, water […]

Fence To Protect Cricket Club

Fence To Protect Cricket Club: A new fence is set to be constructed around a cricket ground in order to stop vandals driving across the field after a series of attacks. Officials at Green Lane Cricket Club in Nunroyd Park, Yeadon, believe they are being targeted by someone with a grudge after persistent vandalism over the […]

Emma’s Marathon Run

Emma’s Marathon Run: Having beaten three types of cancer, Emma Kilby, Technical Area Sales Manager for ICL, is taking part in the 2018 London Marathon in a bid to raise funds for Children with Cancer UK. Emma was just 16 years old when she was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After 6 months of chemotherapy followed […]

Problem Deeper Than Pitches

Problem Deeper Than Pitches: The Vice-president of the Jamaica Cricket Association, Mark Neita, says Windies fast-bowling legend Sir Curtly Ambrose is only partially correct in his assessment that the regional side’s poor showing in New Zealand is down to bad pitches in the Caribbean. The Windies did not win any matches on the tour having lost both games […]

BASIS Launch New Standard

BASIS Launch New Standard: BASIS, an independent standard setting and auditing organisation, have launched a new standard aimed at the professional domestic lawn care sector. The Lawn Assured Standard will help to ensure a consistent and high level of practice within the professional lawn care sector.  Lindsay Smith Boam, BASIS logistics manager, explains that all individuals applying […]

Rugby Groundsman Honoured

Rugby Groundsman Honoured: The great Bard of Welsh rugby, Max Boyce, was recently honoured at the Rugby Union Writers’ Club in London for his services to rugby. The Glynneath RFC president joined Owen Farrell, Doddie Weir and Wharfedale RFC veteran Michael Harrison in being singled out in front of an audience that included World Rugby […]

Golf Club In Top Condition

Golf Club In Top Condition: Finley Golf Club is being kept in top condition, all thanks to its dedicated volunteers. When visitors arrive at the course, it doesn’t take long to understand why the club is considered among the best courses in the Murray River region. Finley Golf Club captain Rand Wilson described it as one […]

IOG Advises Pay Rise

IOG Advises Pay Rise: The leading membership organisation for those involved in the management of sports pitches, landscape and amenity facilities in the UK, the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG), is recommending a 2.5 per cent increase in grounds staff’s national minimum salary bands for 2018.  But the IOG also advises that a 2.5 per cent increase would, […]

Greenkeeper Retires After 45 Years

Greenkeeper Retires After 45 Years: Eaton Golf Club recently came to the end of an era, as Mick Lathrope retired from his position as head greenkeeper after an impressive 45 years of service. Green-keeping colleagues and members from Eaton and other Norfolk clubs attended a presentation ceremony at the club to hear a warm tribute from […]

Groundsman Set For Test Debut

Groundsman Set For Test Debut: As Adam Lewis embarked on his first day in the job he bought lunch and sat in one of the grandstands at the SCG alone, with the famous venue all to himself. “I just went ‘wow’,” he admits, saying he found the experience of walking into his new workplace as magical. […]

Madrid Demand Best Of Groundsman

Madrid Demand Best Of Groundsman: “The expectations of Real Madrid are to have the best,” they could easily be the words from a famous player or coach, but it is instead the club’s groundsman Paul Burgess who is reflecting on the demanding culture at the Spanish club. Burgess’s work will be seen by an estimated television audience […]

Wendron United Receive Grant

Wendron United Receive Grant: Football and cricket clubs at Wendron United have been awarded a £10,000 grant from the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund to provide new ground maintenance equipment. With funds also raised by the youth section, money totalling £30,000 has enabled the club to buy a new tractor and grass cutting attachment, as […]

Sacked Groundsmen ‘Shell-Shocked’

Sacked Groundsmen ‘Shell-Shocked’: The former KCOM Stadium groundsmen were unfairly dismissed by SMC, but the company does not have to pay the pair any compensation. An employment tribunal has ruled that two sacked former KCOM Stadium groundsmen should not receive any compensation for losing jobs. Long-serving pair Mark Harrison and Darrell Cook were sacked by […]

Tribute To Cricket Groundsman Peter Green

Tribute To Cricket Groundsman Peter Green: Peter Green was one of Huddersfield cricket’s most popular figures. The 73-year-old gave a lifetime of dedication to Honley Cricket Club and only last month received the Drakes Huddersfield Cricket League’s highest award, the Fred Stallard Cup. Presented to an individual who has given long and outstanding service to his […]

Iprodione Withdrawal Update

Iprodione Withdrawal Update: An EU meeting, held by the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF), has voted against the inclusion of iprodione. As a result, all products across Europe containing this active ingredient, including Chipco® Green and Interface® from Bayer, will be removed from the market. Bayer is working to the following timescales for the […]

Duo Rewarded For Loyal Service

Duo Rewarded For Loyal Service: Head greenkeeper Alan Smith and deputy head greenkeeper Graham Hipkin have both celebrated 40 years of service to Clacton Golf Club. The duo are pictured being presented with a gift from the club and a bottle of champagne from club chairman Bert Foster. They were thanked for their hard work over […]

Thieves Steal Tractor And Leaf Collector

Thieves Steal Tractor And Leaf Collector: A theft of equipment totaling £8,000 has left a football club facing financial ruin. Members of Borden Village Football Club (BVFC) discovered the John Deere X360 and Agrifab leaf collector were missing. Groundsman and committee member Roger Pudner said unless it is recovered, the theft will have to go down […]

Golf Club And Street Signs Targeted

Golf Club And Street Signs Targeted: Despite it possibly being a joke to some, many dedicated golfers were not amused. Greenkeeper, Joe Khumalo and staff, were left open-mouthed when they discovered a yield sign, complete with the pole, stuck in a hole on the number 5 green at the Dundee Golf Club last Wednesday. The […]

European Commission Relicense Glyphosate

European Commission Relicense Glyphosate: Weedkiller Glyphosate has been given a last minute reprieve after a European Commission (EC) committee granted a fresh licence for the herbicide’s continued use across the EU. The relicensing follows months of indecision by the EC. The EC Appeals Committee finally reached a qualified majority to renew glyphosate for five years. The decision to […]

Teenage Groundsman Wins Volunteer Award

Teenage Groundsman Wins Volunteer Award: A volunteer groundsman at Redditch Cricket Club has been named ‘young volunteer of the year’ at a prestigious sports awards. Jacob Ottley, 17, won the accolade at the annual Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards at Sixways Stadium in Worcester on Thursday, November 23. He only began volunteering at the club as […]

FA Take Advice From City Groundsmen

FA Take Advice From City Groundsmen: Sports bodies across the UK are taking advice from Gloucester. More than 18 months after the city council agreed to commit to improve pitches across Gloucester, council bosses say there has been a major improvement. And there has been input from some of the nation’s greatest groundsmen at the […]

Racecourse Groundstaff Recognised By National Award

Racecourse Groundstaff Recognised By Receiving National Award: Groundstaff at Warwick Racecourse are celebrating after winning the Jumps category in the Racecourse Association’s (RCA) Racecourse Groundstaff Awards 2017. The judges, made up of an industry-wide panel including representatives from the RCA, Professional Jockeys Association (PJA), British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and National Trainers Federation (NTF), recognised the outstanding […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Groundsmen Lend A Hand To Help Cricket Club’s Pitch Stay Green

King’s Ely groundsmen lend a hand to help City of Ely Cricket Club’s pitch stay green ahead of new season. The grounds of King’s Ely are known for their luscious lawns – but this month, the school’s groundsmen have been lending a hand to help another local institution ensure their pitch remains in top condition […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘Giant tent’ Being Discussed To End Rain Delays In Cricket

‘Giant tent’ Being Discussed To End Rain Delays In Cricket: Plans to stop rain delays at cricket matches by covering pitches with a giant mesh tent are being discussed by the sport’s governing bodies. The Telegraph says an American company has approached the MCC and the English Cricket Board (ECB) with the idea. The transparent […]

Gareth Bale Transforms Garden Into Incredible Golf Course

Gareth Bale Transforms Garden Into Incredible Golf Course: A stunning aerial image of Gareth Bale’s transformed back garden has emerged after the Wales star had a replica of the iconic 17th hole at Sawgrass, Florida, built at his south Wales home. Reports emerged two years ago the Wales and Real Madrid superstar was about to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Former Derbyshire Groundsman Given Jail Sentence

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

KCOM Groundsmen Sacked After ‘Serious Breaches Of Duty’

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

Groundsman impresses judges with Union Jack front lawn

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

Golfer says ‘thanks’ to his life-saver

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

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

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

High praise for club

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

Artificial Six-Hole Course Opens At Frilford Heath

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

Learning LIVE Signals Opportunity

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

Cricket Clubs Step Up Security After Spate Of Equipment Thefts

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

‘Unfairly Dismissed’ KCOM Groundsmen Plea For Support

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

County cricket Match Abandoned After Seagulls Cause Damage

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

Gabba Groundsman Kevin Mitchell To Step Down

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

Special Day For Cricket Groundsmen

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

Ralph Awarded National League Groundsman Of The Year

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

Vandals Target Cricket Club

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

John Deere Turf Care celebrates 20th anniversary

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

Unscientific Advice Putting UK At Risk From Japanese Knotweed 

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

Lawnmower Man Drives The Distance

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

SCH Driver Vince Risks His Life In A Heroic Act

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

Ransomes Jacobsen Provides Opportunities for Local Students

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

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

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

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

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

Agronomic Services Ltd IOG Corporate Plus Members

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

Ransomes Jacobsen Wins RoSPA Gold Medal Award 

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

Nantwich Town Groundsman Peter Temmen Nominated For Award

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

Groundsmen Get Their Pants Back

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

Seagull Deterrent ‘Gullsinator’ Arrives in the UK

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

Jim Gavin Questions Coldplay Concert A Week Before Leinster Final

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

Driving The Distance For Dementia

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

Glodwick club veterans roll with it!

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

Burscough Groundsman Slams Southport FC Claims Of Unfit Pitch

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

Sri Lanka’s Cricket Board Apologises To Groundsmen

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

Who’d be Neil Stubley?

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

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

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

Groundsmen Defend Wimbledon Courts

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

Kubota UK Strengthens Marketing Team

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

Total-play Ltd Welcomes New Technical Consultant To Its Team

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

Crystal Palace Use Garlic To Combat Parasites At Selhurst Park

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

Ventrac Help Maintain Tottenham’s Training Centre

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

SALTEX College Cup Winners

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

The Trials And Tribulations Of Tending Carlisle United’s Pitch

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

Wimbledon Groundsman Happiest When Courts Go Unnoticed

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

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

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

Forest Green: Groundsman Nominated For Groundsman Of The Year award

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

Jacobsen’s Tournament Support At The Open De France

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

Attack On 14 Golf Course Greens

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

Birmingham To Kick-Start New Season On Hybrid Pitch

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

Doosan Excavator is 250,000th CESAR Machine in UK

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

Intelligent Line Marking From Rigby Taylor

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

DLF The Only Choice For Beaufort Polo Club

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

SCG Curator Tom Parker To Stand Down

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

Sport Wales Opens Up £3m Community Physical Activity Fund

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

Richard Lucas Makes First Dealership Appointment

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

STRI Professional Qualifications For The Amenity Industry

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

Hybrid Pitches At National Cricket Performance Centre

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

Groundsman Believes New Pitches Are Key To On-Field Success

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

10% off the Etesia Donky Electric Wheelbarrow

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

Shelton Sportsturf Drainage win Exporter of the Year Award

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

Visiting the Spider’s Web

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

John Deere Names Apprentices Of The Year

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

Your Industry – Your Show

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

Pitch perfect: Wolves Invest In New Playing Surface

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

Volunteer groundsman praises ICL iTurf programme

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

GoGreen Energy Shines for the Owls

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

DLF Help Youngsters On ‘Their Best School Trip Ever’

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

Evo-Stik NPL unveils GreenFields as official Pitch Partner

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

Man Mowed Lawn With Tornado Behind

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

INTURF appoint new Operations Director

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

Cristiano Ronaldo Furious With Groundsman

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

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

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

Exteris™ Stressgard® fungicide now available

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

New Low Drift Nozzles For ProShield

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

EU Declared Monsanto Weedkiller Safe

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

Fleetwood Announce New Groundsman

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

Westcountry Golf Academy Has Pro-Active Maintenance Approach

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

Cricket Club Raid Sees £13k Of Equipment Stolen

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

New ProTurf Analysis from ICL

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

New Business Development Manager for Etesia UK

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

Brand New Hickstead Sponsorship for Avant

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

Vandals Set Fire To Golf Course Twice In Four Days

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

Ventrac Dealer Network Continues To Grow

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

Pleasant Point Pitch Vandalism Leaves Coaches Frustrated

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

STRI Group Strengthens Ecology And Environment Team

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

National Golf Month Reaches Record Number Of People

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

Kubota Expands Partnership With Mitchell Powersystems

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

EIGCA Announces Three New Partners

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

Seeing Is Believing At Brickendon Grange Golf Club

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

Leicester Groundsman Cuts Club Crest Into Centre Circle

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

Greenkeeper Takes Up Role As ECB Pitch Adviser

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

Council Tax Bombshell

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

Southend United Groundsman Ken Hare Reaches Settlement With Club

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

Volunteer Groundsman ‘Sacked’ While Still On The Pitch

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

Storm-tec weathers it with Polaris

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


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

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

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

Free fertiliser efficiency appraisals from Germinal at BTME 2017

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