Turf News

Laurence Gale Makes A Return Visit To The STRI

Research at its Best: Laurence Gale popped up to Yorkshire to make a return visit to the STRI It has been a few years since I last visited the STRI trials grounds, so it was pleasing and very rewarding to have the opportunity to attend one of the recent STRI Research open days last week and […]

Providing Consistent Conditions To The Best Show Jumping Arena In The World

Edward Bunn is Facilities Manager at Hickstead, one of the most iconic show jumping arena in the world. Still a family-run business, Ed’s been tending to the showground since 1983. Having watched it grow from strength to strength, in 2011 he managed a £650k complete reconstruction of its international arena. Ed says: “We’d admired the […]

Transforming Greenock Morton FC

Scott MacCallum catches up with Mark Farnell, Head Groundsman at Greenock Morton, a man used to making the most of what he has got. There is groundsmanship going on all around us at every time of day, or year, and at so many locations that it would render your Sat Nav hoarse should you set […]

Day Of The Tetraploid

Day Of The Tetraploid: Wonderful work is being carried out by Top Green which will take sports surfaces to another level. Scott MacCallum dug out his passport to find out more about what is going on. A message to all turf managers who find themselves battling with a poor quality sward, disease or pest infestation. There […]

A Legacy Bearing Fruit

A Legacy Bearing Fruit – Scott MacCallum catches up with Greg Bolton as he works on transforming West Ham’s new stadium back into its original athletics’ arena guise. The word heard most frequently in relation to London’s iconic Olympic stadium was “Legacy”. it was perhaps the key single element in clinching the 2012 Olympics for […]

The Challenges of the UK’s Most Iconic Stadium

Scott MacCallum meets up with Lee Evans, Head Groundsman at the Principality Stadium with the Champion’s League Final looming There can be no more iconic stadium in whole of the UK than the wonderful Principality, located slap bang in the centre of rugby mad Cardiff. As the National Stadium of Wales it plays host not […]

No Excuses Now!

Scotland’s new Performance Centre gives the country’s sporting elite (and aspiring elite) the chance to maximise their potential There may not be any conclusive evidence so far when it comes to the round ball game, but it would not be too much of a stretch to attribute some of the improvement in Scotland’s oval ball […]

Working in a Winter Wonderland

It’s a myth which needs exploding. Sports turf professionals do not hibernate in the winter. Nor do they spend their time playing darts or three card brag in the Mess Room. Sports turf professionals do an inordinate amount of work during the winter months, work which often makes the quality of the surfaces so much […]


In a Turf Matters exclusive, Leicester City FC grounds manager John Ledwidge, speaks openly about his iconic pitch designs, raising the profile of the industry and hits back against the criticism. In one of the greatest sporting stories of all time, Leicester City were crowned champions of the 2015/16 Premier League title. However it was […]


We look at the development of the all-purpose, multi-use stadium, and how they have become part of the fabric of modern day society. The vast majority of stadiums in this country were built for football clubs to enable spectators to watch the country’s most popular game. The football calendar wasn’t quite so crowded in days […]