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WHAT WAS THE BUZZ AT SALTEX?

Watch our short and snappy vids

TurfPro editor, Laurence Gale, was patrolling the showfloor at SALTEX recently, with a camera in tow - grabbing...

EDITOR'S BLOG: A well oiled machine

Take proper care of your kit

With SALTEX coming up this week it brings into focus how vitally important it is that you look after your machinery...

PITCH IMPROVEMENT STRATEGY HELPING SPORTING PARTICIPATION

According to GaNTIP statistics

The Grounds and Natural Turf Improvement Programme (GaNTIP), which is funded by the Football Foundation and ECB, and...

PEOPLE'S FAVOURITE PARKS REVEALED

Green Flag award winners

With more than 45,000 votes cast, Green Flag has announced the winners of the 2019 People’s Choice vote for the...

EDITOR'S BLOG: What's new on the parks front?

Plenty of developments in this vital sector

There has been much interesting activity lately with news coming out of the Empowering Parks conference, The Parks...

TOP GROUNDCARE TRACTOR BRAND AS VOTED BY PRO END USERS REVEALED

Second part of unique groundcare research released

TAP, the owners of TurfPro, have published the next part of their unique sector insight, this time revealing what...

HELP DETERMINE DIRECTION OF NEW RESEARCH PROGRAMME

Led by STRI & supported by BIGGA

The Golf Research Enterprise (GREEN) is aimed at identifying and finding solutions to the problems facing golf course...

EDITOR'S BLOG: RECRUITMENT IS KEY

The challenge of finding new staff

Having myself moved jobs on several occasions, I know only too well many of the issues both employee and employer...

FEATURE: A DAY OUT WITH THE LADIES

Behind the scenes at the Solheim Cup

I was invited by John Deere to attend the first two days of the Solheim Cup at Gleneagles this weekend, to witness...

STANLEY PARK VOTED BRITAIN'S BEST PARK 2019

Blackpool facility wins

Stanley Park topped Fields In Trust's poll of 36,832 voters from 364 nominated parks and green spaces throughout the UK

EDITOR'S BLOG: EDGBASTON'S BASTION

Gary Barwell gives his insight to groundsmen

I was fortunate recently to visit Warwickshire County Ground, where head groundsman Gary Barwell, spoke to grassroots...

RFU APPOINT NEW TWICKENHAM HEAD GROUNDSPERSON

Jim Buttar takes up role

Jim Buttar has taken up the role at the Home Of Rugby, a position he commenced on September 2nd.

SOMERSET CCC HEAD GROUNDSMAN TO JOIN HAMPSHIRE

Moving on after 20 years

Following autumn renovations at Somerset, Simon Lee is joining Hampshire CCC to replace Nigel Gray who had come out...

EDITOR'S BLOG: CHOOSING THE RIGHT MACHINERY

Turf professionals must be careful when buying new equipment

I would always advise that you buy your machinery from a reputable machinery dealer, who has the relevant skills and...

TEESIDE'S TRANSFORMATION

Significant developments at club

Investments at Teesside Golf Club have seen renovations to the course, plus new course maintenance equipment,...

EDITOR'S BLOG: A groundsman's lot

Under-appreciated and under-valued

I believe there are still too many turf professionals up and down the country who are not earning anything like the...

FOOTBALL FOUNDATION LAUNCH EXPERT ADVICE APP

Help for turf professionals

The Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation are ramping up efforts to improve the quality of...

BIGGA OFFER MEMBERS HR HELP

Access to free advice

BIGGA has teamed up with Xact to provide every member with access to free help and advice to make workplaces a more...

EDITOR'S BLOG: Current state of bowls

Clubs facing many challenges

One of the biggest problems for bowls clubs around the country is the ongoing cost of maintenance of the green.

REAL MADRID PRIZE FOR SALTEX COLLEGE CUP

New sponsors this year

Toro and Reesink Turfcare have announced they will be sponsoring the SALTEX College Cup 2019, managed by the...

NEW 9-HOLE COURSE TURNS TO DLF

Preparing to open to public

Cheshire’s Adlington Golf Centre has recently undergone major construction works to create a brand new 9-hole par 3...

EDITOR'S BLOG: PLANNING CRICKET RENOVATIONS

There are some basic aims when renovating a square

With the cricket season soon coming to an end, many groundsmen should now be organising the renovation of their...

FEATURE: COVENTRY UNIVERSITY'S EDIBLE GARDEN

2006 - present

The grounds team at Coventry University have found an edible garden to be a very useful educational tool for their...

GREEN FLAG AWARDS

Events taking place around the country

The first of the three UK Green Flag Award Ceremonies took place recently at Port Sunlight.

EDITOR'S BLOG: A FEAST OF SPORT

With turf professionals playing an integral role

The Cricket World Cup finals, the Wimbledon Championships and the Women's Football World Cup have all offered...

FEATURE: HAIL THE GRASS MASTERS!

Boorish media comments about pitch quality are wide of the mark. By Chris Biddle, TurfPro founder

As we all draw breath after the unbelievable scenes at the Home of Cricket yesterday, we surely must celebrate team-work

A CHANCE TO SHINE

UK greenkeeper's life changed by U.S internship programme

Watch an exclusive video of Greg Jones from The Belfry GC near Birmingham, speak from Pebble Beach Golf Club and the...

EDITOR'S BLOG: THE CURRENT STATE OF GOLF

Courses must adapt to survive

I place a high regard for what golf courses have to offer, not only providing a changing game of golf, but also for...

FEATURE: CONTRACTOR SEES MULTI-DISCIPLINE SUCCESS

360 Ground Care serving professional facilities by TurfPro Editor, Laurence Gale MSC, MBPR

Miles Todd saw an opportunity to provide a professional grounds maintenance and renovation service for both the golf...

GREENKEEPER SUPPORT TEAM REVEALED

For BMW PGA Championship

The Director of Golf and Greenkeeping at Wentworth Club has spoken about his pride at the return of a greenkeeper...

EDITOR'S BLOG: TEEING OFF WITH JOHN DEERE

Partnership with Wentworth Club launched

Last week I attended the host venue for the PGA Championship tournament where they revealed a new course maintenance...

KEITH KENT LEAVES TWICKENHAM

Official send-off at end of June writes TurfPro editor Laurence Gale

Keith Kent's final day as head groundsman of Twickenham was June 30th 2019 - and I, along with some invited turf...

SALTEX '19 REGISTRATION OPEN

Process improved this year

The organisers of October's event have promised that visitors will notice some notable improvements to the...

EDITOR'S BLOG: WEATHER CONTINUES TO SURPRISE

During one of the busiest times of the year

Long daylight hours, coupled with warm air and soil temperatures often reaching well into double figures, means that...

FEATURE: BUSY TIMES

Judging the Green Flag Awards - by TurfPro Editor, Laurence Gale MSC, MBPR

As part of my role as a Green Flag judge, I was tasked with visiting Castle Ring, a large multivallate Iron Age Hill...

IOG EMBARKING ON NATIONAL PR CAMPAIGN

To highlight the vital role groundspeople play in sport

The IOG say they are planning for the launch of a new communications programme designed to educate the public and...

EDITOR'S BLOG: BERNHARD LAUNCH TRAINING ACADEMY

Educating the next generation

Last week saw the launch of the Bernhard Academy at the company’s factory facilities in Haverhill, Suffolk, which...

FEATURE: TAKING AN INTEGRATED APPROACH

What does it all mean in managing turf surfaces? By Professor John Moverley, Independent Chairman of the Amenity Forum

In tackling the management of amenity spaces and turf, we are all asked to take an integrated approach and deliver...

BRIGHTON & HOVE GROUNDSTAFF SACKING DESCRIBED AS 'WITCH HUNT'

Team selections leaked online

It was widely reported last week that three members of Brighton & Hove Albion FC's ground-staff team were dismissed...

EDITOR'S BLOG: THE NEXT GENERATION

We must inspire and recruit a new generation of turf professionals

I firmly believe we can always learn from our peers and previous generations who are always keen to pass on their...

DANISH & SPANISH GROUNDSMEN LEARN FROM UK'S BEST

On educational tour

Thirty-eight groundsmen from Denmark and Spain have spent three-days learning from some of the best turf...

DEVON COUNCIL UNDERTAKE ROBOTIC TRIAL

Ambrogio robot mowers maintaining pitches

East Devon District Council have partnered with local dealers Devon Garden Machinery for a robotic mowing trial on an...

EDITOR'S BLOG: OPTIMISATION OF WATER RESOURCES

Better understand the soil / water relationship

One of the biggest problems facing many groundsmen is the ability to water their natural grass surfaces efficiently,...

FEATURE: UNDER PRESSURE

Dry weather conditions continue to keep turf managers focused on moisture management

While you can’t control weather, there are steps you can take to conserve water, to maximise the impact of any you...

MASTER GREENKEEPER RECORD SET

Six of the best

BIGGA have announced that a record number of members have achieved the Master Greenkeeper certificate following...

EDITOR'S BLOG: Hard work & dedication

Ever changing playing surfaces

A busy time of year for turf professionals with a lot going on, it's great to get out and about to events around the...

EMERGENCY AUTHORISATION FOR ACELEPRYN

Syngenta insecticide reapproved

Product for the control of chafer grubs and leatherjacket has been reapproved for the 2019 season.

TRACK TURF PESTS THIS SUMMER

Get a better picture of when and where they're flying

New facility will follow the timing and movement of the adult life cycle stages of key turf pests this summer.

EDITOR'S BLOG: Obesity measures

Turf professionals have a vital role

Everyone who works in the sports turf industry and amenity landscape sectors, play an important role in providing...

FEATURE: EDDIE SEAWARD, A TRIBUTE

Death of Wimbledon’s influential grounds manager

The turfcare profession, and indeed the whole of the tennis world, were saddened to learn of the death of Eddie...

QUEEN'S AWARD FOR PITCHMARK

For Enterprise: International Trade 2019

Bristol based line marking machinery and equipment manufacturer honoured.

EDITOR'S BLOG: Timley advice

Rugby renovations

With the rugby season now virtually completed, it is time to encourage rugby clubs to rejuvenate their pitches after...

FEATURE: Major new irrigation project

At Top 100 classic Berkhamsted Golf Club

The famous bunker-free course has installed a comprehensive new irrigation system which will see a seven-fold...

GLYPHOSATE MISCONCEPTIONS WEBSITE LAUNCHED

By Complete Weed Control

In light of increasing public scrutiny, CWC has launched an online glyphosate resource.

EDITOR'S BLOG: Planing ahead

Renovating grass surfaces

In recent years we have seen an array of soil conditioning equipment on hand to speed up the way we can renovate our...

NOWLAN PARK RECEIVE GAA COUNTY PITCH OF THE YEAR AWARD

Honour sponsored by Campeys

The Kilkenny city venue was chosen after a thorough adjudication process, with McGovern Park, South Ruislip in London...

MEETING PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS IS HOT TOPIC

At recent Amenity Forum events

Attendees at recent Updating Events in London and Belfast welcomed the Forum's proposals for a new professional...

EDITOR'S BLOG: From Winter to Summer Sports

April is a busy period

As always it will be the weather that dictates what can be achieved in this short window of change.

HYBRID GRASS ROLLED OUT AT TOP UK CRICKET CLUBS

With installation technology developed by SIS Pitches

SIS Pitches has installed pioneering hybrid cricket pitches at County Cricket Clubs across the United Kingdom ahead...

ETESIA LAUNCH VAT-FREE DEAL

On a range of ride-on mowers

VAT-free offer runs from 1st April until the 30th June 2019 and applies to the Bahia and Hydro 80 machines.

EDITOR'S BLOG: The value of trees

Trees bring real benefits to our cities, health and well being

Each year London's trees remove 2.4million tonnes of air pollution including carbon dioxie, dust and other gaseous...

FEATURE: New horizons for the Hatters

Investment paying off at Kenilworth Road

Luton Town FC will finally get the chance of a mad hatters tea party if they get promoted into the Championship at...

ECHO ENTER MOWER MARKET

First ever from manufacturer

Until now, only a lawnmower had been missing from the manufacturer's range of tools, but that has been rectified with...

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