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New Harrowden Turf initiative

New Harrowden Turf initiative: As Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are becoming more widespread and the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) have now upgraded this current outbreak to the status of pandemic, we are now having to think about how this affects all of us.

Let’s Build A Garden” is a social media and e-communications campaign initially aimed at our customers and followers but designed to encourage sharing of information and to engage with vulnerable groups, those with unexpected childminding responsibilities and those self-isolating because of covid-19.

Stuart Ridd-Jones, Managing Director:-

“Horticulture and gardening are “soul” activities and in these unprecedented times we are being encouraged to nurture mind, body and soul. “Let’s Build A Garden” will use social media platforms to provide step by step ideas, resources and “homework” to get these key groups and others starting a garden project. Each week a new step will be introduced – hopefully with ever-growing support.”

We have  also teamed up with the #keepcalmandgetreadytogarden initiated by Porters Fuchsias and #plantsmakepeoplehappy  to try to bring ideas together.

As well as utilising social media platforms “Let’s Build A Garden” will encourage people to send in plans, mood-boards, mind-maps, pictures and ideas to marketing@harrowdenturf.co.uk to be shared and used as inspiration for others.

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New appointment at Indigrow

New appointment at Indigrow: Indigrow are delighted to announce the appointments of Joe Russell as area sales manager, helping us expand and enhance our areas of operation within the UK.

For the last few years, Joe has been working in Landscaping and Lawncare, including a spell travelling and working in Sydney, Australia. He studied Sport and Outdoor Education at University and is a keen runner who regularly takes part in local 10k races. Currently training to run marathons, Joe also enjoys playing cricket and golf and for many years has helped prepare wickets at his local cricket club.

New appointment at Indigrow

New appointment at Indigrow

Joe will be responsible for the Sussex and Kent. His knowledge and expertise from the world of sports turf and agronomy are priceless to us and invaluable to our customers. If you wish to Joe, their contact details are as follows:

Joe Russell 07483 082 903 jrussell@indigrow.co.uk

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Rigby Taylor’s new Nutri-Link fertiliser

Rigby Taylor’s new Nutri-Link fertiliser: Rigby Taylor has announced the new Nutri-Link nutritional and bio-stimulant system for a wide range of turf surfaces, including sand-based constructions. Comprising six specially formulated liquid fertilisers, the Nutri-Link fertiliser is applied as a foliar spray that is taken up by both the leaf and the root.

Designed and formulated to supplement granular applications, and for use either stand-alone or in support of an in-season programme, Nutri-Link provides a host of benefits:

Rigby Taylor's new Nutri-Link fertiliser

Rigby Taylor’s new Nutri-Link fertiliser

  • Enhanced root mass and depth
  • Increased tillering and denser sward
  • Improved disease tolerance
  • Better drought resistance
  • Rapid recovery from wear and mechanical damage
  • Enhanced and extended greening
  • More rapid germination
  • Reduced salt toxicity
  • Greater tolerance to excessive temperature
  • Improved photosynthetic capability
  • Enhanced carbon sequestration.

Nutri-Link’s components provide multiple solutions to both the macro and micro problems that confront today’s grounds staff – including soil structure, microbial activity, biotic and abiotic stresses. This synergistic approach results in improved plant health and performance; the components’ individual strengths when working together provide greater benefits than if used singly.

A fully illustrated brochure is available from either your Rigby Taylor Area Technical Manager or on request via Freephone 0800 424 919.

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New COMPO EXPERT appointment

New COMPO EXPERT appointment: COMPO EXPERT GmbH, a European market leader in fertiliser production, has appointed Matthew Williams as National Account Manager for Turf to increase the company’s profile in the UK’s sports turf sector.

A BASIS-registered Turf Agronomist and a member of the European and International Turfgrass Society, Matt brings 15 years of sales and turf consultation experience at high-profile sports venues, landscape businesses and public green facilities to his new role.

New COMPO EXPERT appointment

New COMPO EXPERT appointment

He had previously worked at Spunhill Amenity where he was UK Turf Sales Manager, having moved from Barenbrug UK in 2018 where, over a 10-year period, he held the roles of UK Key Account Manager and New Product Development Manager.

Within his national role at COMPO EXPERT, Matt will be looking after the needs of the company’s current distributors and merchants throughout the UK and Ireland with raw material and branded material supply.

“I intend to increase COMPO EXPERT’s brand presence in the UK,” Matt says. “The brand is number one in Europe and with the company’s high-quality chemistry products, I believe there is plenty of room for expansion in the UK & Ireland market.”

Commenting on Matthew’s appointment, COMPO EXPERT Managing Director, Gerald Bonner says: “‘We are delighted to have recruited someone of the stature of Matt Williams. Matt has extensive experience in a wide range of turf environments and we look forward to achieving greater growth in this market. COMPO EXPERT is the European leader in Turf Agronomy applications and Matt will be leading our significant expansion plans for the UK & Ireland Turf programme.”

Matt can be contacted on: 07392 976 748 or matt.williams@compo-expert.com

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East Kilbride buzzing with new ProFlex

East Kilbride buzzing with new ProFlex: The Proflex is a popular mower for so many due to the independent floating decks. Each has shock absorbers to reduce deck bounce as the mower travels over uneven ground and the unique 4-way rotating swivel hitch allows the tractor and mower to travel across uneven terrain without affecting one another resulting in a first rate contour cut without scalping.

East Kilbride, one of Central Scotland’s most challenging and picturesque courses has just purchased a brand new Progressive Proflex 120 courtesy of Hamilton Brothers. On a course located near Glasgow which gets and average rain fall of 991mm a year and 18 hours of sunlight from May to Sept it was imperative for them to get a mower that not only gives a top quality cut and keeps up with the grass growth but delivers these results even in the wet conditions.

East Kilbride buzzing with new ProFlex

East Kilbride buzzing with new ProFlex

Scott Reid the Head Greenkeeper could not be happier with their new machine. “Once we saw this machine demo there was absolutely no way we wanted anything else. The grass drop off is second to none, literally never seen anything like it. Even in the wet it distributes the clippings perfectly. We have had mowers before that would leave an awful mess behind but the Proflex is a dream.”

A little known secret is an opening above the spindle which aids distribution of grass. Thanks to this feature that draws the air, it creates a vacuum type effect that then disperses the clippings out almost like a mist.

Another feature you will find on the ProFlex which East Kilbride were excited for it the industry exclusive Pro Lift-N-Turn™ system which allows the operator to temporarily raise the decks off the ground without stopping and with the PTO still engaged; all without fear of doing any component damage or impacting belt life. “The Lift-N-Turn is a really great feature that we were particularly excited about and none of our guys here have had any problems when it comes to operating this brilliant bit of kit. The Proflex has been a great choice for us.”

What are you waiting for? Your new contour mower is only a phone call away.

For more information on the other features the ProFlex has to offer please get in touch.

Call 01638 720123 or email sales@thegrassgroup.com

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New battery kit contributes to eco aspirations

New battery kit contributes to eco aspirations: Step by step, Inverallan Landscapes in Stirling is changing the way it does business. By integrating battery-operated equipment and reducing its carbon footprint, it hopes to offer customers a completely ‘clean’ service.

Having recently purchased a series of new zero emission grass mowers and leaf blowers, Managing Director John Maxwell is striving to make the business fossil fuel free.

New battery kit contributes to eco aspirations

New battery kit contributes to eco aspirations

“We want to be the first landscape contractors that operate battery-only, so during the past three years have been upgrading our tools and equipment to the equivalent battery models, as well as installing solar panels at our business unit.

“This year will also be investing in an electric vehicle, which will reduce our carbon footprint even further,” he said.

“Our industry is conscious of its consumption of fossil fuels, so is moving towards greener energy. But not only is the battery kit more environmentally friendly, it’s also better for operator safety, as noise is reduced and there’s no emissions.”

Among Inverallan Landscapes’ customers is a local housing association with 1000 properties, which from April, will all be serviced using the new battery tools.

Other customers include private housing estates, business parks and green spaces, all benefitting from reduced noise and air pollution, and improved service efficiency due to the reduced downtime of the equipment.

John added: “Most recently, we purchased two Pellenc Raison Easy Mowers, which we were able to trial to ensure the team was happy with performance before we committed.

“Everyone gave really positive feedback, they cut long grass with no problem and are lightweight and easy to use, which is important when you are visiting multiple sites in a day. All our new Pellenc battery tools were purchased through Agrovista Amenity in Stirling.”

The Pellenc product range includes chainsaws, pole saws, hedge cutters, grass strimmers and mowers, all powered without the need for petrol.

Amenity Specialist for Agrovista, Allan Wright, said: “It’s great to see that Inverallan Landscapes is revolutionising its approach to service provision through the introduction of battery-operated equipment.

“With Pellenc tools, there’s no compromise on performance, and users benefit from long-term cost savings, reduced noise and operator vibration.

“All Pellenc tools come with a three-year commercial warranty and batteries benefit from the new improved four-year commercial warranty. I believe the future is in the use of battery equipment and the new technological developments from Pellenc are certainly leading the way.”

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New SCH broadcast spreader

New SCH broadcast spreader: SCH’s new broadcast spreader (ref: GAM73) features a 73L hopper and is suited for fertiliser, seed and salt. As you tow the broadcaster, its wheels drive an all-metal gearbox, which in turn drives the spreading disc. The two wide-profile turf tyres give a high grip while being gentle on grass surfaces.

The spread width is 3-10 metres depending on the forward speed of your towing vehicle. An adjuster lever is within reach of the driver’s seat, which meters the correct amount of product to broadcast.

New SCH broadcast spreader

New SCH broadcast spreader

This model is ideal for broadcasting fertilisers and seed on grass surfaces and can cover up to 0.5 hectares per hour. To spread salt on car parks and paths, a Salt Conversion Kit (ref: GAMSCK) featuring a stainless steel agitator and a galvanised steel deflection guard is available.

If you intend to spread salt predominately, a galvanised version is available (ref: GAM73GALV). This broadcaster benefits from a galvanised hopper, stainless steel flow control and a fully stainless steel spreading disc for increased corrosion resistance.

Contact SCH for a brochure containing over 200 British built machines on 01473 328272, email sales@schsupplies.co.uk, or visit their website to find out more www.schsupplies.co.uk

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Campey gives new roles

Campey gives new roles: Campey Turf Care Systems has appointed Ethan Yates as product specialist for North West England and the Isle of Man and expanded the role of product demonstrator, Dave Stonier, to include Asia and the Middle East.

Ethan has worked at Campey since 2013, starting in the workshop as a New Holland apprentice while completing a three year New Holland agricultural course at Reaseheath College where he achieved triple distinction and was awarded the best academic student in his year. His experience within Campey continued when he moved into the role of product demonstrator in 2016 before taking up his new role in December 2019.

Campey gives new roles

Campey gives new roles

Campey has also expanded the role of product demonstrator, Dave Stonier. Dave has been with the company since 2015, having gained eight years of mechanical knowledge in his previous role and has worked as a product demonstrator throughout his five years at Campey. During that time, he has built his knowledge working with Lee Morgado on pitch renovations, demos and product installations in Europe and Scandinavia. Having progressed into the role, Dave has completed numerous installations and demos across Europe and has also represented Campey at trade shows in the UK, America and Eastern Europe. This hands-on experience made him the perfect candidate to continue Campey’s presence in Asia and the Middle East.

Speaking on the appointments, Campey managing director, Julia Campey said: “For the past seven years it’s been great to see Ethan progress through the company. Because he has spent time working in different areas of the business, he has a very detailed knowledge of the machines and how they work, and he is very capable of sharing that with customers. We’re all very happy to have seen him progress to this point and know he will excel in this role.

“Dave’s progression has been similar to Ethan’s in that he has been working with us for a number of years and really understands the machines and how they work. His enthusiasm for travel and knowledge makes him a great person for this job, and we’re all looking forward to seeing the progress he makes.”

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Enville’s new fleet finance deal

Enville’s new fleet finance deal: Founded in 1935 and considered one of the finest examples of heathland golf in the UK, Enville Golf Club near Stourbridge features the 18-hole Highgate and Lodge courses, with the former being used by the R&A in recent years for Regional Open Qualifying tournaments.

It has also recently been announced that Enville will host the R&A Girls’ U16 Amateur Championship for the first time, for three years from April 2021.

Enville's new fleet finance deal

Enville’s new fleet finance deal

Enville’s course manager Andy Wood, who has been at the club for nearly three years, was previously at Robin Hood, Cosby and The Belfry Golf Clubs, so he knows his local dealer Farol Ltd well and has been using John Deere course maintenance equipment for over 20 years.

His avowed ambition is to produce two of the best courses in the Midlands for Enville’s members, guests and visitors, and in so doing to try to get the club as high as possible up the list of the top 100 golf clubs in England. The club has also invited five top golf course architects to tender for a master plan to take the course to the next level over the next five to 10 years. As part of this process, Andy has overseen a policy change to reduce the club’s reliance on capital purchases of new machinery with no real structured plan in place, other than a rolling programme with kit coming off operating leases needing replacement each year.

“I just felt that this was not a very sensible approach, for budgeting purposes in particular,” says Andy. “The club could be spending £50,000 one year and £100,000 the next, and this did not suit budgeting over a longer period. We therefore agreed a new budget for the next five to 10 years, combining a shorter operating lease for new mowers with a longer finance lease arrangement for the likes of tractors, which have a longer life expectancy, so that the club’s capital spend would be significantly reduced.”

All the main manufacturers were invited to tender for the demonstration and supply of individual machines for year one, including tractors, utility vehicles, leaf collectors and aerators, followed in year two by the cutting equipment. Each range was tested to see what fitted the courses’ and Andy’s needs best, followed by an assessment of service back-up and support, including product warranties, once the decisions on the choice of kit had been made.

“John Deere and Farol, with dealer salesman Jacob Shellis leading the way, ticked all the boxes,” says Andy. “Things like cut quality should be a given at this level. More important is that should any problems or issues arise, they get dealt with straight away and we’re not left stranded with broken down machines and unnecessary downtime.

“For me, it’s always been about building a good, sound relationship and trust in the supplier, its products and the dealer, and that people deliver on their promises, especially through the tender process. Farol has always supported me very well on the service side with warranty claims, tournament support, training programmes and the like. The John Deere Financial package was very favourable too, with competitive rates.

“With this new deal we’ve managed to rationalise the fleet and every bit of kit does the job I need it to. We’ve gone down from 122 machines and auxiliary pieces of equipment when I first came to 94, and we’ve saved on a lot of labour, time and repair costs. Among other things this has enabled us to invest £40,000 in a new machinery shed and a new seed and fertiliser store, so we’ve now got enough room to keep all the main kit and supplies secure and under cover.

“Being a heathland course built on very sandy soils, we’re fortunate in that we can stay open all year round and work on the course at any time of the year,” Andy adds. “This makes life a bit easier in the winter, but it also means that we require a good irrigation system in the spring and summer months, something the club also invested in last year.

“One of the most encouraging things has been our record income in 2019 from green fees, which is a great sign that things are moving in the right direction. Enville’s always had a good reputation, but hopefully the machinery, agronomic and other changes we’ve been making to the course over the last couple of years have contributed to this increase.”

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New Terrain for UK ORV dealers

New Terrain for UK ORV dealers: BOSS ORV the distributor of Corvus, Europe’s first manufacturer of 4×4 utility vehicles, has completed the first stage of dealer development in the UK.

The landmark prompted a tour of dealers by Juan Jose Bernal-Quiros, Corvus Innova S.L. Managing Director and the Spanish company’s Export Director, Gabriel Motos. Accompanied by Phil Everett, BOSS ORV’s Managing Director, their visit began in Scotland at Kelso based Frank Gibson ATVs. Here they learned the dealer had had a gap in their product portfolio for a good quality Diesel SxS UTV. After extensive research, they chose Corvus to fill the gap due to the off-road performance, a particularly important factor in the challenging terrain of the Scottish Borders. BOSS ORV is distributing and supporting three Corvus models, the TerrainDX4 EPS, TerrainDX4 PRO EPS and TerrainDX4 CAB EPS. They feature a Euro 6 compliant 3-cylinder 993cc Yanmar Diesel engine which gives excellent fuel efficiency and range. The Terrain is homologated to T1b tractor regulation and has a top speed of 40mph/65kp/h.

New Terrain for UK ORV dealers

New Terrain for UK ORV dealers

After parting company with John Deere in an earlier re-structure, Johnston Tractors of Carlisle and Appleby were also looking for a quality UTV to add to their product line up. Howard Johnston told the Corvus visitors: “after thoroughly testing the Corvus product we decided it was the perfect vehicle to add to our range and we have not in any way been disappointed with Corvus quality and performance.”

The third dealership visited by the Corvus management was Tom Taylor ATV in York. Managing Director, Tom Taylor, says “ After seeing the Corvus Terrain DX4 on the ATV Services Scotland stand at last year’s Royal Highland Show and a good chat with Phil Everett, we decided to request a demo unit to enable us to properly evaluate the product on local land and to look at in more depth in our workshop. The whole team agreed that it was a very well- built unit using high-quality components and in particular the latest Yanmar Diesel engine. After this intensive evaluation, we had absolutely no qualms about adding the Corvus products to our product portfolio.”

Murray Boss of Ace ATV also arranged a customer visit for the Corvus directors where they learned the Terrain had been chosen due to an impressive demonstration and the fact it has the ability to take a full-sized pallet in the rear cargo box.

New Terrain for UK ORV dealers

New Terrain for UK ORV dealers

“Juan Jose and Gabriel were impressed with this first stage development of Corvus UK dealers,” says Phil Everett, “since we began in September 2019 we have achieved all our aims and we’re now actively looking to take on new dealers to expand the network, while maintaining the quality and level of our service and support of the Corvus brand in the UK.”

For more information about the Corvus Terrain range you can call 01597 810188

E-mail: sales@bossorv.co.uk  Web: www.bossorv.co.uk

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