Kubota set to support #GroundsWeek

Kubota set to support #GroundsWeek: Kubota (U.K.) Ltd is proud to officially support the Grounds Management Association’s #GroundsWeek, an inaugural celebration week for the turf care sector.

Managed by the Grounds Management Association (GMA), the leading not-for-profit membership body for grounds professionals and volunteers, the turf care campaign will take place 1-7 March 2021 and will celebrate and highlight the vital role that professional grounds staff, volunteers, and the turf sector play in making sport possible.

Kubota set to support #GroundsWeek

Kubota set to support #GroundsWeek

Following a difficult year for the sector due to the impact of Covid-19, #GroundsWeek aims to showcase grounds staff and the amazing work that they do – and have continued to do – despite sport coming to a grinding halt. It also comes after a year where parks and green spaces have been hugely valuable to the public’s health, with increased use for ‘daily exercise’ and physical activity.

To celebrate the week, Kubota (UK) Ltd will be highlighting the essential role of the groundsman via its social media channels.

Kubota (UK) Ltd General Manager Henry Bredin commented: “At Kubota, we’re immensely proud of the fantastic relationship we share with professional groundsmen, who work so hard all year round to maintain and enhance sports and leisure facilities for everyone to enjoy. During #GroundsWeek we look forward to highlighting the incredible job that they do and how they use our equipment to achieve the best results.”

Geoff Webb, CEO of the GMA, said:

“After a tough year, GroundsWeek is a fantastic opportunity for every part of the sector to come together and celebrate all the hard work that’s gone on throughout the year. We want to inspire sports fans and the general public to realise the vital role we play and get even more people to enter the profession and lend a helping hand at pitches across the country.

“We’re grateful to those officially supporting #GroundsWeek, with businesses and partners helping us champion grounds staff and the amazing work they do.

More information on #GroundsWeek can be found here.

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Vandals damage green at Whinhill

Vandals damage green at Whinhill: Inverclyde Leisure bosses are feeling teed off after mindless vandals went on the rampage at Whinhill Golf Course.

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Vandals damage green at Whinhill

Vandals damage green at Whinhill

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John Deere supports #GroundsWeek

John Deere supports #GroundsWeek: John Deere is officially supporting the Grounds Management Association’s #GroundsWeek 2021 event, an inaugural celebration week for the turf care sector.

Managed by the Grounds Management Association (GMA), the leading not-for-profit membership body for grounds professionals and volunteers, this new turf care campaign will take place from March 1-7. It is designed to celebrate and highlight the vital role that professional grounds staff, volunteers and the turf sector generally play in making sport possible.

John Deere supports #GroundsWeek

John Deere supports #GroundsWeek

Following a difficult year for the sector due to the impact of Covid-19, #GroundsWeek aims to showcase grounds staff and the amazing work that they do – and have continued to do – despite sport coming to a grinding halt. It also comes after a year where parks and green spaces have been hugely valuable to the public’s health, with increased use for ‘daily exercise’ and physical activity.

To coincide with the week’s celebrations, John Deere Limited will be hosting its first ever Turf Technology online event at 2:30pm on Wednesday 3 March, live from its Langar, Nottingham headquarters. This will highlight the latest technology advances being used on John Deere turf equipment, including GPS guidance, AutoTrac automatic steering, sprayer Section Control and integrated tools to manage traceability data – watch a short video clip here. To participate in this free event, register here.

John Deere turf division manager and GMA member Chris Meacock said: “The Turf Technology event will feature Robert Patterson, course manager at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, and Mike Ramsay of MC Country Services Ltd as they share their experience of how our GPS technology in particular has helped their respective golf and groundscare businesses. The event will be around 50 minutes in length, streamed live over a webinar tool with the ability to ask questions directly to the speakers during the event.”

Geoff Webb, CEO of the GMA, said: “After a tough year, #GroundsWeek is a fantastic opportunity for every part of the sector to come together and celebrate all the hard work that’s gone on throughout the year. We want to inspire sports fans and the general public to realise the vital role we play and get even more people to enter the profession and lend a helping hand at pitches across the country.

“We’re grateful to those officially supporting #GroundsWeek, with businesses and partners helping us champion grounds staff and the amazing work they do.”

More information on #GroundsWeek can be found here. John Deere will also be promoting the GMA event on its UK and Irish social media channels, specifically at https://www.facebook.com/JohnDeereUKIE and https://www.facebook.com/groups/keepitgreenjohndeere

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SAGE gaining momentum

SAGE gaining momentum: With the government’s announcement on 22nd February outlining the road map for this summer, SAGE has gained huge momentum. The planning over the last 6 months can now move further into refining the “added value” and the team are keen to get the word out – Join us 27 – 29 July 2021, for the all new OUTDOOR Sports and Grounds Expo (SAGE).

Set in the stunning surrounds of the Three Counties Showground at the foot of the Malvern Hills, the show has a clear focus on hands-on demonstrations and experiences, offering visitors the chance to see and test out the latest products and ideas within the industry. Come and see leading exhibitors showcase their products in action – without limitations on space.

SAGE gaining momentum

SAGE gaining momentum

Bringing together grounds personnel from a broad range of sectors and provide an engaging and well-resourced environment. Many companies are looking to improve efficiency and cost effectiveness and this is a key area, which SAGE is focusing on; exploring and showcasing the products that allow this to actually happen across the industry.

Our motivation is to give visitors a hands-on experience as much as possible, without compromising on safety, whilst it has always been the case, the pandemic has created extra pressure for many companies that are looking to streamline operations and ensure cost efficiency.” Says Event Manager Vicky Panniers

“With our industry adapting at pace, SAGE provides the perfect environment for everyone to be able to experience the latest innovations on the market,” She continues.

The safety of visitors and exhibitors is a priority, the latest health & safety advice will be implemented, security measures including social distancing have already been put into action, hand sanitiser will be readily available and free pre-registered bookings for all visitors to reduce queues are heavily encouraged.

Visitors will be impressed by the abundance of space and the diversity of products on show, whilst exhibitors will be astounded at the value for money on offer!

There are exciting plans in progress – watch this space! Keep up to date with all the SAGE news on Twitter & Facebook.

The Sports & Grounds Expo will be the highlight of the industry calendar this summer, offering a safe and proactive environment for those operating across all sectors of the sports and grounds maintenance industry. SAGE is a free event open to all, who are interested in the sports and grounds industry.

Visitor registration is now open – Go to www.sportsandgrounds.co.uk to register and to be kept up to date with what’s to come this July 2021!

For more information, contact the team today by email: team@sportsandgrounds.co.uk, by phone: +44 (0)1684 580101 or visit the website: www.sportsandgrounds.co.uk

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FairWays Foundation second grant cycle

FairWays Foundation second grant cycle: With one successful grant cycle under their belt, The Fairways Foundation will begin accepting their second round of applications for grants on March 1, 2021. Their submission window will remain open until April 30, 2021 and final grant recipients will be notified in October 2021.

Last year The FairWays Foundation awarded over $106,000 / £80,000 worth of funds to a varied cross-section of environmental projects in both the USA and UK. Successful grant projects ranged from stream and grassland restorations to environmental conservation education for children. To view more information about all of the projects that have been supported by The Fairways Foundation, click here.

FairWays Foundation second grant cycle

FairWays Foundation second grant cycle

The conservation-focused non-profit encourages all businesses or individuals to apply who are looking for funding assistance for projects pertaining to our environment and natural resources. Find out how to apply here.

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New 80V range from Cobra

New 80V range from Cobra: The new 80V cordless range of lawnmowers from Cobra packs double the punch, with twin 40V Lithium-ion batteries delivering 80 volts of pure cutting power.    

The brand has the UK’s largest range of powered lawnmowers and is constantly expanding its range and developing its products to further its position as the expert in the lawncare market. The 80V range is the latest extension of this, with its three models being packed with innovative features and technology.

New 80V range from Cobra

New 80V range from Cobra

 

The three mowers in the range offer 17”, 20” and 21” cutting widths, generous run times and even rear rollers on the 17 and 20” models for a traditional, striped finish. Each machine is powered by two Samsung 5Ah 40V Lithium-ion batteries that drive the 80V brushless motors. The Cobra 40V Lithium-ion technology means the mowers are always ready to use, will hold charge capacity and have no memory effect.

The RM43SP80V is the most compact of the three, with a 17” cutting width, and it is a great all-rounder, with a minute run time. It is self-propelled, so it’s ideal for sloping gardens and has seven different cutting heights ranging from 17mm for a super low finish, up to 75mm for tackling longer grass. The mower also benefits from a 50 litre grass bag  to hold more cutting for a longer time between bag emptying. Its rear roller means that a professional, striped finish can be created too.

The RM51SP80V keeps all of the impressive features of the RM43SP80V, including the rear roller, but increases the width to 20” and the grass bag to 70 litres. With the ability to run for up to 45 minutes between charges, the mower can complete medium to large sized lawns in one run.

The final, and largest, mower in the range is the MX51S80V. Again, the mower features a self-propelled drive system to allow for ease of use, and has a 20” cutting width and a running time of 55 minutes. This model benefits from a mulching function, allowing the grass to be recycled by finely cutting and re-cutting the clippings. As the clippings decompose, nutrients and fertilisers are returned to the soil meaning grass can be cut and fertilised at the same time – creating a healthy, green lawn.

Peter Chaloner, managing director of Cobra, said: “The 80V range sets a new standard for battery powered garden machinery, providing more power and convenience than ever before. Cobra prides itself on being at the forefront of innovation to help people maintain their gardens with the minimum of effort, and this range is the epitome of that.”

Each of the models comes complete with two 40V 5Ah Lithium-ion batteries and two Fast Chargers. The 40v batteries are compatible with Cobra grass trimmers, chainsaws, hedge cutters and garden vacs.

Cobra products are available to buy online at www.cobragarden.co.uk or via a network of expert dealers across the UK.

RRP:

RM43SP80V £569.99

RM51SP80V £669.99

MX51S80V £559.99

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KAR’s successful launch for Hunter TTS rotors

KAR’s successful launch for Hunter TTS rotors: Last year, KAR UK launched the new Hunter TTS-800 rotors and, in that time, they have become one of the most sought-after irrigation products in sportsturf. Sales Manager Mike McDonnell reveals the reasons why.

“Greenkeepers, Course Managers, Grounds persons, Stadium Mangers and Sports Turf Managers in general have a very difficult job when it comes to irrigation management,” said Mike. “Playability can directly impact revenue and so effective irrigation is critical at all times.

KAR's successful launch for Hunter TTS rotors

KAR’s successful launch for Hunter TTS rotors

Harsh environments and dirty water can make matters even more complicated but with heavy duty, highly efficient easy to service TTS rotors – Turf Managers can push past such obstacles to ensure beautiful, playable pitches and courses for years to come.

“We have been delighted to see such interest in the TTS-800 series in the past year.”

As Mike says, the TTS-800 series are now relied upon at some of the most prestigious sporting venues in the UK and beyond. They integrate advanced technology with unrivalled power, reliability, and performance to simplify irrigation management and cultivate impeccable playing surfaces in every application.

TTS-800 rotors combine the field-proven benefits of Hunters’ robust, highly efficient G-80 and G-85 gear drives with an all-new Total-Top-Service body, inlet valve, and control mechanism to ensure unmatched ease of installation and serviceability.

“These really are the most reliable and powerful rotors in the industry,” continued Mike. “Our customers have been quick to praise Hunter’s patented TTS (Total-Top-Service) technology which allows for every serviceable element of the rotor to be accessed through the top.

KAR's successful launch for Hunter TTS rotors

KAR’s successful launch for Hunter TTS rotors

Mechanical and electrical, big and small, operators can get to every component without disturbing the playing surface.

“This means there’s no more digging, no more unsightly scars, and perhaps more importantly, it is one less item on a busy turf manager’s schedule.”

Other benefits of the TTS series include:

  • Exclusive pressure port nozzle technology which maximizes distribution uniformity for healthy, playable turf in any setting.
  • The high-torque gear drive is the strongest in the industry to mitigate the challenges of reclaimed water and debris infiltration.
  • The TTS-800 Series are available in four models to ensure optimised performance in a range of applications.
  • A threaded inlet which sets the industry standard with heavy duty impact-resistant construction.
  • Three ports of entry are available – to allow for fast, organised, and easy wire management during installation.
  • The regulator is adjustable when installed or removed, allowing for easy fine-tuning of settings for optimal performance.
  • The on-off/auto-selector is colour coded with a visual indicator which makes it easy to identify when the rotor is in the manual off position.
  • A stage two filter protection helps prevent rotor weeping.
  • The powerful patented planetary gear drive powers through even the harshest conditions.
  • A range of nozzle packages are available with flows from 33.71 litres per minute at a radius of 11.3m to 225.6 litres per minute at a radius of 29.5m
  • Speciality low angle nozzles are also available to accommodate high-wind environments and other specific needs.

“A lot of research has been carried out over the years and it is not a surprise to see that Hunter systems offer 17% savings in water usage over the competition on average,” said Mike. “At KAR we are proud to distribute and work with such a leading brand.

“In particular, the TTS-800 rotors are built to maximise convenience and minimise waste. We are hoping for another successful year with these popular and powerful rotors.”

For more information, please visit www.karuk.com

You can also follow KAR UK on Twitter @KARUK_LTD for much more news, reviews and insightful views

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Club Car appoints Campey Turf Care

Club Car appoints Campey Turf Care: Club Car, the world’s largest manufacturer of small-wheel electric vehicles, has appointed Campey Turf Care Systems as a UK dealer for its commercial range.

A family-run business, Campey Turf Care Systems was founded in 1986 initially to offer sports turf maintenance work in the UK’s north-west region, but has grown to become one of country’s leading independent distributors with machinery available throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA.

Club Car appoints Campey Turf Care

Club Car appoints Campey Turf Care

Its machines and equipment are used by some of the biggest sporting organisations in the world, including Real Madrid Football Club, the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wembley Stadium and prestigious golf courses such as The Wisley in Surrey.

Andy Bourke, Club Car’s Regional Manager UK&I & Nordics, said: “Campey Turf Care Systems is a company which is synonymous with quality and trusted by some of the highest-profile sporting organisations in the world.

“It has built an excellent reputation not only for supplying innovative and reliable turf care products but also having strong customer relationships and superb aftersales service.

“We see this as an exciting partnership that will allow us to continue to deliver value to our customers and accelerate growth in the UK. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Campey Turf Care Systems.”

Lee Morgado, Director of Campey Turf Care Systems, said: “Club Car brings a natural synergy with our existing product lines and we look forward to working closely with them to develop the current customer base and grow the UK market.

“Campey distributes a wide range of machinery and related products to the turf industry, all reflecting the highest standards, quality of build and performance demanded by turf professionals across the spectrum of grass sports.”

Club Car’s commercial range includes its famous Carryall series of versatile utility vehicles widely used at golf venues all over the world. It also includes the Villager model, designed to transport groups of people and used in some of the world’s biggest resorts, airports and theme parks.

For more information on Club Car visit: www.clubcar.com

For more information on Campey Turf Care Systems visit: www.campeyturfcare.com

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Tributes paid to Donald Holt

Tributes paid to Donald Holt: Hyndburn’s cricketing community has paid tribute to a former club chairman and groundsman following his death, aged 82.

Read the full article from In Your Area here

Tributes paid to Donald Holt

Tributes paid to Donald Holt

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Jack Baxter gains FACTS qualification

Jack Baxter gains FACTS qualification: Somerset-based fertiliser company GreenBest have long been renowned not just for their technical expertise, but also the care and consideration they invest in upskilling their staff. All of the Sales and Product Managers at GreenBest come from a scientific background, and now another member of the team, Jack Baxter, has joined the ranks of FACTS Qualified Advisors at GreenBest.

Jack has been working at GreenBest (which also owns the Velvit and SmartLawn brands) for three years, having worked in various labs following his Biological Sciences degree. Working predominantly with the domestic and European markets, Jack has helped a variety of businesses find the perfect fertiliser for their needs, and in turn has seen many customers’ businesses grow in size under his care.

Jack Baxter gains FACTS qualification

Jack Baxter gains FACTS qualification

James Whittick, Sales & Marketing Director at GreenBest explained “At GreenBest we have always prided ourselves on the technical knowledge of our staff – our business is built on being able to match the needs of our customers to the right fertiliser. We believe that having the right staff and giving them the training they need to progress is what makes us so special.”

Jack Baxter added “One of the standout benefits of working at GreenBest is the investment they make in your training. I enjoy a good rapport with my customers, and like to think they trust me anyway, but having gone through the rigorous training provided by the STRI this FACTS qualification will add greater weight to my recommendations.”

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