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TYM Tractors Debut At The Game Fair 2017

TYM Tractors Debut At The Game Fair 2017 – Reesink Turfcare is bringing TYM tractors to the 59th Game Fair in Hertfordshire on 28 to 30 July 2017 for the first time.

Tym Tractors Debut At The Game Fair 2017

The event, which is billed as the nation’s largest celebration of the Great British countryside, draws a large crowd of people from the woodland and forestry, estate management and gardens sectors. It is this that makes TYM’s presence at the fair “an excellent fit” according to TYM sales manager Steven Haynes.

“TYM is a brand well recognised as a good addition to the maintenance equipment used on farms, National Trust land, large gardens and estates and schools, colleges and universities,” Steven says. “The range we’re bringing to the fair is popular with our customers in these sectors and we think will be well received thanks to their lightweight but powerful capabilities, ease of use and economy.”

Reesink Turfcare, the UK distributor of TYM, is bringing five tractor models to The Game Fair. While the full TYM range extends from 25 to 105hp models, the five on display will be the TS25, T293, TE40, T353 and T433, which forms the sub 50hp range, all suited for rural countryside applications.

Apart from the TE40 and TS25, both of which have a three-cylinder water-cooled engine, all the tractors coming to the show benefit from a powerful four-cylinder, liquid-cooled diesel engine. All feature hydrostatic power-steering for effortless manoeuvrability, a tight turning circle and a four-wheel-drive front axle for greater traction where needed.

The tractors can be upgraded with optional heated and air-conditioned cabs for maximum operator comfort. Tractors without a cab feature rollover protection structures (ROPS) and can be folded down for compact and convenient storage under a low roof. They can also be fitted with an array of attachments such as backhoes and front loaders, a selection of which will be demonstrated at the fair.

Steven concludes by saying: “Not that it’s needed when the tractors’ unbelievable value is clear for all to see, but there may well be some exclusive promotions for visitors to the fair. We look forward to welcoming visitors on stand to showcase the range and let them know what’s on offer.”

Versatile GreenMech EcoCombi 150 Helps Wildlife Trust

Versatile GreenMech EcoCombi 150 helps Wildlife Trust make light work of chipping and shredding – The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) is one of 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK.  To help power a biomass boiler which heats the visitor centre, the Trust invested in an EcoCombi 150 chipper/shredder from GreenMech.  

Versatile GreenMech EcoCombi 150 Helps Wildlife Trust

Formed in 2002, and the fourth largest in area, WTSWW looks after just under 100 nature reserves in Carmarthenshire, Glamorgan, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.  Wildlife Trust Officer for Pembrokeshire Nathan Walton is responsible for 14 nature reserves within the county including Teifi Marshes which is also home to the main visitor facility, The Welsh Wildlife Centre.

Helping Nathan is a team of up to 30 volunteers, whose main remit is to support WTSWW in managing the various habitats on its reserves which include grasslands, wetlands and woodlands. “We carry out a lot of woodland management throughout the year but also deal with a variety of other materials. When the biomass boiler was originally installed the plan was the power it with common reed so when it came to looking for a chipper, we knew we needed something multi-functional” explains Nathan. “Whilst undertaking some research, we were recommended the EcoCombi 150 from GreenMech. Julian Cullis came to demo for us and it dealt with a variety of materials fantastically.”

The EcoCombi 150 combines the versatility of both a chipper and a shredder, designed with power, strength and versatility in mind. It has the capacity to deal with 150mm of clean timber and a shredding section for up to 50mm of organic material contaminated with soil, stones and green wet waste.

Nathan again, “It had no problem chipping the reed and, even though we now power the boiler with wood alone, having the shredder as another way of reducing the waste is really useful. We use the shredder now to predominately deal with brash.  The chip produced is mostly re-used in and around the habitats from which the wood originated, though some is used for ground maintenance at the visitor centre. The wood for the Biomass boiler is stored until it is seasoned and is then chipped straight into the boiler’s hopper. It’s been a great workhorse for us and it’s kit like this, along with our fantastic support team, that has put us and our facilities in such a great place.”

It was thanks to the Sustainable Development Fund, provided by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park that they managed to receive the funds to purchase the EcoCombi 150, which is now supported by local GreenMech dealer Powercut.

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.

New low drift nozzles for ProShield

As part of the new product authorisation, which has been officially registered by the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD), ProShield will now come with two low drift sprayer nozzles as well as a stewardship checklist attached.

The newly authorised bottles are registered through to 2020 and any individuals who possess old label stock will have until 31st March 2018 to use them up.

Many turf and landscape professionals have been benefitting from ProShield for a number of years now. Rainfast in one hour and providing rapid knockdown, one application is all that is needed. It is renowned for killing a range of problematic weeds and its barrier action prevents germination for up to six months while protecting against re-growth on gravel and soft surfaces.

Although a huge success to date, Mark Pyrah – Landscape and Industrial Business Development Manager for ICL Turf & Landscape in UK and Ireland, believes that the new nozzles will have an even greater impact.

“With these new low drift sprayer nozzles, the operator will notice an immediate improvement,” he says. “The product will only affect the targeted area with minimized chemical drift. Not only will it make the task more effective but you are essentially getting more out of the product because there will be significantly less wastage.

“In such uncertain times in which a number of products are being removed from the market, it is vital that updates such as these are made to the packaging. At ICL we champion best practice and are always looking to make improvements that are in line with current legislation, to enhance an individual’s operations.”

Professor John Moverley OBE, chairman of the Amenity Forum, also voiced his support.

“As an independent organisation, the Amenity Forum fully supports product stewardship and the importance of choosing the correct nozzle so that the product is applied exactly where needed for effective and economic impact,” he said.

ProShield has an ultra-low dose rate of 4.5 litres/ha and its water-based, non-solvent formulation is classed as non-hazard and non-irritant to the operator. It can be applied with a knapsack sprayer and the new universal nozzles can be attached to existing equipment.

Please contact ICL on 01473 237100 or visit www.icl-sf.co.uk or www.icl-sf.ie if you are in Ireland.

Ransomes Helps Burgled Cowbridge Cricket Club

Ransomes Helps Burgled Cowbridge Cricket Club – Ransomes, a Textron Specialized Vehicles brand, has donated a Ransomes Super Bowl pedestrian cylinder mower to Cowbridge Cricket Club located in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, after the club became a victim of a burglary. 

Ransomes Helps Burgled Cowbridge Cricket Club

The club is a not-for-profit members’ club with a remit to provide sporting opportunities for the community of Cowbridge and the wider Vale of Glamorgan. Affiliated to CricketWales, the club has produced numerous Wales Juniors players, and currently has two female members in the Wales representative squad.

Having used Ransomes equipment since opening in 1895, Chairman of Cowbridge Cricket Club Hugh Williams wrote to Senior Director of Ransomes Alan Prickett, to describe the club’s predicament and financial impact upon the organisation.

“Our loss of the Super Bowl was a major blow,” Williams said. “We are a not for profit club, and our members work hard to ensure that we are fully financially self-sufficient. The burglary put us in a difficult position as the excess and depreciation of the mower meant that we could not replace the mower like-for-like through our insurance policy.

“The donation made by Ransomes has been an incredibly kind gesture, and it has meant that we have not had to divert funds away from coaching programmes to fund a replacement mower. We have always used Ransomes equipment at Cowbridge, and we are proud of our playing surfaces and the number of high calibre players that have been produced at this club. I can’t thank Ransomes enough for the support they have given us during this particularly difficult time.”

“When I received the letter from Hugh at Cowbridge Cricket Club, I was deeply concerned by the potentially detrimental effect that the burglary could have had on the club,” Alan Prickett commented. “I decided to support the club in the same way that it has supported Ransomes since 1895. It’s only a small gesture, but it can often make the world of difference for clubs who rely on the commitment and passion of its members to remain a stalwart of the community.”

Cowbridge Cricket Club holds a CricketWales ECB Clubmark Accreditation, affirming its operating methods and constitution are compliant with best practice. The club has three senior XI’s and more than 100 juniors playing in five age groups.

Replay Travel To Iceland To Deliver Talk On Synthetic Surfaces

Replay travel to Iceland to deliver talk on synthetic surface maintenance – A team from Replay Maintenance were recently invited to deliver a seminar, entitled ‘The Maintenance of Artificial Turf’, to a select congregation at the Kórinn Stadium in Iceland. 

Replay Travel To Iceland To Deliver Talk On Synthetic Surfaces

As the take up of Football increases in Iceland, so does the market for synthetic surfaces.  The invitation came as a direct response from the talk given by Replay Director, Garry Martin, at Saltex 2016.

The Icelandic event delivered knowledge, tips and promoted an active discussion around the topic of synthetic surface maintenance. It was held in Kópavogur, Iceland’s second largest municipality by population, part of the Capital Region and lying immediately south of Reykjavík. The name literally means seal pup bay.  Head of Sports Fields in Kópavogur, Ómar Stefánsson, attended the talk at Saltex in November and co-ordinated the event. “The 39 attendees were mostly caretakers of synthetic turf from communities and municipalities, both from the North of Iceland as well as the East Coast. One delegate doesn’t have a synthetic pitch yet but wanted to learn all about the maintenance before they install one.”

The day began with a presentation where Garry discussed maintenance principles and the key tasks which should be conducted to protect the look, playability and safety of a synthetic pitch. Questions were then taken from the floor before delegates were divided into smaller groups to encourage open discussion. Following this, active demonstrations were conducted on the synthetic surface within the venue’s football hall.  Ómar again, “The delegates were very happy and thoroughly enjoyed the presentation given. All in all it was a very successful event.”

Following the event Garry added, “It was a great privilege to be asked to speak at this event, where the topic of synthetic surface maintenance is rising in significance. I’m confident the information delivered will help with understanding the importance of maintaining artificial pitches, which can only be a good thing for sport in the country.”

The Vale Resort Tees Up A Six-Figure Golf Investment

The Vale Resort tees up a six-figure golf investment – The Vale Resort in South Wales has invested more than £400,000 in state-of-the-art John Deere golf course maintenance equipment, supplied by local turf professional dealer Frank Sutton Ltd of Raglan in Gwent.

The Vale Resort Tees Up A Six-Figure Golf Investment

The resort, home to two championship golf courses, has bought 16 new high-tech mowers and Gator utility vehicles to enhance the condition of both the Wales National and The Lake courses, and provide its 550-plus members and thousands of visitors with an even better golfing experience.

The latest purchases include four 8700A fairway mowers, four 2500B triplex greens mowers, four 220SL walk-behind greens mowers and four TS Gators. These have joined an existing John Deere fleet of four 8800 TerrainCut rotary rough mowers, four 2653B triplex utility mowers and another two 220SL greens mowers.

“The way the fairways and greens are cut has a direct effect on the playability of the course,” says the Vale Resort’s head greenkeeper John Borja. “These new John Deere machines will undoubtedly help to improve the condition of both courses and make a difference to the way the game is played on them.

“In order to keep the two courses in pristine condition, the cutting direction is alternated each day so that the ground doesn’t become stressed. This also creates a striping effect which helps players differentiate between the precisely cut tees, fairways and rough. Having the best machinery is key to making sure our team can prepare the courses to their full potential for members and guests.”

Set in 650 acres of Welsh countryside, both courses have a mixture of wooded areas, wide and narrow fairways and water features. At 7433 yards off the championship tees, the Wales National is one of the longest courses in the UK, while The Lake course is slightly shorter at 6436 yards. Both are maintained by a team of 15 year-round staff, with additional seasonal staff required in the busier playing season from March to October.

“Our aim, every day, is to ensure that our golf courses are presented to the highest standards possible and can be fully enjoyed by the players,” says John Borja. “With the excellent support and after-sales service provided by John Deere and dealer Frank Sutton, we look forward to doing so for many years to come.”

Lancaster GC Chooses Wiedenmann

Lancaster GC chooses Wiedenmann duo for rough management – One of Lancashire’s finest venues, the Lancaster Golf Club has opted for a Wiedenmann Terra Rake and a Wiedenmann Super 500.

Lancaster GC Chooses Wiedenmann

The James Braid designed course, coveted for its wide fairways and spectacular 18th hole, is about to embark on a major rough management programme.

Carl Hamlett, Course Manager, said: “We’ve many undulations and traditional ‘ridge and furrow’. We know the Super 500 follows contours easily without scalping and produces a consistent height of cut, whether scarifying or flail mowing. When we had it out for demo it just outdid everything else we’d seen”

“The Terra Rake will work in tandem. It scarifies, pulls out thatch and can help us with a long list of other tasks. We’re really happy to have them both on board.”

Supplying both machines was Darren Barker, Sales Director at Balmers GM, Burnley branch,  Wiedenmann UK’s local  dealer for the area.

Dennis And SISIS Announce Cricket Renovation Event

Dennis and SISIS announce Cricket renovation event – Dennis and SISIS have announced that they will be hosting a cricket renovation event at St Albans School, Woollam Trust Playing Fields on Tuesday 18 July 2017.

Dennis and SISIS announce Cricket renovation event

This event follows on from the hugely successful ‘For the Groundsmen by The Groundsmen’ series of seminars that started in 2011 and have brought together groundstaff representing schools, universities, clubs and 1st class and test match venues around the country with the ultimate aim of enhancing their education.

The event will be a mix of indoor presentations and outdoors practical sessions.

The day will commence with indoor presentations from Chris Wood (ECB Pitch Consultant), Alex Vickers, Keith Exton and Rob Kendle covering key topics such as ‘Principles of decision making for Autumn renovations and profile reading’, ‘profile inspections’, ‘renovations and aeration’.

Outdoor practical sessions will be across three squares with each square discussing individual topics, renovations and preparation on a budget, contractor renovations and aeration. These will be hosted by Ian Smith, Andy Clarke, Rob Kendle and Keith Exton supported by event sponsors Dennis & SISIS, Boughton Loam, cricketworld.com, Durant Cricket, Ecosol, Headland Amenity, Limagrain, Poweroll and RT Machinery.

There is no charge for attending and all delegates will receive a complimentary lunch.

To register your interest please contact Roger Moore at Dennis & SISIS on 01332 824777 or emailroger.moore@dennisuk.com.

Further information about the range of maintenance products available can be found by visitingwww.dennisuk.com / www.sisis.com.

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

EU declared Monsanto weedkiller safe after intervention from controversial US official

 The European Food Safety Authority dismissed a study linking a Monsantoweedkiller to cancer after counsel from a US Environmental Protection Agency officer allegedly linked to the company.

Jess Rowlands, the former head of the EPA’s cancer assessment review committee (CARC), who figures in more than 20 lawsuits and had previously told Monsanto he would try to block a US government inquiry into the issue, according to court documents.

The core ingredient of Monsanto’s RoundUp brand is a chemical called glyphosate, for which the European commission last week proposed a new 10-year license
Doubts about its regulatory passage have been stirred by unsealed documents in an ongoing US lawsuit against Monsanto by sufferers of non-hodgkins lymphoma, who claim they contracted the illness from exposure to RoundUp.
“If I can kill this, I should get a medal,” Rowlands allegedly told a Monsanto official, Dan Jenkins, in an email about a US government inquiry into glyphosate in April 2015.
In a separate internal email of that time, Jenkins, a regulatory affairs manager, said that Rowlands was about to retire and “could be useful as we move forward with [the] ongoing glyphosate defense”.
Documents seen by the Guardian show that Rowlands took part in a teleconference with Efsa as an observer in September 2015.
Six weeks later, Efsa adopted an argument Rowlands had used to reject a key 2001 study which found a causal link between exposure to glyphosate and increased tumour incidence in mice.
Rowlands’ intervention was revealed in a letter sent by the head of Efsa’s pesticides unit, Jose Tarazona, to Peter Clausing, an industry toxicologist turned green campaigner.
In the missive, Tarazona said that “the observer from the US-EPA [Rowlands] informed participants during the teleconference about potential flaws in the Kumar (2001) study related to viral infections.”
Efsa’s subsequent report said that the Kumar study “was reconsidered during the second experts’ teleconference as not acceptable due to viral infections”.
Greenpeace said that news of an Efsa-Rowlands connection made a public inquiry vital. “Any meddling by Monsanto in regulatory safety assessments would be wholly unacceptable,” said spokeswoman Franziska Achterberg. “We urgently need a thorough investigation into the Efsa assessment before glyphosate can be considered for re-approval in Europe.”
Socialist MEPs last week said that they too would call for an inquiry unless outstanding questions about the relicensing were cleared up.
A reply to Tarazona’s letter from Clausing, seen by the Guardian, also says: “In the light of Jess Rowland’s role in the assessment of carcinogenicity of glyphosate in the US as reflected by the internal Monsanto documents, I have serious concerns that he might have influenced the decision by providing wrong information which has not been scrutinised by Efsa and its experts.”
A Monsanto spokesman said: “Plucking a single email out of context doesn’t change the fact that the US EPA and regulators around the world, as well as a branch of the World Health Organization (WHO) that analysed pesticide residues, have concluded that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans.”
The WHO’s pesticides panel ruled last May that glyphosate was probably not carcinogenic to humans through diet, a year after the WHO’s cancer arm came to the opposite conclusion.
Efsa though remains bullish about the probity of its assessment of the most heavily used weedkiller in human history.
Tarazona declined to comment on Rowlands’ contribution to the Efsa study but said that Kumar’s paper had been compromised by the use of Swiss albino mice.
“The issue of ‘high background incidence’ is something common to all studies that use that strain of mouse,” he said. “There was [also] the fact that the effect was observed only at a very high dose level.”
Other toxicologists, such as Prof Ivan Rusyn, who contributed to a WHO assessment of glyphosate, contend that where sample sizes are limited, “the most informative animal studies are those conducted with sufficiently high doses”.
Clausing said that there was “almost no difference” between malignant lymphomas in Kumar’s control group, compared to others.
To read the original article from The Guardian, click here

SCH Ltd Has One Of Its Busiest Quarters

SCH (Supplies) Ltd has had one of its busiest quarters since it began trading more than thirty years ago.

SCH Ltd Has One Of Its Busiest Quarters

We are delighted to be taking so many orders – a sign, we feel, of the faith that our customers and dealers have in us as a company.

This has been a busy time for us also because our Managing Director, Andrew Rodwell, has suffered a little of late with a few health problems. We are glad to say he is now on the road to recovery and has certainly lost none of his enthusiasm, continuing to invent new machines and investigate various new ways of taking our products to the market.

Andrew is still very much in overall command of SCH but has handed over the day to day running of the business to Ian Holder, SCH’s General Manager, and to Jenny Wiggins, Sales Administrator.

Ian has been with SCH for 12 years. He knows the operational aspects of the factory inside out and can step in with seemingly boundless energy, and take over in all departments where needed. Ian also has in intuitive understanding of the SCH machinery. Having been closely involved in the development of some of the SCH products, he has an eye for detail and an ability to spot potential problems from a mile away!

Jenny keeps the office running like clockwork. Answering customer questions, arranging courier deliveries and trying her best to keep Andrew in order means Jenny has her work cut out. Her knowledge of the SCH products is incredible and she always goes the extra mile to ensure our customers and dealers receive the best possible service from SCH. Having worked here for 15 years, there is nothing that Jenny can’t handle and no problem to which she cannot find a solution.

So with Ian and Jenny on board and with the support of the rest of the team, Andrew is confident that SCH will continue to go from strength to strength. He can enjoy a slower pace of life, enjoy his (semi) retirement and oversee the next chapter in the SCH story.

Thanks to all our dealers and customers, many of whom have been dealing with us since we first began trading all those years ago. And here’s to the next thirty years.