The Groundsman

June 2015

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Visit for more information and digital editions Colin McBeth, contracts manager at White Horse Contractors, said: "The original site soil was not suitable for a playing field but having successfully used Landscape20 on other projects, we recommended its use for this project due to its consistency, sandy loam nature and low stone content." Bury St Edmunds RUFC The club has been working to improve its three senior pitches where the depth of topsoil, on what was formerly a landfill site, is only 5-10cm. A repair/maintenance programme was devised encompassing aeration, re-seeding and the annual application of a topdressing to build up and improve the existing topsoil. Sports10, described in typical analysis as an '80% loamy sand texture', was chosen as the topdressing because it closely matched the existing soil type. Sports10 was applied at a rate of 80 tonnes per pitch after re-seeding to protect the seed, conserve moisture and aid germination. In addition to the above programme, the club installed a pop-up irrigation system for the 1st XV pitch. Its installation has ensured continued grass growth throughout the dry, hot summer months to maintain a full sward. Club chairman Phil Torkington said: "We are delighted with the results of our investment in the pitches, which rival any in the Eastern Counties." Ely City Golf Club, Cambridgeshire This 72-par parkland course was designed by Henry Cotton and founded in 1962 as a nine-hole course. The present 18-hole course was created in 1973. The club decided on a major programme of bunker reconstruction. Although Landscape20 had been recommended to course manager Andrew Baker, before proceeding he visited British Sugar TOPSOIL's Wissington facility to see the soil produced and took samples for independent analysis. Once convinced of its provenance and suitability, Andrew ordered 430 tonnes for use in the reconstruction of 18 bunkers. Andrew explained his decision to opt for Landscape20, a sustainable, manufactured topsoil: "Landscape20's sandy loam texture makes for a soil that is easy to handle and consolidate into the shape needed. The establishment and subsequent growth of the turf has been very impressive. The roots had anchored into the Landscape20 within one to two weeks of having been laid. Turf put down in the autumn had rooted to a depth of 6inches by the following spring." Because of these results, the club continues to use the product for bunker reconstruction work and for the construction and extension of tee areas. In addition, TOPSOIL's Sports10 is being used as a spring and summer topdressing and as a divot mix on tees and the approaches with the 80/20 soil/sand mix achieving impressive seed establishment in dry conditions. Andy Spetch is National TOPSOIL Manager at British Sugar TOPSOIL ( which supplies 240,000 tonnes of topsoil annually to the UK landscaping, amenity and construction sectors. l Sports10 was used at Bury St Edmunds RUFC Bunker at Ely City Golf Club, with Landscape20, awaits turfing AWARD SPONSOR 23 the Groundsman June 2015

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