Professional Groundscare

July 2017

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Inside Knowledge Grass Cutting Line Marking Meet the team at Royal Leamington Spa BC Page 16 The machines you need to consider Page 17-23 Putting the spotlight on latest products Page 24-26 The England Cricket Board in conjunction with SIS Pitches has taken groundbreaking steps to install two SISGrass wickets at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough. The ECB are the first to install a trial wicket using SIS Pitches' latest innovation in the world of hybrid surfaces, SISGrass Universal. Combining speed, mobility and laser precision, SIS Pitches' game-changing hybrid pitch system, SISGrass Universal, is the latest addition to the company's award-winning technology. The pitches combine a majority of natural turf grass with around 5% of twisted yarn. In football, that has led to considerable improvements in stability and durability and is being used in the Luzhniki Stadium for the 2018 World Cup Final in Russia. Now the ECB are able to investigate whether there could be equivalent advantages for cricket, especially for the recreational game. A golf club celebrating its bicentenary this year has taken delivery of a double width Wiedenmann Terra Brush. Scotscraig Golf Club is the world's 13th oldest course and was founded in 1817 by members of the St Andrews Society of Golfers. Just 15 minutes north of St Andrews, it features a championship course in a traditional loop, infl uenced fi rstly by Old Tom Morris and later by James Braid. Course Manager, Chris Barnard, and his greenkeeping team of fi ve A Liverpool arts college is enjoying a new state-of-the- art football pitch after it was opened by a former Premier League referee and the Everton Ladies captain. Chris Foy joined Michelle Hinnigan and her first team coach, Andy Spence, to open St John Bosco Arts College's new £1m floodlit third generation (3G) artifi cial grass pitch (AGP) and changing room pavilion. A £637,245 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund made it possible to build the 3G AGP and pavilion, which will be used by Everton FC Centre of Excellence and local grassroots clubs, community groups and primary schools. Through this project, the school worked in close partnership with the Football Foundation and Liverpool FA to establish a fi ve- year Football Development Plan Terra Brush gives club additional polish Zaun's Duo Sports fencing for new AGP Chris Wood, the ECB's PitchesConsultant, explained: "This goes back several years to a conversation I had with Darren Baldwin, the Head Groundsman of Tottenham Hotspur. "The majority of Premier League venues now use hybrid pitches, and even to the casual observer of football, I think it's obvious that those pitches have been of a far more consistently high quality, around all clubs and throughout the season. "That is because introducing a relatively small amount of artifi cial twisted yarn greatly improves the stability of the surface underfoot, and allows the sward to endure the long football season with a consistent playing performance. "We have had to wait to apply this technique to cricket – there have been semi-hybrid pitches, but using artifi cial turf with cricket loam infi ll rather than natural grass. But now SISGrass have developed a new, more compact stitching have newly fi nished an intensive two year renovation project which reinstated many original features of the famous links and heathlands layout. Chris Barnard said: "We've wanted a brush for a while. Last year we improvised and fashioned one ourselves but it didn't quite do the job. We chose the Terra Brush with folding wings, and yellow bristles, the fi rmest ones, because it suited our situation best." The Wiedenmann Terra Brush comes with four rows of bristles, two rows aligned perpendicular to the direction of travel and two in a zig zag formation, making it ideal for intensive and even brushing. On large area such as fairways, the wings can be deployed to extend the working width to 3.95 m. Wiedenmann Enquiry 46 Captain Michelle Hinnigan, who is also a PE Teacher at St John Bosco, said: "It is really important to have quality facilities at the grassroots level because this not only helps youngsters to maximise their potential, but give whole communities a focal point to come and enjoy playing sport with their mates." Zaun Enquiry 47 unit than has been used for football. We took the machine to Loughborough last week and have laid one pitch on the square and another in the outdoor nets. "We've used a straw-coloured yarn, rather than the brighter green in use in football, to make it look as authentic as possible. They still need to be seeded and enhanced, but we hope they will be playable in the near future. " P o s s i b l e a d v a n t a g e s a r e increased durability of pitches for matchplay and practice, with prolonged uniformity of grass cover. "It is fitting that we have installed the pitches at Loughborough, as our centre for innovation around cricket." Phil Blackwell, SISGrass Director in the UK, added; "It is very exciting to be partnering with the ECB on this project. "SISGrass Universal has already made a big impact on the industry across all sports that ECB fi rst to trail hybrid pitch in cricket haven't been able to access the benefi ts of hybrid pitch systems in the past. We have managed to combine all of the qualities of our fl agship SISGrass product and make them accessible to all." SISGrass Universal is an advanced reinforced turf system featuring patented fi bre injection technology, utilising yarn that is tested to FIFA recommendations, which offers increased surface stability, more playing hours and faster recovery than 100% natural grass surfaces. Just 1.20m wide, 2m in length and weighing a maximum of two tons, SISGrass Universal offers fl exibility of stitching at every location quickly and accurately, with different depths, spacing or size using precise laser guidance, making it the perfect solution for groundskeepers who are challenged to maintain uniform grass quality in high- wear areas. SIS Pitches Enquiry 45 READER ENQUIRY 48 L a n d s c a p e & A m e n i t y July 2016 Taking a look ahead to autumn maintenance MANUFACTURING EXCELLENCE SINCE 1962 CRX-410 LAPU0517. Wessex International is a trading name of Wessex International Machinery. TRY IT FOR YOURSELF! CALL US TO BOOK YOUR FREE DEMO TODAY! T: 01264 345870 Follow us on: SCAN TO SEE A DEMO MOVIE VERSATILITY – Available as a roller mower, combination mower and a finishing mower HIGH BLADE TIP SPEED – Superb cut quality, with even spread of clippings CONTOUR HUGGING – follows ground undulations with ease LOWER HORSE POWER REQUIREMENT – Suits tractors from 35hp to increase female participation by over 40%. E T C S p o r t s S u r f a c e s collaborated with long term sports fencing partner Zaun to put in the 3G AGP surrounded by Duo Sports fencing, which will host a new 11v11 mid-week fl oodlit league throughout the winter months. Chris Foy said: "Grassroots sport in Liverpool is better off thanks to the investment in this new pitch and changing room. St John Bosco will serve as an important sports hub in its community, with provisions for people of all ages and abilities to play sport just for the pure enjoyment of it." Everton Ladies secured a place in the Women's Super League in 2017-18 just last Friday, when the FA announced them as the preferred bidder to take the place of Notts County, who went out of business. Top Dressers & Spreaders The essential groundscare solutions Page 27-28

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