Professional Groundscare

May 2020

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Unrivalled performance and impressive versatility PROUDLY BRITISH For more information on our full range – or a no obligation demonstration call 01332 824777 or visit www.dennisuk.com or www.sisis.com Dennis G860 Sisis Auto-Rotorake Mk5 For more information on our full range – or a no obligation demonstration call 01332 824777 or visit www.dennisuk.com or www.sisis.com For several years Toro Machinery has been helping FCC Environment's grounds maintenance department achieve excellent results for its clients, which is why it continues to invest in Toro. R i c h a r d M o s s , F C C Environment's grounds foreman, explains: "We have several clients we work with on a range of projects and across all types of FCC Environment continues to impress with Toro T h e I n s t i t u t e o f G r o u n d s m a n s h i p ( I O G ) , t h e l e a d i n g n o t - f o r - p r o f i t m e m b e r s h i p o r g a n i s a t i o n , today announces its new name and brand, the Grounds Management Association. Following unanimous backing by the Board, a member vote was called on the new name at the beginning of March. Votes have been cast by members via post over the last month, with 84% of those who voted supporting the new direction and name. Extensive research conducted by the organisation, including the 2019 report "Groundsmanship – Sport's Vital Profession", i d e n t i f i e d a n a g e i n g demographic within both the paid professional and voluntary sectors, and a lack of diversity within the existing profile. The organisation decided to modernise, to widen the appeal and status of the profession. The new, fresh identity befits the modern-day approach to the management of sports turf in the 21st Century. The new name is part of a wider re- brand, including updated branding and the new tagline – making sport possible. The icon is inspired by pitch markings and intersecting grass patterns. This creates a unified mark symbolising teamwork and partnership with the different elements working together. The rebrand provides clarity on the role of the industry and is in line with the Grounds Management Association's 'Grounds for Sport' campaign, which seeks to highlight how vital grounds management is to sport nationwide. T h e i n d e p e n d e n t r e p o r t 'Groundsmanship – Sport's Vital Profession', found that 40% of the industry's workforce is over 50. One in five grounds managers will be leaving their jobs within the next five years and only 1% of the current workforce is female. Furthermore, more than two thirds of community grounds volunteers are aged over 60 and almost all are over 50, making modernisation vital to attracting a new generation crucial for the future success of the industry. Further research which looked at how the IOG was perceived, found that one in five thought the word 'groundsmanship' was a barrier to attracting new talent. Following these findings, focus groups made up of current members, non-members, stakeholders, Board Directors and staff, led to the selection of Grounds Management Association, which has today successfully been passed by members. Grounds Management Association L a n d s c a p e & A m e n i t y www.professionalgroundscare.com May 2020 Springing into action Product News The latest news from our vibrant industry Page 12 Grass Cutting Machinery Spotlight on the wide range of machines Pages 13-17 Pages ?? ?? ?? IOG announces successful rebrand to Grounds Management Association Geoff Webb, CEO at the G r o u n d s M a n a g e m e n t Association, said: "Our Board, senior team and members all know that the future success of the industry depends on us attracting more people from all backgrounds to the profession, which is why we're so pleased to announce our new name and brand. "Under the banner of the G r o u n d s M a n a g e m e n t Association, we are ideally placed to promote the profession to the wider public, raise awareness of the vital work of grounds managers and staff and attract a new generation of grounds staff to the profession. "The support of our members has been absolutely crucial, and now means we can meet the challenges and expectations we face to elevate the standing, status and value of our sector today. We're excited to take this first step on our new journey and continue to support our members, who make sport possible." Unrivalled performance and impressive versatility PROUDLY BRITISH For more information on our full range – or a no obligation demonstration call 01332 824777 or visit www.dennisuk.com or www.sisis.com Dennis G860 Sisis Auto-Rotorake Mk5 For more information on our full range – or a no obligation demonstration call 01332 824777 or visit www.dennisuk.com or www.sisis.com surfaces, from parks and public sports grounds, to highway verges. So it's very important for us to have reliable machinery that helps us achieve results that keep our clients happy." Making up the bulk of FCC Environment's maintenance fleet are three LT3340 heavy-duty triple mowers and a T4240 high- output cylinder mower which were purchased four years ago, and most recently a LT-F3000 triple flail mower. "The T4240 and LT3340 mowers we've had for four years and we invested in a LT-F3000 triple flail mower last year," Richard tells us. "We needed another machine to help with an increase in our workload and it wasn't really a question that we would look to Toro again and it's certainly a decision that has paid off. "Not only has the LT-F3000 really impressed me thanks to its versatility coping with both long and short grass, leaving an excellent finish every time, but also, despite the wet weather at the start of the year, all the Toro machines have still seen excellent results and really impressed our clients. Good reliability is why our frontline grass cutting machines are all Toro." Reesink Turfcare

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