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Vandals cause £1000 of pitch damage

Vandals cause £1000 of pitch damage: Members of Old Laurentian RFC and Old Laurentians Minis & Juniors have been left saddened after finding £1,000 of damage to their pitches. On the night of Wednesday, October 9 – October 10, vandals caused around £1,000 of damage to two out of the three pitches on the site, […]

Willingdon GC targeted by vandals

Willingdon GC targeted by vandals: Vandals took a spade to greens at Willingdon Golf Club in an ‘extreme’ and ‘premeditated’ attack this week. Course manager Luke Turner described it as the “worst vandalism” he’d experienced in his decade at the club, and says it could take until spring to fully repair the damage. Course manager […]

Manager Praises Departing Groundsman

Manager Praises Departing Groundsman: Manager Danny Grainger has praised departing Workington Reds groundsman Jeff Curwen after the stalwart ended his 16-year association with the club. The shock news was revealed on Monday that Curwen, 78, is stepping down. If Reds had moved to Derwent Park this summer, it was Curwen’s intention to step down. But after the […]

400 Up For Mant Family

400 Up For Mant Family: A son who followed in the footsteps of his dad by becoming head groundsman at Fontwell Park Racecourse is celebrating his 400th race meeting at the racecourse this weekend. Paul Mant, who took over the role from dad Roger 16 years ago after learning the ropes and working alongside him […]

Vandals Leave Golf Green ‘Completely Shredded’

Vandals Leave Golf Green ‘Completely Shredded’: This was the scene of devastation left at a golf course after an off-road buggy was seen performing ‘doughnuts’ on the greens. A section of the course at Prestwich Golf Club has been ruined after the act of vandalism, which took place at 4.40pm last Friday. It is believed […]

BASIS Seek Chair For Board Of Trustees

BASIS Seek Chair For Board Of Trustees: National charity BASIS is seeking to recruit a Chair for the Board of Trustees, starting in April 2020. BASIS CEO, Stephen Jacob, explains the Chair will play a vital role in the running of the charity, that looks to support and develop the agricultural and associated industries with […]

Volunteers ‘Disheartened’ After Pitch Vandalism

Volunteers ‘Disheartened’ After Pitch Vandalism: Volunteers at an amateur football club have been left “disheartened” after vandals rode across their pitch on off-road motorcycles. After going to check the pitch at Breightmet Wanderers’ Dolan Park on Sunday morning, a member of the club spotted long tyre trails across the turf. The pitches, off Newby Road, […]

Police Appeal After Pitch Damage

Police Appeal After Pitch Damage: A Clitheroe sports pitch has been “cut to shreds” after a sneaky adult kickabout. Now, the pitch will be closed for several days, while council groundsmen rectify the damage. Up to 12 adults were spotted turfing up at the Edisford Road pitch – one of five next to the car […]

Vandals Rip Up Furness GC

Vandals Rip Up Furness GC: Golfers have called on the community to ‘grass up’ the mindless vandals who caused a ‘hole’ lot of damage on their course. Over the last two decades officials at Furness Golf Club on Walney have had to contend with regular incidents of criminal damage on the greens. These have ranged […]

Gordon Moir To Take Top Post

Gordon Moir To Take Top Post: Former St Andrews Links Trust director of greenkeeping Gordon Moir is in line to land a prestigious post in the industry where he made his mark. The 60-year-old has accepted the nomination to become vice president of the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association in 2020, with a view […]

Tributes To Stalwart Willie Duffy

Tributes To Stalwart Willie Duffy: Stenhousemuir Cricket Club paid tribute to one of its greatest stalwarts Willie Duffy, who died last Friday, aged 83. Willie joined the club in 1952. He was a steady medium paced swing bowler. He had some spectacular success such as the occasion when he took six wickets against Watsonians at […]

Twickenham’s New Head Groundsperson

Twickenham’s New Head Groundsperson: The RFU has appointed Jim Buttar as Twickenham Stadium’s head groundsperson, a role he began on 2nd September.  Jim has over 20 years’ experience in grounds maintenance. He was head groundsman at Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane for 11 years and deputy head for three years during which time he was […]

Footballer Scuffles With Groundsman

Footballer Scuffles With Groundsman: Richard Keogh was allegedly involved in a post-game altercation with a Nottingham Forest groundsman, according to reports. Sky Sports report that the Republic of Ireland and Derby County defender was left with “noticeable scratch marks” on his neck following a “scuffle” with the Forest groundsman. It is unclear if the groundsman suffered […]

Cricket Club Slams Vandals

Cricket Club Slams Vandals: The chairman of a cricket club has voiced his anger after their pitch was vandalised ahead of an all-important title decider. Players and officials at Bradenham Cricket Club were left devastated last week after groundsman Brett Gates arrived to find the outfield desecrated with tyre marks. Mr Gates subsequently took to […]

£40,000 Mower At Inverness Castle

£40,000 Mower At Inverness Castle: Highland Council is planning to use a £40,000 remote-control lawn mower to target difficult-to-reach steep slopes around Inverness – including at the city’s famous Castle. While the lush green banks by the castle and the River Ness are regarded as a major tourist attraction, they come with serious grass-cutting problems. […]

Wimbledon Groundsman Responds To Federer

Wimbledon Groundsman Responds To Federer: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had different opinions on the Wimbledon speed surface. The Swiss player believes it got slower than the previous years while Nadal said it is still the same one. Neil Stubley, who oversees the groundsmen team in the All England Club, said: “Every year we have […]

John Ledwidge Talks Groundsmanship

John Ledwidge Talks Groundsmanship: John Ledwidge always wanted to work on a football pitch. But rather than dreaming about becoming a star striker, he a wrote a letter to his local club, Coventry City, to ask about gaining work experience as a groundsman when he was just 13. The 28-year-old is now head of sports turf and […]

Bridesmaids Win Groundsman Award

Bridesmaids Win Groundsman Award: Everyone connected with both Boreham Wood and Arsenal Football Club, would like to congratulate our groundsmen Daniel Hunter and Declan Robinson on winning the very prestigious and Nationally awarded ‘groundsman of the year’ award. The dedication, skill and application shown by these two very committed grass and soil technicians come rain, […]

Hastings Groundsman Scoops Award

Hastings Groundsman Scoops Award: Hastings United’s surface- and its architect- recognised in FA Groundsman of the Year Awards. Grass. It’s often something we take rather for granted, isn’t it? But creating a fine surface for football doesn’t happen by chance; it involves a great deal of back-breaking work and an incredible amount of skill, which […]

New App For Groundsmen

New App For Groundsmen: The Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation are ramping up efforts to improve the quality of grass pitches in England with the launch of the Football Foundation Groundskeeping Community app. The new platform provides a resource of expert advice for grounds staff, enabling them to connect with peers, discover […]

Trophy For Alfreton Groundsman

Trophy For Alfreton Groundsman: Alfreton Town’s Rob Brooks picked up the third place trophy in the National League category at the FA Groundsman of the Year Awards. Boreham Wood claimed first place with Chesterfield in second. The Impact Arena is widely recognised up and down the country for its stunning surface and being one of […]

Tributes Paid To Gary Lewis

Tributes Paid To Gary Lewis: Tributes have been paid to former Blackpool FC groundsman Gary Lewis, who has tragically passed away. His son Mark has taken to Twitter to reveal the sad news, saying he and his family are “in shock”. Lewis joined Blackpool as groundsman in May of last year, having previously spent three […]

Kassam Pitch Delights Robinson

Kassam Pitch Delights Robinson: Oxford United manager Karl Robinson has praised the work done this summer to make improvements in the pitch at the Kassam Stadium. Oxford United’s home game with Peterborough United marks the surface’s competitive debut, following extensive refurbishment during the off-season. A good pitch is essential for the way the U’s want […]

Pitch Damaged After Concert

Pitch Damaged After Concert: Pundit Michael Stewart has revealed his dismay at the condition of Hearts’ pitch after the club hosted an Edinburgh Festival concert a week ago today. The damage appears to have been done when the stadium was the venue for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra on August 3. It saw a crowd […]

Groundsman Pleas To Dog Owners

Groundsman Pleas To Dog Owners: A football club groundsman has slammed irresponsible dog owners for not picking up their pets’ faeces, which has been left scattered across a village field which is used to host matches. Long Ashton Football Club stalwart Davy McGimpsey believes the amount removed by players is ‘nothing short of disgraceful’ and […]

Bunker Washouts Destroying Morale

Bunker Washouts Destroying Morale: The greatest challenge that has faced golf course superintendents over the past several years has been the difficulty of recruiting and retaining staff. All courses – regardless of budget – are impacted by this labor shortage, but those hit worst are struggling to simply keep up with mowing the entire golf […]

Vandals Cause Grass Pain

Vandals Cause Grass Pain: Volunteers at an East End football club have blasted vandals who repeatedly trash its pitch for five years. Cosmos Football Academy, in Tollcross, which trains kids as young as four-years-old, raised concerns with Glasgow City Council about the repeated problems. The club says that as well as smashing glass bottles on […]

Ireland To Host 2026 Ryder Cup

Ireland To Host 2026 Ryder Cup: The Ryder Cup will return to Ireland in 2026 when Adare Manor, in County Limerick, hosts the biennial contest between Europe and the United States for the first time. Ryder Cup Europe – which comprises the Managing Partner the European Tour, the Founding Partner the PGA of Great Britain […]

United Groundsman Sent To China

United Groundsman Sent To China: Manchester United are sending their groundsman to Shanghai to make sure there is no repeat of the pitch farce that marred their last visit to China. The first derby on foreign soil against Manchester City was scrapped three years ago after torrential downpours left the surface at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing unplayable. […]

Greenkeeper Injured In Holiday Accident

Greenkeeper Injured In Holiday Accident: A British holidaymaker could be paralysed for life after breaking his neck in an accident at a Spanish water park, his family fear. David Briffaut, 23, lost consciousness and suffered serious injuries after hitting the water in a pool at the bottom of a slide at the Aqualandia tourist attraction […]

Tributes For Former Groundsman

Tributes For Former Groundsman: Tributes have been paid to the former head groundsman of Bangor on Dee racecourse after he passed away on Wednesday, July 10 aged 82. John Malam, who will always be associated with the North Wales course, where he was affectionately known as Mr Bangor on Dee, was from the neighbouring village […]

Tribunal Rules Unfair Dismissal

Tribunal Rules Unfair Dismissal: A greenkeeper was unfairly dismissed by bosses at a posh golf club, a tribunal has ruled. Clive Poole, 47, began work at Prestbury Golf Club in 1996 but was sacked from his role – and lost the rented home that came with it – in June 2017. In a lengthy judgement […]

Ian Darler Hits 40 Years

Ian Darler Hits 40 Years: From eating a Sunday roast with Barry Fry in the centre-circle at London Road, to sing-along fishing trips with John Beck and rubbing shoulders with Herve Renard, it would be difficult to find anyone that has experienced the highs and lows of Cambridge United more than Ian Darler. Having arrived […]

Pitch Vandalised With Golf Clubs

Pitch Vandalised With Golf Clubs: A football club has hit out after vandals tore up their pitch with golf clubs only a week before their first pre-season friendly. Billinghay Athletic Football Club, which competes in Division One of the Boston and District Saturday Football League, have criticised the actions of the vandals, which have left […]

Groundsman Reveals Cricket Challenges

Groundsman Reveals Cricket Challenges: Gary Barwell, the head groundsman at Edgbaston, has done well to stay chipper as he prepares the pitch for the second of the World Cup semi-finals on Thursday. Unseasonal bad weather almost scuppered the venue’s first match – between New Zealand and South Africa – before Virat Kohli bizarrely complained about […]

Wolves’ Perfect Pitches

Wolves’ Perfect Pitches: Come rain or shine, they are the men working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure every pitch is Premier League quality. From the under-8s side honing their skills at the training ground to a Saturday afternoon fixture at Molineux, Wayne Lumbard and his dedicated team of groundsmen ensure the turf they are […]

Mower Man Gets Wembley Invite

Mower Man Gets Wembley Invite: A grass cutter whose efforts in creating a pitch “fit for Wembley” for children has been invited to cut the stadium’s pitch for real. A tweet Jimmy Broadhouse shared of his work at a council field in Bilbrook, near Wolverhampton, has been seen almost three million times. It also caught […]

‘Bored’ Groundsman’s Grand Design

‘Bored’ Groundsman’s Grand Design: A “bored” lower league football groundsman went to great lengths to create the perfect pitch – covered in geometric shapes. Fed-up with ‘drawing’ the same outline on the Brechin City turf, Neil Wood, 54, decided to design something more creative with his lawnmower. The patient Glebe Park groundsman spent six hours […]

Centre Court Steam Cleaned

Centre Court Steam Cleaned: The famous Centre Court at Wimbledon has been steam cleaned to kill off any nasty pests lurking beneath the surface, head groundsman Neil Stubley said.  The All England Club first trialled steam sterilising in 2017 and is now rolling it out around the courts. The technique involves covering the grass with […]

Exmouth Pitch In Good Shape

Exmouth Pitch In Good Shape: The football ‘close-season’ is almost at an end as the ‘pre-season’ edges ever closer. Most football teams enjoy an entire month of June recharging batteries before returning in early July for the rigours of pre-season training. However, the ‘close-season’ is not a period of rest for everyone involved with football […]

Bayer Set To Invest $5.6 billion

Bayer Set To Invest $5.6 billion: Bayer has announced it plans to invest about $5.6 billion of its research and development budget on alternatives to its glyphosate weed killer over the next decade, according to an article by Bloomberg. The German company, with U.S. headquarters in Whippany, New Jersey, acquired Monsanto, St. Louis, the maker of Roundup, […]

TurfSync Launched By STRI

TurfSync Launched By STRI: STRI Group is delighted to announce the launch of a new sports surface performance tracker – TurfSync. TurfSync connects the team and players to the surface they are playing on, whilst providing stadium operators with important management data. Its easy-to-use online interface allows the groundstaff, coaches, management and venue operators to […]

Cromer Courts Among The Best

Cromer Courts Among The Best: Cromer’s tennis players have always boasted that their 10 grass courts are amongst the best in the country – and now it is official. Following a visit and inspection by an official from the LTA, the sport’s governing body, and an inspector from the Sports Turf Research Institute they have […]

Groundsman Wins Volunteer Award

Groundsman Wins Volunteer Award: Birmingham Exiles’ Andy Harris was honoured at the annual North Midlands Volunteer Awards recently. The awards, now in their 13th year, celebrate outstanding voluntary service to rugby sides in the region, with the hard work and generosity of volunteers often proving the difference in keeping rugby clubs running. Harris was named […]

Vandals Tear Up Golf Green

Vandals Tear Up Golf Green: A group of “mindless” joy riders ripped up a north-east golf course at the weekend, leaving one green badly damaged. Grounds staff at Oldmeldrum Golf Club arrived on Sunday morning to prepare for the day’s action only to discover tyre marks across the 17th green. Sections of turf had been […]

Groundsmen Sacked After Team leak

Groundsmen Sacked After Team leak: Employees of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club claim they were unfairly dismissed in a “witch-hunt” after a team selection was leaked online. Three members of ground staff were allegedly denied disciplinary hearings or reasons for their sacking on Friday. The GMB union said the dismissal “stinks” and called for […]

Groundsman ‘Tweaks’ Pitch Plans

Groundsman ‘Tweaks’ Pitch Plans: Fleetwood Town’s head groundsman Nick Hyndman has revealed that feedback from keeper Alex Cairns has resulted in a different approach to relaying the Highbury pitch this summer. Hyndman is hopeful the pitch will be in “brilliant” condition by the time Premier League side Burnley arrive for a friendly on July 23. […]

Dover’s Pitch Makeover

Dover’s Pitch Makeover: The new football season might be two months away but preparations have already started on Crabble’s turf ahead of Dover’s 2019/20 National League campaign. Following the installation of the fibre sand pitch last year, Head Groundsman Sid Fletcher is now performing the necessary maintenance work to ensure the ground is in top […]

Thief Steals Football Lawnmower

Thief Steals Football Lawnmower: A local football club that has had to endure a traumatic season off this pitch has been dealt another blow. Boston Town FC have been dealt a huge blow off the pitch as their Ransom 2 wheeled lawnmower was stolen from the ground on Tuesday May 28. Other equipment used to […]

Police Hunt For Golf Vandals

Police Hunt For Golf Vandals: Police are investigating a case of vandalism on two greens at the Crookwell Golf Club. The incident occurred sometime between 9pm on Friday, May 24 and 8.30am on Saturday, May 25. First and second hole greens were ripped up by vehicles which were deliberately driven across the golf course. This […]

Thieves Rip Out Artificial Turf

Thieves Rip Out Artificial Turf: Thieves have ripped out specialist artificial turf from a £33,000 training centre used by young cricketers. The nets were set up at Porthill Park Cricket Club around a month ago following a fund-raising drive. But yobs cut up one of the lanes used to help build youngsters’ confidence in the sport. […]

Cousins’ 70 Years Of Service

Cousins’ 70 Years Of Service: Two cousins have celebrated 70 years of service to the same golf club. Bobby Hay retired earlier this month after 45 years with Gullane Golf Club, while cousin Paul Hay toasted 25 years of long service. Bobby, who was irrigation and drainage technician, and Paul, who is head greenkeeper at […]

Dog Handler Rescued By Tractor

Dog Handler Rescued By Tractor: When Mary Grant dislocated and broke her ankle at work, paramedics were struggling to find a way to get her safely to the ambulance. Mary, a senior dog handler at KDW Doggie Day Care in Kelty, Fife, was teaching puppy agility at the centre when the accident occurred on May […]

Bayer To Appeal Glyphosate Ruling

Bayer To Appeal Glyphosate Ruling: Bayer shares continued to fall on Tuesday after a California jury on Monday awarded more than $2 billion in damages to a couple who alleged that the company’s glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup caused their cancers. The third successive loss by Bayer in US courts and highest award to date by […]

Ground Staff Furious Over Criticism

Ground Staff Furious Over Criticism: It was a remark by Mark Ramprakash, England’s former batting coach, after the recent Test series defeat by West Indies which pushed one first-class groundsman over the edge. Ramprakash had just been asked why his batters had underperformed so woefully, and responded by assigning a chunk of the blame to […]

New Court Almost Ready

New Court Almost Ready: Often called the world’s best tennis tournament, Wimbledon will be unveiling a new Court No.1 this year and the preparations are in their final stages. The famously skilled groundsmen at the All England Lawn Tennis Club have tweeted pictures of the lines being painted onto court No.1 with the brand new […]

Vandals Hit Ellesmere Port GC

Vandals Hit Ellesmere Port GC: Police have taken to social media to reveal the damage caused by vandals at a recently re-opened golf club. Ellesmere Port Golf Club, also known as Hooton Golf Club, relaunched last month with the Ian Woosnam Golf Academy. The site, which closed suddenly last October after operators Mack Golf ceased trading, is owned […]

Award For Gillingham Groundsman

Award For Gillingham Groundsman: Gillingham groundsman John Plummer was awarded the Elliott Scally Cup at the club’s awards evening last Sunday. The cup goes to someone at the club who deserves special recognition. Plummer was given the daunting task of dealing with a new hybrid pitch early on in the season after the old one […]

Groundsman Targets Improvements

Groundsman Targets Improvements: Swindon Town groundsman Marcus Cassidy hopes beneath the surface improvements, as a result of continued investment over the summer, can help improve the County Ground pitch even further next season. Town were confirmed as winners of the Grounds Team of the Year award for League Two on Wednesday night, one place better […]

EFL Award Winners Announced

EFL Award Winners Announced: The EFL has announced the winners of the Grounds Team of the Season award for 2018/19 in each of the three divisions. The awards recognise the importance of the quality of pitches for professional football and acknowledge the clubs and their ground staff who consistently produce the best playing surfaces in […]

New Pitch Investment Pays Off

New Pitch Investment Pays Off: For years the quality of the Memorial Stadium pitch was criticised by managers both home and away as it cut up badly. Former Gas manager Darrell Clarke used to lambaste it at regular intervals. Which makes today’s announcement that Bristol Rovers have been named Grounds Team of the Season in […]

Tributes Paid To Bob Black

Tributes Paid To Bob Black: Tributes have been paid to a community stalwart who supported football clubs in his area for more than 40 years. Bob Black, of Evenwood, was a passionate fan of Evenwood Town Football Club and became well known for helping out with everything from fixing stands to painting on the white […]

Tractor Stolen From Football Club

Tractor Stolen From Football Club: Staff at Eastleigh FC say they are “gutted” after a tractor worth £19,000 was stolen from their ground. It happened at the Silverlake Stadium on Sunday night. The Head Groundsman Dan Barnes arrived for match day preparations on Monday to discover the tractor had been stolen and the extent of […]

Plastic Pitches Set For Twenty20

Plastic Pitches Set For Twenty20: The ECB expect plastic pitches to be used in domestic Twenty20 action this season when the heavy World Cup scheduling takes its toll on the squares of the country’s leading grounds. Artificial surfaces are yet to be used for professional matches in the UK but the ECB’s cricket committee sanctioned […]

Vandals Damage Football Pitch

Vandals Damage Football Pitch: Junior footballers from Spalding were left “devastated and disheartened” after vandals wrecked their pitch and equipment on Friday night. Players and officials from Spalding United Youth Football Club arrived for their games in West Pinchbeck, only to find that a pitch had been vandalised and a container storing equipment used by […]

Groundsman Celebrates 30th Year

Groundsman Celebrates 30th Year: A long serving groundsman at Worcestershire County Cricket Club has celebrated a milestone of 30 years looking after the picturesque cricket ground. Tim Packwood, the head groundsman at the New Road ground, marked his 30th year at the club this weekend. Mr Packwood came to the club in April 1989 as […]

How Golf Course Can Save Bees

How Golf Course Can Save Bees: The putting greens are perfectly smooth, every blade of grass is polished and preened to perfection. No stray clumps of moss or random dandelion leaf to cause even the slightest bump. Bunkers of fine sand dazzle under the Georgia sun. The crystal-clear water sparkles. Even Augusta National Golf Club’s […]

Holes Appear In Cricket Pitch

Holes Appear In Cricket Pitch: Vandals have hit a cricket club in Tameside after digging up more than 150 holes on the pitch. The damage to the wickets at Ashton Ladysmith Cricket Club was discovered earlier this week. It’s thought to have happened some time between 5pm on Tuesday and 2pm on Thursday. The ground on Rosehill […]

Groundsman’s Expertise At Aintree

Groundsman’s Expertise At Aintree: The head groundsman from Cartmel Racecourse headed to Aintree over the weekend to play a crucial role in the 2019 Grand National. Gary Sharp, 40, has worked at the south Cumbria course since 2002, ensuring the track is in peak condition for each of its nine race days every year. But […]

Liverpool Groundsman Retires

Liverpool Groundsman Retires: Groundsman Allan Webster has retired from his role at Liverpool after more than 40 years working at the club. The 64-year-old has tended to the famous Anfield pitch as well as the training ground at Melwood, and since 2005 he has looked after the lawns at the academy in Kirkby. Speaking to Allan […]

Groundsman’s Burger Discovery

Groundsman’s Burger Discovery: When a burger descended from space to land on the training ground at Colchester United on Thursday, groundsmen at the club were stumped as to its origin. Was it a cryptic message from another solar system, or possibly a bizarre ploy from an opposing team to upset United’s preparations? All was revealed […]

Boy Racers Churn Up Football Pitches

Boy Racers Churn Up Football Pitches: Boy racers performing ‘donuts’ have churned up a team’s football pitch in Market Harborough. Two cars have damaged a large section of the turf at the Symington’s Recreation Ground by performing stunts and driving about at speed on Sunday night. Officials at Borough Alliance Football Club, who run 17 […]

New 3G Pitch Provides Opportunity

New 3G Pitch Provides Opportunity: A new third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) which was opened at Philip Morant School and College in Essex recently (Monday 11 March) will support nearly 100 women and girls playing competitive football in Essex over the next five years. The new full-size pitch was made possible thanks to […]

Pitches Ruined By Tyre Damage

Pitches Ruined By Tyre Damage: A Renton football club were left devastated this weekend after Scottish Power vans ploughed through their pitches – leaving them unplayable. A coach of Renton Craigandro FC spotted the vans from Scottish Power Energy Network on Friday as they drove through the grass at Tontine Park leaving large muddy tyre […]

Lords Groundsman’s ‘Dream Job’

Lords Groundsman’s ‘Dream Job’: Karl McDermott, the new MCC head groundsman, may be preparing the Lord’s pitches for the World Cup final and the Ashes this summer, but when it comes to romance, Ireland’s first Test there will take some beating. He is from Dublin, and his journey to the home of cricket, replacing the legendary […]

Greenkeeper Death An Accident

Greenkeeper Death An Accident: A 35-year-old greenkeeper died last January after a poplar tree he was cutting fell on his head and fractured his skull, an inquest has heard. His girlfriend and her father later found his body. Father-of-one Martin Davenport, probably died instantly when the tree hit him in Christleton, Cheshire. A jury inquest […]

Manager’s Tribute To Former Groundsman

Manager’s Tribute To Former Groundsman: Southend United manager Chris Powell has paid tribute to Sid Broomfield, the man who helped to build Roots Hall. Broomfield passed away earlier this week, aged 94. And Powell insisted the club’s former groundsman would forever be a massive part of the club’s history. “You don’t get too many people […]

Award For Beccles Town Groundsman

Award For Beccles Town Groundsman: Beccles Town have been crowned winners of the Suffolk FA Groundsman of the Year sponsored by Ransomes at the first time of asking. The club had never previously entered the competition, which is open to clubs in the county at Step 7 and below. The five members of the Judging […]

Vandals Damage Prestigious Golf Club

Vandals Damage Prestigious Golf Club: Vandals on quad bikes have ripped up turf on the greens at a local course while horrified golfers looked on. The wrecking spree has caused £5,000 worth of damage at Howley Hall Golf Club in Morley just weeks before the start of the summer season. The prestigious course claims to […]

From Homeless To Award-Winning Greenkeeper

From Homeless To Award-Winning Greenkeeper: Jack Percival spent six months on the streets. When greenkeeping provided a lifeline, he never forgot what he had been through. Of all the things Jack Percival no longer takes for granted – and it’s quite a list – there is one that stands out, that’s hardwired into his brain like […]

Vandals Cause Golf Course Closure

Vandals Cause Golf Course Closure: Golf course bosses have been left gutted after vandals went on a spree at the site, forcing the course to close. Bishopswood Golf Course, in Tadley, had to be closed today after, overnight, vandals caused extensive damage to the course’s greens. Rakes and flags were used to cause the damage before […]

Celtic Repair Vandalised Youth Pitch

Celtic Repair Vandalised Youth Pitch: Celtic have stepped in to help out over 60 youngsters of Torrance FC whose pitch was vandalised recently, leaving their teams without a venue to play their games. The pitch, which is near Celtic’s Lennoxtown complex, was turned over by tyre tracks at the weekend meaning that the Torrance club, founded […]

Praise For Orient Groundsman

Praise For Orient Groundsman: Leyton Orient assistant Ross Embleton hailed the work of Colin James and his staff after pitch struggles last season due to a lack of investment by the previous regime. The current condition of Leyton Orient’s home pitch will given the team the chance to impose themselves on their future opponents, according […]

Pitch Perfect At Swindon Town

Pitch Perfect At Swindon Town: Long summer hours, ensuring a pre-planned fertiliser programme is on target and achieving the right aeration balance – you could consider all of the above to be traits required by one of Wiltshire’s many farmers. But it also applies to Swindon Town’s chief groundsman Marcus Cassidy, who is midway through his […]

Players Seek Artificial Surface Ban

Players Seek Artificial Surface Ban: Players in the Scottish Premiership are pushing for a ban on artificial surfaces in the top flight, according to players’ union PFA Scotland. Hamilton Academical, Kilmarnock and Livingston play on artificial surfaces. PFA Scotland surveyed players at the other nine clubs and says it received a 100% response against their use. […]

New R&A Greenkeeping Scholar

New R&A Greenkeeping Scholar: A Carrickfergus student has become the first in Northern Ireland to be awarded an R&A Greenkeeping Scholarship. Callum Burnside is currently undertaking a two-year foundation degree in Horticulture (Sportsturf) at the Greenmount campus of the College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) The R&A Greenkeeping Scholarship Programme was established in 2004 […]

Groundsman Creates ‘Starburst’ Outfield

Groundsman Creates ‘Starburst’ Outfield: TV viewers watching the latest test match at the Darren Sammy stadium in Gros Islet may have been struck by the unusual way the outfield has been cut, mown into the shape of a “starburst” fanning out from the pitch to the boundary. This sort of topiary appears to be unique to […]

Ex-Cricketer Criticises County Pitches

Ex-Cricketer Criticises County Pitches: England batting coach Mark Ramprakash believes county pitches are not helping create top-order batsmen for Test cricket, labeling them ‘inexplicable’. England have been bowled out for 77, 246, 187 and 132 in the first two Tests against Windies to slip to a series defeat and will now try to avoid a whitewash in St […]

Living Wage Employer Accreditation

Living Wage Employer Accreditation: We are delighted to announce our Living Wage Employer accreditation. This is a commitment to pay all our staff the real Living Wage – a rate independently-calculated and based on what people actually need to live. This rate is higher than both the government’s “minimum wage” and “national living wage” and ensures […]

Vandals Set Fire To Football Pitch

Vandals Set Fire To Football Pitch: A football pitch in Drimnagh has been damaged in a suspected arson attack. The pitch on Benmadigan Road is used by local club St John Bosco. It is believed plastic fencing that was left at the pitch was set on fire. Pictures shared on social media by Cllr Daithi Doolan […]

Four Golf Greens Vandalised

Four Golf Greens Vandalised: Tayside Police are carrying out enquires after four greens were vandalised at a golf course near Dundee. The damage occurred at Camperdown Golf Course after motorbikes were believed to have been ridden around the greens, ripping up large areas of the putting surfaces. The 1st, 3rd, 4th and 9th holes were affected. […]

Vandals Target Golf Greens

Vandals Target Golf Greens: Two greens at the Keilor Golf Club in Australia were last week ripped up after vehicles were deliberately driven across the course. Brimbank infrastructure and city services director Neil Whiteside said the vandalism was unacceptable. “Council is disappointed that reckless vandals have damaged the Keilor Public Golf Course by deliberately driving vehicles […]

Oil Attack Ruins Cricket Pitch

Oil Attack Ruins Cricket Pitch: Members at Wyndham Vale Cricket Club in Australia have been left devastated after vandals poured oil on one of its pitches, rendering it unusable for several months. Liam Maloney was set to captain the club’s thirds on Saturday, January 19, when players arrived to find the pitch covered in oil. Mr […]

Groundsman Sacked Over Racist Tweets

Groundsman Sacked Over Racist Tweets: A former Lincoln City groundsman has been sacked by the football club after a series of offensive tweets surfaced. Ashley Barratt was dismissed 12 hours after the club were made aware of the tweets, following an investigation. Barratt’s tweets were posted online between September and October 2017, before he became an employee […]

IOG’s Rallying Cry

IOG’s Rallying Cry: No-one involved in club cricket will be particularly surprised that the evolution of volunteers in key roles is an ongoing concern. Struggles to recruit enough umpires and shortages of scorers is as old as the hills. Is it as bad as it ever was? I’ll leave that to you to ponder but the […]

Real Madrid Groundsman’s Office

Real Madrid Groundsman’s Office: Paul Burgess, the man responsible maintaining Real Madrid’s pitch, recently took to social media posting an image of his office with the message: “Preparing our summer planning today for the stadium and training facility, busy 2019 ahead.” Formerly in charge of the pitches at Arsenal, his modern techniques were taken on […]

Dan Sanders Wins Groundsman Award

Dan Sanders Wins Groundsman Award: Westfields groundsman Dan Sanders has been crowned the Midland Football League Premier Division Groundsman of the Year. Sanders, from Clehonger, looks after all the main pitch and other pitches as allpay.park. He also finished runner-up overall in the Midland Football League to Brockton Football Club as Groundsman of the Year. His certificate […]

Vandals Target Angus Golf Club

Vandals Target Angus Golf Club: Members of Letham Grange Golf Club have once again been left counting the costs after vandals tore over the fairways in a late night demolition spree. Green-keepers arrived on Sunday morning to be met by tyre marks cutting across the 17th fairway and the winter tees in the second incident of […]

Tributes Groundsman George Hay

Tributes Groundsman George Hay: Tributes have been paid to a fixture of Clydebank’s sporting community who will be laid to rest at the ground that became a family home. George Hay died on December 30 at the age of 69, just one year older than Drumchapel Amateurs. He lived his entire life across the street from […]

Inquiry Into Japanese Knotweed Impact

Inquiry Into Japanese Knotweed Impact: The Science and Technology Committee are holding an oral evidence session in early 2019, specifically to explore the science behind the effects of Japanese Knotweed on the built environment. To inform that session, written submissions were invited and the Amenity Forum has made a response. The Amenity Forum welcomed the inquiry. […]

Vandals Ruin Village Football Pitch

Vandals Ruin Village Football Pitch: A village football boss has condemned “mindless” vandals who ruined their pitch by driving across it and churning up the turf. Cartmel AFC’s ground was targeted by someone driving across the wet surface performing “doughnuts and wheelies” and scarring the sodden ground on Boxing Day. Club chairman Steve Chambers said it […]

Sports Pitch Ruined By Quad Bike

Sports Pitch Ruined By Quad Bike: Three junior football teams have had their pitch ruined by mindless vandals. Bosses at Cleck Sporting Juniors believe a quad bike was taken onto the field, in Mann Dam Park, off Spen Lane, in Cleckheaton, and used to churn up the grass earlier this week. It has left the pitch unplayable […]

IOG Recommend 2.5% Pay Rise

IOG Recommend 2.5% Pay Rise: The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) is recommending a 2.5 per cent increase in grounds staff’s national minimum salary bands for 2019. The IOG say the recommendations have been made against a backdrop of economic uncertainty over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, which is likely to impact growth; GDP growth is expected […]

Cambridge Mow Christmas Tree Into Pitch

Cambridge Mow Christmas Tree Into Pitch: League Two outfit Cambridge United have shown their Christmas spirit by mowing a Christmas tree into their pitch. The special design at Abbey Stadium for the U’s game against Yeovil Town on Saturday was created by groundsman Ian Darler and features stars and baubles. “Our Groundsman does Christmas better than […]

Loss Of Propiconazole

Loss Of Propiconazole: The EU Commission has decided not to renew the approval for the fungicide active ingredient, propiconazole. This means that all products containing propiconazole for any market, including turf management, will be withdrawn from sale over the coming months. Approval was not renewed because it failed the cut off criteria given its classification linked […]

Karl McDermott Begins Lords Role

Karl McDermott Begins Lords Role: Karl McDermott has started work in his new role as the Head Groundsman at the famous Lord’s cricket ground. McDermott joined from Hampshire and has taken over from Mick Hunt, who retired after 49 years in the job. He joined Hampshire as Deputy Head Groundsman in 2009, becoming Head Groundsman in 2016, having […]

Vandals Set Fire To Football Pitch

Vandals Set Fire To Football Pitch: A Renton football team have been left with nowhere to play their games after vandals set fire to their pitch. Players and coaches at Renton Craigandro have been left gutted by the damage done to their pitches at Tontine Park. The grass pitch has been left blackened and unplayable with […]

Greenkeeper Celebrates 40 Years

Greenkeeper Celebrates 40 Years: A special staff function took place at the Berry Bowling Club on Sunday, to celebrate Rodney (Rod) Armstrong’s 40 years of continuous employment as a greenkeeper at Bomaderry Bowling Club and in more recent years also covering Berry. Rod started his apprenticeship at Bomaderry in 1978 under the highly respected greenkeeper Ron Sharpe […]

Greenkeeper Sets Up Mental Health Support Page

Greenkeeper Sets Up Mental Health Support Page: The head greenkeeper of Hazel Grove Golf Club in Cheshire has set up a successful Facebook page that offers mental health support to greenkeepers in the industry. Mike Davie created the page after observing “the increase of expectations of the golfer with increased personal abuse aimed at, and stress […]

Greenkeeping Team Rewarded

Greenkeeping Team Rewarded: The greenkeeping team at Golf At Goodwood has realised its ambition of gaining the coveted Golf Environment Organisation certification for its commitment to sustainability across both the Park and Downs courses. GEO Certified® is the symbol of great golf environments worldwide, showing a facility has met a credible standard in sustainability across six […]

Award For Rotherham Grounds Team

Award For Rotherham Grounds Team: More than any footballer could ever hope to Rotherham United head groundsman Dave Fellowes covers every blade of grass, suggesting he can clock up 100 miles a week on the pitch at AESSEAL New York Stadium. Up and down, across and back, up and down, across and back. Dave Fellowes reckons he […]

Reece Watson To Leave Arsenal

Reece Watson To Leave Arsenal: Arsenal’s head groundsman Reece Watson has announced that he will be leaving the club in February 2019. Watson has been an integral part of the club for 13 years, progressing from assistant groundsman to head groundsman. Arsenal have been committed to providing one of the best playing surfaces in world football […]

New Greens Team At Sleaford

New Greens Team At Sleaford: It’s all change at Sleaford Golf Club after new faces were brought in to look after their greens and fairways. There have been many changes in the greenkeeping team at Sleaford Golf Club in recent weeks after the retirement of the club’s longest-serving greenkeeper Arthur Simpson, and the decision of head […]

Bayer To Show Glyphosate Studies

Bayer To Show Glyphosate Studies: Bayer announced Nov. 21 that it will soon include safety study summaries of glyphosate on its dedicated transparency platform. The company said this next step will mark the first anniversary of its Transparency Initiative, which was launched on Dec. 7, 2017. “Our commitment to transparency remains core to our mission as we […]

Vandals Hit Real Fife FC

Vandals Hit Real Fife FC: Reckless vandals who have been tearing up a Fife football pitch by using it as a race track are placing young lives at risk and could force a local club to relocate altogether. The stark message has been delivered by volunteers with Real Fife FC, which has been resident at East […]

Trime UK Champion The Green X-Splash

Trime UK Champion The Green X-Splash: Trime UK, the Cambridgeshire based supplier of sustainable equipment for the horticultural, agricultural, construction and rental markets have had their X-Splash wash bay honoured by the prestigious environmental campaigners, the Green Organisation. They competed against more than 800 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice. Trime’s […]

Quad Bikes Tear Up Football Pitch

Quad Bikes Tear Up Football Pitch: Pitches at Solway Banks in Brynteg were damaged again by tyre tracks at the weekend, leading to Brymbo Lodge FC coach Kieran Howard to hit out at the vandals for ruining children’s football. He says they are also putting lives including their own in danger with reckless behaviour. He added […]

Trime’s Tax Efficient Method For Cleaning Plant & Equipment

Trime’s Tax Efficient Method For Cleaning Plant & Equipment: The safe and thorough cleaning of plant and equipment for construction, agricultural and similar equipment is pre-requisite operation. The environmentally safe containment and removal of mud, soil and similar contaminates can become a problem, particularly for those firms that do not have access to an outside yard. […]

Vandals Leave Pitch Out Of Action

Vandals Leave Pitch Out Of Action: An east end football club which encourages men over 30 to get fit is out of action until next year, thanks to heartless vandals who ruined the pitch. Glasgow Titans have a pitch in Tollcross, and use it for training and games as part of a weight loss programme. The […]

Tributes Paid To Popular Groundsman

Tributes Paid To Popular Groundsman: Tributes have been paid to a popular football groundsman who has lost his battle with cancer, aged 87. Adam Grant, of Tillymaud, near Udny, gave his tender loving care to the North Lodge Park pitch at Formartine United for more than three decades – despite losing a hand in a tragic […]

Greenkeepers Sunburn & Cancer Risk

Greenkeepers Sunburn & Cancer Risk: A new survey of 154 greenkeepers has found that many do not use sufficient protection against sunburn and skin cancer. According to Occupational Medicine, two-thirds of the greenkeepers surveyed – all at Irish golf clubs – were more concerned about work-place injuries such as being hit by a stray ball […]

Industry Award For Edgbaston

Industry Award For Edgbaston: Warwickshire head groundsman Gary Barwell and his team at Edgbaston have been awarded two of the biggest grounds industry accolades by the Institute of Groundsmanship. The groundstaff, who received global recognition for their work in the summer on England’s Test match against India and throughout the 2018 domestic season, were named Professional Cricket Grounds Team […]

Scottish Plastic Pitch Debate

Scottish Plastic Pitch Debate: It’s a debate that rages on constantly among Scottish football followers: Is it right that 13 of the professional senior clubs in the top four divisions play on artificial pitches? Despite there seemingly being an overwhelming majority of managers, players and fans who reckon the controversial surfaces can cause injury, adversely affect […]

Football Club Furious As Vandals Hit

Football Club Furious As Vandals Hit: Bosses at a football club have been left furious, and have hit out at vandals who tore up their pitch. Yobs used a vehicle to churn up the pitch used by Bishopton FC, which runs teams for men, women and kids. The site, which is operated by Renfrewshire Leisure, is […]

Course Manager Unfairly Dismissed

Course Manager Unfairly Dismissed: A former course manager has told Montrose Links golf management committee to “consider their positions” after emerging successful from an unfair dismissal fight. Niall Bruce, 47, who spent 10 years in the post, was the victim of a restructuring exercise and said his “head was on the platter” before the process had […]

Eric Harris Set To Retire

Eric Harris Set To Retire: Although rain has finally arrived at Stratford Racecourse, the hot summer temperatures were a challenge for head groundsman Eric Harris as he looked to produce good, safe ground at the height of the season. Harris has announced his retirement after 23 years at Stratford and over 50 in all in racing […]

Colwyn Bay Groundsman Praised

Colwyn Bay Groundsman Praised: Elfyn Jones, groundsman at Colwyn Bay, recently received national praise for his effort on the club’s playing pitch. The hard-working volunteer finished third in the EVO-STIK League Groundsman of the Year Award at a glitzy ceremony at the FA’s St George’s Park, and he also received a high commendation nationally. Jones is […]

Tottenham’s New Turf

Tottenham’s New Turf: Tottenham Hotspurs’ new stadium has taken a giant step towards completion with the delivery of the new pitch. The rolls of turf, which have been imported from Holland, arrived at the start of the week and are now being meticulously laid out as the new White Hart Lane arena begins to look more […]

Get Straight With Glyphosate

Get Straight With Glyphosate: Glyphosate has been in the news again recently, and as groundcare professionals look to their 2019 weed control programmes, Roundup Technical Development Manager Barrie Hunt gives an update on legal and best practice information to help plan ahead. Q. What is the legislative situation with glyphosate at the moment? A. Glyphosate was […]

More Injuries On 4G Pitches?

More Injuries On 4G Pitches?: A recent study undertaken by the Irish Premiership bears out the belief that plastic pitches are more dangerous than natural surfaces. In August, Munster’s new 4G pitch surface at Musgrave Park was laid, the conversion from natural grass to plastic complete and ready for the visits of London Irish and Exeter […]

Swindon Pitch Up For Award

Swindon Pitch Up For Award: Groundstaff at Swindon Town are among those being recognised by this year’s by the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Industry Awards. Town’s head groundsman Marcus Cassidy is contesting the SISGrass Professional Football Grounds Team of the Year Award with now-Championship side Rotherham United after his County Ground playing surface surpassed the the average rating […]

‘Augusta of the North’ Vandalised

‘Augusta of the North’ Vandalised: Boy racers have taken to a golf course in Angus and caused significant damage. Letham Grange Golf Club was previously kept open against all odds and honorary secretary Bruce Currie said the damage to several fairways was a “real kick in the teeth”. Opened in 1987 by Sir Henry Cotton, […]

Anger After Mower Theft

Anger After Mower Theft: Steve Kenny, chairman of Whalley Junior Football Club, is angry after thieves broke the lock of a container and stole a Craftsman mower worth £2k on September 18. The club have two large pitches, and three smaller-sided pitches to cater for matches for their age-groups from Mr Kenny said: “It is gutting […]

Gillingham To Replace Pitch

Gillingham To Replace Pitch: Gillingham have taken the decision to replace their current playing surface with a hybrid pitch, leading to the rescheduling of two home fixtures. The surface of the Priestfield pitch has been problematic for some time and the club have now decided to act. Their home game against Peterborough United is the […]

Pompey’s Fox In The Box

Pompey’s Fox In The Box: It appears Portsmouth may have unearthed a new fox in the box, but it’s not a new striker that has arrived at Fratton Park. Not that they need much help in that department as things stand anyway! Nor is it the breakthrough of one of their academy youngsters, who’ll set […]

GTC Release New Training Materials

GTC Release New Training Materials: The Greenkeepers Training Committee (GTC) has released a revised set of best practice learning materials for all levels of student greenkeepers. Although originally inspired as the underpinning knowledge for the Level 2 qualification, the GTC Board of Directors and the Employer Group championed the revision of the copyright Learning Materials. These […]

Match Off After Pitch Vandalism

Match Off After Pitch Vandalism: Ongoing damage at Putaruru’s Totara Park is angering the community and sparking fears public access could be restricted. In the latest incident a vehicle damaged the football pitch so badly that the Rangers team had to cancel its final game of the season. Manager Derek Roberts, who has been with the club […]

CPL’s Best Groundsman Award

CPL’s Best Groundsman Award: The Hero Caribbean Premier League has created an award for the groundsman that has overseen the greatest improvement in the pitches at tournament venues since the league’s inception in 2013. The award will see the winning head groundsman being flown to New Zealand to work with world renowned pitch expert Mark Perham. […]

New Lords Head Groundsman

New Lords Head Groundsman: MCC has confirmed that Karl McDermott has been appointed as the new Head Groundsman at Lord’s. McDermott, who will join MCC from Hampshire County Cricket Club, will replace Mick Hunt, who is retiring from the role after 49 seasons. After beginning his career as Assistant Groundsman at Clontarf Cricket Club in Dublin, […]

Greenkeepers’ Revenge Proves A Hit

Greenkeepers’ Revenge Proves A Hit: A new competition, called Greenkeepers’ Revenge, was recently staged, much to the amusement of the Honiton members. The competition, introduced this year by club captain Richard Beard, offered the opportunity for the greens staff to get their own back for all of the golfers walking over their workplace all year! Their […]

Giant Sinkhole Appears On Pitch

Giant Sinkhole Appears On Pitch: A football pitch in Mexico has been become unusable after a giant sinkhole formed in the centre of the field. The incident is thought to have occurred after the pipes under the water sprinkler system apparently started leaking. The affected pitch, in Cuajimalpa de Morelos, now sports a gigantic sinkhole, well over […]

Head Greenkeeper Talks Flower Meadows

Head Greenkeeper Talks Flower Meadows: In a special column, Rob Peers, head greenkeeper at Hever Castle Golf Club talks about an exciting first year in the job: I took up my post as head greenkeeper at Hever Castle Golf Club just over a year ago – and what a year it’s been. One of the greatest […]

Bayer Braced For Roundup Lawsuits

Bayer Braced For Roundup Lawsuits: Industry analysts have warned that Bayer is bracing itself for thousands of future claims, after the successful lawsuit against Monsanto in California in August in which a jury ruled that a former groundskeeper’s cancer was caused by Roundup, and that the company knowingly withheld information about the carcinogenic properties of glyphosate. German-based […]

New Greenkeeping Director At St Andrews

New Greenkeeping Director At St Andrews: Sandy Reid has been appointed as the new director of greenkeeping at St Andrews Links. Sandy’s new role at the course, known as the ‘Home of Golf’, is one of the most prestigious roles in golf course management in the world. An experienced figure in the greenkeeping industry, Reid will make the move […]

Grounds Staff Surprise PSG Boss

Grounds Staff Surprise PSG Boss: PSG’s grounds staff went big in their attempts to lay on a special surprise for club manager Tomas Tuchel, who celebrated his 45th birthday on Wednesday. Having come into work early at the club’s Camp des Loges training centre, Jonathan Calderwood and his team set about preparing a vast welcome for Tuchel […]

New H&S Guidelines May Save Lives

New H&S Guidelines May Save Lives: An updated set of health and safety guidelines aimed at turf professionals ‘could save lives’ in the wake of a major review. The Greenkeepers Training Committee (GTC) has launched a free-to-use web-based platform created by the Xact Group that aims to ensure golf club employers un­derstand their roles and responsibilities towards […]

Valladolid Pitch Investigated

Valladolid Pitch Investigated: An investigation has been opened by La Liga into Real Valladolid’s pitch following their defeat by Barcelona on Saturday, which has been described as “deplorable”. Players had to replace clumps of turf that became dislodged during the Spanish champions’ 1-0 win at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla. The pitch was relaid on Tuesday and began to […]

Vandals Damage Cricket Pitch

Vandals Damage Cricket Pitch: The pitch at Rainham Cricket Club has been vandalised by a group who took to the surface on motorbikes. Tyre marks and skid marks were left on the wicket after a group of youths were seen on Thursday, August 16 on off-road bikes driving across the wicket. The club was due […]

Plastic Pitch Blamed For Injury

Plastic Pitch Blamed For Injury: It’s feared that Jamie Murphy will face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after twisting his knee in Rangers’ 3-1 Betfred Cup victory at Kilmarnock. James Tavernier blamed Kilmarnock’s artificial surface for Jamie Murphy’s injury hell – while Rangers boss Steven Gerrard called for plastic pitches to be outlawed in the Premiership. The Ibrox club […]

Andover Groundsman Wins Award

Andover Groundsman Wins Award: A groundsman is celebrating receiving a national award, fending off competition from over 650 rivals across the country. Now retired Andover Town FC groundsman Chris White is celebrating after winning the FA National Groundsman of the Year competition for the 2017/18 season. The awards ceremony took place at St George’s Park […]

Edgar Street’s Award Winners

Edgar Street’s Award Winners: Ben Bowen, head groundsman at Edgar Street, has received an accolade for his dedication and effort in keeping the pitch in pristine condition. His ‘dedication and hard work’ saw Bowen and his Highground Maintenance team clinch third place in the Southern League Groundsman of the Year award last week. The last […]

FA’s Groundsman Award Winners

FA’s Groundsman Award Winners: It’s that time of the year when the FA hold their Groundsman of the Year Awards, and five clubs from the three National League divisions won awards. Aldershot Town’s Colin Wilson was the overall winner as he kept the EBB surface is exceptional condition. He not only did he received a trophy he […]

Lord’s Head Groundsman Honoured

Lord’s Head Groundsman Honoured: After 48 years of service, Lord’s head groundsman Mick Hunt has been recognised by the ECB and MCC for his work, with the MCC also awarding Mick with an honorary lifetime membership. England recently became the first ever team to complete the milestone of playing 1000 Tests. They celebrated it with a […]

Amenity Forum’s Glyphosate Statement

Amenity Forum’s Glyphosate Statement: The Amenity Forum have released a statement discussing the use of glyphosate after the outcome of a US judgement. Managing weeds in amenity situations is a vital task – it impacts on every UK citizen every day providing safe and healthy environments. It really keeps Britain moving. As we move forward in […]

Wilson Top Of The Turf League

Wilson Top Of The Turf League: Eric Wilson from Whitby Town has been named as the best groundsmen in the Northern Premier League, along with Non-League’s national runner-up at the Football Association’s 2018 Groundsmen of the Year Awards. Pictured last season after being highly commended by the judges of the annual contest to honour Non-League’s top […]

Groundsman Wins Volunteer Award

Groundsman Wins Volunteer Award: The groundsman at Kingsbridge Rugby Club has been awarded the regional round of the Mitsubishi Volunteer of the Year. Mike Shute, Kingsbridge Rugby Club, has won the regional round of the awards, which Mitsubishi and the Rugby Football Union organise to acknowledge the great work done by volunteers within the rugby community. Mike […]

Cricket Groundsman 50 Not Out

Cricket Groundsman 50 Not Out: A fun-filled evening of cricket was held at Duncombe Park Cricket Club on Friday, July 20. A match between ex-players, known as The Legends, who were captained by Pete Humpleby, took on the current players, captained by Jonathon Leckenby. Following the match, a presentation of an engraved tankard was made to Alan Kent […]

Golf Club Fined Over Death

Golf Club Fined Over Death: Golf clubs are being advised to check health and safety claims of their staff with former employers after a Leicestershire club was fined £150k following the death of its course manager. The golf club in question accepted the course manager’s incorrect assertion that he was chainsaw-trained, and did not check this […]

Vandals Target Larkhall Golf Club

Vandals Target Larkhall Golf Club: Police are on the lookout for witnesses after the greens at Larkhall Golf Club suffered from a spate of vandalism over the weekend. Six of the greens on the nine-hole golf course at Burnhead Road, were damaged during the incident between July 29 and 30. Sergeant Jon McLeish said: “Six of […]

Wales’ First Female Head Greenkeeper

Wales’ First Female Head Greenkeeper: Lucy Sellick has been appointed head greenkeeper at Wenvoe Castle Golf Club – the first time ever a Welsh golf club has a female head greenkeeper. According to Wales Golf, Lucy is now one of only two female head greenkeepers in the whole of the UK. Lucy began her career at […]

Groundsmen Look To The Heavens

Groundsmen Look To The Heavens: It was around this time in the long, hot summer of 1976 that things were getting really desperate for the nation’s greenkeepers and groundsmen. It remains the hottest, driest summer on record, though one that this year is threatening to outdo, and it forced those in search of water to keep […]

MCC’s Mick Hunt To Retire

MCC’s Mick Hunt To Retire: MCC has today announced that Head Groundsman Mick Hunt is to retire at the end of the 2018 season. Mick joined the groundstaff in December 1969 and was appointed Head Groundsman in 1985, following the retirement of Jim Fairbrother. The search will now begin for Mick’s successor, with a view to […]

Hove Haven Gets Upgraded 3G

Hove Haven Gets Upgraded 3G: A haven for dog walkers, runners, playing kids and sports players in Hove has had its football pitch upgraded. Brighton & Hove City Council appointed Essex-based ETC Sports Surfaces to the 70x31m pitch reconstruction at Hove Park, East Sussex. The project consisted of the resurfacing of an existing Artificial Grass Pitch […]

Carbon Gold Achieves Business Certification

Carbon Gold Achieves Business Certification: Carbon Gold, the Bristol-based supplier of enriched biochar to the turf, arb and grower markets in the UK and Europe, has achieved B Corp status. The certification, which is a global standard used to measure a for-profit company’s social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency, is described as being to business […]

Tributes Paid To Simon Tullett

Tributes Paid To Simon Tullett: It’s sad to report that Simon Tullett, founder of STM Co Ltd of Warwickshire – a supplier of SCAG equipment, and a well-known member of the industry, died in hospital recently. He had health problems for a couple of years and was awaiting heart surgery, but sadly succumbed to kidney failure. Simon’s family […]

Linnets Aim For Perfect Pitch

Linnets Aim For Perfect Pitch: The Walks might be a far cry from the old Wembley Stadium and Portman Road, but Steven Curtis is relishing the change in role after becoming groundsman at King’s Lynn Town Football Club. Mr Curtis, who has worked at a number of iconic venues during the last 40 years, is enjoying […]

IOG Welcomes Lantra As End Point Assessment Organisation

IOG Welcomes Lantra As End Point Assessment Organisation: Lantra has become the End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) for the new Level 2 Sports Turf Operative Apprenticeship Standard developed by the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) and a large employer group. There are already more than 50 apprentices undertaking a learning journey to achieve this high-quality standard. Commenting, […]

Club’s Anger Over Pitch Damage

Club’s Anger Over Pitch Damage: A council “must be held responsible” after race cars drove over a brand new football pitch costing thousands of pounds, an Irish League club has said. Ballymena United said it was “saddened” at the incident during a stock car race at the Ballymena Showgrounds on Friday. The venue is owned by […]

Ariens Appoint Masport

Ariens Appoint Masport: Ariens Company has announced the appointment of Masport to represent the company and the Ariens and Gravely brands in New Zealand, Australia and Oceania countries. Ariens is a family owned business manufacturing snow blowers, lawn tractors and zero-turn mowers for commercial and high end consumer markets. The US company, which has been manufacturing […]

Artificial Pitch Burnt By Vandals

Artificial Pitch Burnt By Vandals: Kelty Hearts’ artificial pitch has been burned, seats have been vandalised days after being installed, and youngsters have been seen on the roof of the club’s new stand. The damage to the community facilities could see the club, which turned senior last year, lose its SFA licence because of regular pitch […]

Greenfields Awarded Constructionline Gold Certificate

Greenfields Awarded Constructionline Gold Certificate: GreenFields (Sports Surfaces) UK Ltd have proudly received the Constructionline Gold Certificate, an accolade which is testament to the team’s commitment to excelling in project delivery, workplace and health and safety practices. Constructionline is the UK’s leading procurement provider and supply-chain management service providing potential buyers with minimised risk combined with […]

1 In 3 Grassroots Pitches Adequate

1 In 3 Grassroots Pitches Adequate: Only one in three pitches at grassroots level is of adequate quality, says the Football Association. The figure is part of the FA’s written evidence for a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) parliamentary hearing on Wednesday about the possible sale of Wembley Stadium. The FA says it is “considering […]

What Happens In Amenity Management Impacts UK Citizens

What Happens In Amenity Management Impacts UK Citizens: This is one of the statements made by the Amenity Forum Chairman in the Voluntary Initiative’s recently released Annual Report. It covers the 12 months running up to June 30th 2018 and demonstrates the wide range of activity and development of this unified voice for the sector on […]

The Impact Of A Heatwave

The Impact Of A Heatwave: Ten weeks of drought has posed a major challenge to Irish golf courses. Kevin Markham interviewed two greenkeepers to assess how course conditions have been impacted. Listening to Met Éireann tell us we haven’t had weather like this since 1976 makes you realise how much we miss hot, dry summers. Golf courses that […]

Vandals Target Castlerock GC

Vandals Target Castlerock GC: Police are appealing for information following extensive criminal damage caused to Castlerock Golf Club’s course and green hut during the early hours of this morning. A police spokesperson said “Those responsible have caused damage which will cost thousands to repair.  A deliberate fire was started on the long grass on the course and […]

Rugby Club Devastated By Pitch Fire

Rugby Club Devastated By Pitch Fire: A Swansea rugby club’s bosses are “devastated” after one of their pitches was set alight in a suspected arson. The second pitch belonging to Vardre RFC, based in Clydach, was badly burnt during the fire on Sunday. South Wales Police are investigating the fire after Mid and West Wales Fire […]

£2.6m Pledged For Trees And Green Spaces

£2.6m Pledged For Trees And Green Spaces: Trees and green spaces will feature in a number of projects which will receive an investment £2.6 million from Natural Resources Wales (NRW) over the next two years in order to improve Wales’ environment. The projects were selected under the four themes of reducing the risk from environmental hazards; […]

From Ipswich To The World Cup Final

From Ipswich To The World Cup Final: Ex-Ipswich Town groundsman Alan Ferguson is in charge of the showpiece surface at the World Cup in Russia. “There’s an advert on the TV at the moment that says ‘Born in Carlisle; made in the Royal Navy’. Well I was born in Scotland but made at Portman Road.” […]

Arrests After Golf Course Vandalism

Arrests After Golf Course Vandalism: Two men have been arrested and charged in relation to vandalism at a golf club in Oamaru. The North Otago Golf Club was vandalised overnight on Saturday when a 4WD vehicle was driven over several of the club’s fairways and greens. Sergeant Blair Corlet confirmed men, aged 25 and 22, had been charged […]

Golf Club Feels The Heat

Golf Club Feels The Heat: The impact of the UK’s current heatwave can be seen at Oxford Golf Club. Just a month ago Oxfordshire’s oldest golf course resembled a lush green oasis, but after the driest June on record, the fairways have frazzled. Now the most verdant parts of the course on Hill Top Road, Headington, […]

2018 Mowing Season Starts Later

2018 Mowing Season Starts Later: A survey by lawnmower manufacturer Cub Cadet has found that the 2018 lawnmowing season started over three weeks later than it did in 2017. The results found that the most popular day for the first mow of the lawn in 2017 was the 26th March, whereas this year it was the 19th April […]

Bristol Rovers Pitch Renovations

Bristol Rovers Pitch Renovations: Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke has praised the impressive work of the ground staff at the League One club who are going above and beyond to ensure the team have a world class playing surface this season. The state of the Memorial Stadium pitch was a constant source of frustration last season for both […]

Final Roll For Retiring Greenkeeper

Final Roll For Retiring Greenkeeper: Deniliquin’s Tom Maw has worked and mastered the art of ‘greenkeeping’ over the past 48 years. When Mr Maw was 17 he applied for a greenkeeper apprenticeship at the Deniliquin Golf Club after his father noticed the ‘wanted’ position when playing a round of golf. He applied and got the […]

Wimbledon Can Cope With Heat

Wimbledon Can Cope With Heat: Wimbledon’s head groundsman Neil Stubley has denied the grass is longer at the All England Club this year and is confident the courts can handle the heat. Rafael Nadal said on Saturday he thought the grass was longer than in previous years but Stubley, the head of courts and horticulture, […]

Sentosa Golf Club Loses Its Bottle

Sentosa Golf Club Loses Its Bottle: Sentosa Golf Club is reaffirming its commitment to the environment and its ‘Keep it Green’ agenda by announcing that it will no longer permit the use of plastic water bottles on its golf carts, instead favouring the installation of a number of water stations on course. The reduction of its […]

Exeter City’s Problem Fox

Exeter City’s Problem Fox: Exeter City have had their fair share of fox in the box strikers over time, but currently, it is one of the feral variety that is causing them a huge headache at St James Park. Head groundsman Clive Pring says he is being harassed by a young fox that is breaking […]

CMAE Launch Young Managers Group

CMAE Launch Young Managers Group: The Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE) have launched a new networking group, the CMAE Young Managers Group, which was launched at an inaugural event on 30th May. The CMAE Young Managers Group is targeted at CMAE members who are aged 35 or under and who will be invited to attend […]

Pompey Pitch Renovation

Pompey Pitch Renovation: Fratton Park’s pitch has undergone a summer renovation ahead of the forthcoming campaign. The Blues have spent a five-figure sum on the playing surface in order to maintain its quality. According to chief executive Mark Catlin, the close-season process involves removing the pitch’s top and reseeding, thereby ridding the threat of weeds. It represents […]

Gleneagles’s New Golf Courses Manager

Gleneagles’s New Golf Courses Manager: Gleneagles, the iconic Scottish hotel and sporting estate, has announced the appointment of Craig Haldane as its new Golf Courses Manager. South African Craig, a well-known figure in the global golf industry, joins Gleneagles from Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, where he held the position of Director – Golf Course Maintenance, and had led […]

Vandals Wreck Sports Ground

Vandals Wreck Sports Ground: HB Regional Sports Park management and users are understandably unhappy that over the weekend hoons in vehicles have ripped up one of the grassed playing fields. For what was probably a few minutes of “fun”, these vandals have destroyed weeks of work that went into preparing the field, ruined a season […]

Work Of A Non-League Groundsman

Work Of A Non-League Groundsman: In the no-frills, grass roots world of non-league football, it’s possible the most important man on the pitch is the groundsman. Sitting on a plastic chair, in muddy boots and paint stained jacket, David Page is every bit the non-league groundsman I was hoping to meet. “The day begins with […]

Pitch Work At Pirelli Stadium

Pitch Work At Pirelli Stadium: Work has been completed on a new drainage system at the Pirelli Stadium as the pitch is prepared for the 2018-19 season. Burton Albion groundsman Simon Marshall says the groundstaff are “always keen to improve the surface”, and extra work has been undertaken this summer to get the pitch in the best […]

Vandals Tear Up Football Pitch

Vandals Tear Up Football Pitch: The Gibbons soccer field recently suffered from vandalism. Sometime between Sunday (Jun.11) and Monday, the soccer pitch was driven on while wet, causing significant damage to the grass. “I feel for the kids who use that field because the local groups they’re really all we have for our entertainment,” said Gibbons […]

Emergency Authorisation For Acelepryn

Emergency Authorisation For Acelepryn: An Emergency Authorisation has been granted for the use of the Syngenta insecticide, Acelepryn, for the control of Chafer grubs and leatherjacket on golf course greens and tees, horse racing courses and airfields. The approval was applied for by STRI, on behalf of and with support from the amenity industry. Chafer Grubs […]

Club Devastated After Mower Theft

Club ‘Devastated’ After Mower Theft: Nantwich Town FC have spoken of their devastation following the theft of thousands of pounds worth of groundsman’s equipment. In a statement released by the club this afternoon (Wednesday) a spokesman said they were “sad to report” that the club was broken into overnight, with thousands of pounds worth of […]

Vandals Cause Golf Club Closure

Vandals Cause Golf Club Closure: A popular golf course heavily damaged by vandals in Skagit County is now temporarily closed while crews replace more than a dozen greens. Roll by roll. Green by green. A transformation is underway at Swinomish Golf Links. As soon as a row of new sod is put down, crews pull it into place. […]

Accies Splash £750k On New Pitch

Accies Splash £750k On New Pitch: Hamilton have splashed out £750,000 to ensure their plastic pitch does not come out bottom of the pile again in the new season. The news comes 24 hours after the artificial turf at New Douglas Park was rated the worst surface among Scotland’s 42 senior clubs following a survey […]

Brechin Pitch Vandalism Anger

Brechin Pitch Vandalism Anger: Vandals have targeted an all-weather football pitch in Brechin, ruining the good work of local volunteers. The fence around the the synthetic pitch and enclosure at the town’s Inch Park was cut open and a set of goalposts were torn down. The attack comes after the Inch Maintenance and Preservation Society (Imps) took over […]

Scamblers Appointed New Polaris Dealers

Scamblers Appointed New Polaris Dealers: AJ & R Scambler & Sons Ltd, better known as Scamblers, have been newly appointed as authorised Polaris dealers. Established in 1974 and based in spacious rural premises in the village of Bourn, between Cambridge and St Neots, Scamblers are now regarded as a market leader in turfcare and grounds […]

PFA Chief Urges 3G Change

PFA Chief Urges 3G Change: Hamilton and Kilmarnock’s astroturf surfaces have been branded two of the three worst pitches in Scotland. PFA Scotland chief Fraser Wishart says it is time clubs started listening to top-flight players when they say they hate playing on plastic pitches. Hamilton and Kilmarnock’s astroturf surfaces have been branded two of the […]

Fact, Fiction & Weed Management

Fact, Fiction & Weed Management: We live in a world of instant communication and 24 hour news. The impact of social media means any story can be transmitted instantly through just one press of a button. It is exciting and fantastic technology. Yet it presents dangers. It has created the phenomenon of fake news enabling one […]

Vandals Damage 16 Golf Greens

Vandals Damage 16 Golf Greens: Within the next few days, test results should reveal the chemical that vandals used to damage 16 greens at a popular golf course in Skagit County. A swear word was also spelled out in the grass on one of the holes at Swinomish Golf Links. Employees believe the vandal or vandals […]

World Cup Turf Made In Britain

World Cup Turf Made In Britain: This summer’s World Cup final will be on plastic grass for the first time in history – and England are guaranteed to play a part. It’s all because the surface at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, where the match is to be staged on July 15, is one of […]

Football Club Bemoans Vandalism

Football Club Bemoans Vandalism: Damage to football pitches at Awamoa Park in Oamaru is something the young players who use the fields should not have to contend with, Awamoa Football Club president Twyla Kingan says. Speaking to the Otago Daily Times yesterday she confirmed at least one vehicle entered the park on Friday night, at the […]

Greenock’s £8k Pitch Revamp

Greenock’s £8k Pitch Revamp: Life’s a beach for Morton’s groundsman after 60 tonnes of sand was spread onto the Cappielow pitch as part of an £8,000 renovation project. The hallowed turf is undergoing an annual overhaul to ensure the playing surface is in pristine condition come the start of the new season. Award-winning groundsman Mark Farrell, 42, is […]

Work Underway At Ewood Park

Work Underway At Ewood Park: Work is underway on the pitch at Ewood Park as Rovers prepare for life back in the Championship. Head groundsman Trevor Wilkin admits preparations for the 2018/19 campaign are well underway and will step up over the next few weeks. The Ewood groundstaff were highly commended by the EFL for […]

Contractor Fined After Wall Collapse

Contractor Fined After Wall Collapse: A landscape contractor has been fined £20,000 plus costs after a worker was seriously injured injured when a retaining wall collapsed and trapped him underneath. The accident happened when a landscaper working for a company called Award Winning Greenfingers Limited of Saltwell View, Gateshead was undertaking groundworks to install a […]

Wolves Install New Pitches

Wolves Install New Pitches: Two brand new state-of-the-art football pitches are being laid at Wolverhampton Wanderers’ training ground to help Nuno Espirito Santo improve his players’ passing game. The head coach wants his side to train on the same surface that was laid at Molineux last year as he continues to stamp his tactical approach on […]

Rugby Players Suffer 3G Burns

Rugby Players Suffer 3G Burns: The Scarlets have seen their training plans hindered ahead of Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 final against Leinster as a number of their players are nursing nasty burns and blisters after the semi-final victory over Glasgow on Scotstoun’s artificial surface. Head coach Wayne Pivac has revealed he had to cancel training yesterday and […]

Gardener Charged For Using Mobile

Gardener Charged For Using Mobile: A gardener is thought to have become the first person in Britain to be charged with using a mobile while operating a lawn-mower after being stopped outside a police station. The 47-year-old council gardener faces a fine of £200 and six penalty points if he is found guilty of using his phone at the […]

Win Dedicated To Ex-Groundsman

Win Dedicated To Ex-Groundsman: Shanklin Reserves have dedicated their Combination 1 League Cup final victory to groundsman Joe Geddes who died of cancer recently. The side beat Binstead & COB Reserves 4-1 at Brading Football Club’s Vicarage Lane ground on Saturday. Shanklin’s goals came from Ryan Gregory and Pete Wilson headers, a superb Ji Nash […]

Enduring Pays Off

Enduring Pays Off: A mostly sunny weekend at Champs Park, Kettering on the 12th/13th May saw the start of the Polaris British Enduro Championship, following delays after the bad weather. The track preparation went well and the venue did benefit from a good downpour after the completion of the Youth racing on the Saturday. Specifically […]

Vandals Target Sports Fields

Vandals Target Sports Fields: Norbridge Park has been targeted once more after two of its fields in North Rockhampton were ripped up overnight. Devoted groundsman Cec Newman said it was the seventh time in nine months the soccer fields had been damaged. Tyre tracks were discovered this morning by Mr Newman after being notified by The Morning […]

Groundsman Wins Award Hat-Trick

Groundsman Wins Award Hat-Trick: Kidderminster Cricket Club’s top groundsman has been presented with his hat-trick trophy for producing the best ground in the Birmingham and District Premier League for the third year in a row. Making the presentation to Chris Longmore in front of captain Neil Pinner and the rest of the team, Birmingham and […]

Yobs Trash Cricket Wickets

Yobs Trash Cricket Wickets: Yobs smashed a pick axe into two wickets at a cricket club just weeks into the new season. Shocking images show dozens and dozens of divots were taken out of the surfaces. Club officials at Ashton Ladysmith Cricket Club in Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside , said they were baffled over the motive behind the vandal […]

Climate Change In Cricket

Climate Change In Cricket: Cricket has always been a sport at the mercy of the weather. In the 1930s, county cricket clubs in England were headed for financial ruin after a succession of wet summers. Twenty years later, persistent rain saw desperate clubs experiment with blankets, rubber mats and suction machines. As recently as the […]

Dorchester’s 3G Pitch Underway

Dorchester’s 3G Pitch Underway: Matt Lucas, chairman of Dorchester Town believes the installation of the Magpies’ new 3G artificial pitch is a “massive step” for the Avenue Stadium club. Preparation work yesterday began on the surface, with the grass being sprayed ready for removal on Tuesday, May 8. That came after Dorchester Town Reserves lost 3-1 to Poole […]

Watford Pitch Wins Award

Watford Pitch Wins Award: The Premier League Grounds Team of the Season award for the 2017/18 campaign has gone to Watford. The club’s head groundsman, Scott Tingley, and his team won the award for the pitch at Vicarage Road after assessment from the Premier League’s Playing Surfaces Committee and the independent assessor Dr Stephen Baker from […]

EFL Award Winners Announced

EFL Award Winners Announced: The EFL has confirmed the winners of the Grounds Team of the Season award for 2017/18 in each of the three divisions. The awards recognise the importance of the quality of pitches for professional football and acknowledge the clubs and their ground staff who consistently produce the best playing surfaces in the […]

Groundsman Nets County Award

Groundsman Nets County Award: A football groundsman involved in the sport for over 60 years has won a county award. Gerry Williams, head groundsman at Collingham’s Station Road base, received several nominations for Nottinghamshire FA Groundsman Of The Year. He has now been put forward for the national title. “Reading comments about how people appreciate […]