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December 2013

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24 TECHNICAL UPDATE Clean up guidelines Back in 2007, the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) and the ECB jointly funded a piece of work I did with my then colleague Mark Bartlett while at Cranfield, which set out to look at the impact of the 2007 floods that saw millions of pounds of damage to grounds in Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Cumbria and other counties. The study looked at the impact of flooding on sports grounds and identified that contaminated sediment was a risk in most floods due to the effect of flooded sewers mixing with flooding rivers. This prompted the publication of guidelines on safer flood clean-up and you can download these from the IOG and ECB websites. The ground is in a stunning location but as a cricketer myself it was heart breaking to see the impact of the flood on the ground and the challenges facing the club. A site visit in August 2012 confirmed that the sediment was up to a quarter of a metre deep in places and was contaminated with not only lead, but zinc, arsenic and cadmium, all potentially toxic elements that needed to be cleaned up before play could begin. This was going to be a significant clean-up operation (and cost) caused by a disaster that was not the fault of the club. A number of calls were made to the Environment Agency and a draft plan for cleaning up the ground was put together. How can you help to limit the effects of flood? Work done by Iain James for the ECB has shown that 28 per cent of cricket clubs are at significant risk of flooding from rivers and in a similar study for Sport England he determined that 15 per cent of all outdoor sports facilities are at risk of flooding in England. While it is obvious from the Threlkeld Cricket Club case study that there is little that clubs can do to prevent flooding, when rivers and streams do burst their banks there are things clubs can do to try and limit the damage to their clubhouse and maintenance equipment. With the Environment Agency already warning of floods this winter, clubs should find out whether they are at risk of flooding and make a plan of what to do to help limit flood damage. For advice on reducing the impact of flooding see the ECB website – visit for details. "I was amazed at the help and support Perennial gave me when I wasn't able to find it anywhere else. New Air 2G2 Perennial is an amazing charity." Perennial is here to provide help, support and advice to anyone employed as a professional groundsman. Air is everything to anything that lives This could be help in claiming benefits, managing debt, care needs, training, or financial assistance. Whether you need us now, want to find out more or are interested in supporting us, through volunteering or donating, we want to hear from you. Call us: 0845 230 1839 or visit our website Reg No 891277. Perennial is an exempt charity, registered as a Benevolent Society under the Industrial & Provident Societies Act 1965 No. 15408R, and a Charity Registered in Scotland No. SC040180 Visit for more information and digital editions EHA106003 Call: +44 (0)1260 224568 email: web: t This was what brought the project to my desk on my arrival at TGMS having moved from Cranfield University in July 2012. the Groundsman December 2013

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