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June 2015

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AWARD SPONSOR 22 the Groundsman June 2015 n this the UN's International Year of Soils we are reminded that soils, and topsoil in particular, are a depleting resource. Intensive farming and extremes of weather caused by global warming are combining in an unholy alliance to erode topsoil around the globe. Because of British Sugar's commitment to recycling the by-products from its sugar- making process, the company developed a system to re-use the 300,000 tonnes of prime arable soil that adheres to the 7.5 million tonnes of sugar beet delivered annually by UK growers to its factories. Working with soil scientists Tim O'Hare Associates, the result was Landscape20 topsoil, compliant to BS3882:2007, and I Build and maintain – sustainably Creating the correct playing conditions for sports fields, pitches and golf courses is a combination of the expertise of professionals concerned and the quality of the materials used, as illustrated by these examples that used fully sustainable topsoil derived from arable soils By: Andy Spetch Sports10 topdressing. These two fully sustainable soil products provide contractors, groundsmen and greenkeepers with materials ideal for sports pitch and golf course construction and maintenance, enabling them to not only meet the expectations of players but also to do their part in preserving our natural soils. Not all manufactured topsoils are truly sustainable, neither do they all carry full independent analysis or comply with BS3882:2007. Uppingham School, Rutland Sports pitch and golf course contractor White Horse Contractors, working for main contractor Bowmer & Kirkland, used 2,000 tonnes of Landscape20, described in analysis as a 'friable sandy clay loam with a moderately developed fine to medium granular structure', to create a new playing field as part of a new sports complex at the school. Deliveries of Landscape20 were called off to an agreed schedule and spread across the field area to a depth of 225mm using a laser-guided grading blade. Sand was then applied to a depth of 75mm and incorporated with the top 75mm of the Landscape20 to create an ideal base for seeding. Seeding was carried out in early October using a dwarf perennial ryegrass and, by early November, a good sward had established. 2,000 tonnes of TOPSOIL's Landscape20 helped create the new playing field at Uppingham School - photo courtesy Edward Hill

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