The Groundsman

January 2016

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IOG BEST PRACTICE 23 the Groundsman January 2016 Visit for more information and digital editions Whitgift School Founded in 1596 by John Whitgift, Elizabeth I's last Archbishop of Canterbury, Whitgift School opened in 1600 and moved to Haling Park in 1931. The 45-acre estate was at one time the home of Lord Howard of Effingham, Lord High Admiral of the Fleet sent against the Armada. The site retains the appearance of an attractive country estate, and the original buildings have been supplemented by many additions and improvements over the years. This at a time when many would consider this a quiet period. So, to fit into the tight timeframes, Daniel and his team have instigated a programme of renovation including vigorous scarification, aeration, topdressing and overseeding – at 35 gms per m 2 – plus fertilisation, based on controlled-release granule feeds and liquid top ups of nutrients and bio-stimulants. The result has been a balanced growth pattern, a good response to wear and a low incidence of pests and diseases. Indeed, Daniel has also instigated an integrated pest management programme with the aim of reducing the use of pesticides and to improve plant and soil health. Pleased that the maintenance The school's estate at Haling Park was once the home of the Lord High Admiral of the Fleet sent against the Armada. routines are gaining plaudits, not least from the school staff who have commented on the increased durability of the pitches, Daniel's quest for perfection has, however, already identified a number of areas that he says will ideally be addressed in the near future. l Seeing is believing Greenway House • Sugarswell Business Park • Shenington • Oxon OX15 6HW Tel: 01295 680120 • email: More than just a mower... Salt/Sand Spreader Sweeper Snow Plough Trailer We're absolutely delighted with the versatility of our Etesia mower attachments and how they perform for us. Malcolm Taylor, Maintenance & Ground Service Manager at Birmingham's Botanical Gardens & Glasshouse " " With a range of accessories available, Etesia ride-on models are adaptable for a variety of tasks, giving users a versatile workhorse – all year round. Etesia UK @EtesiaUK EtesiaUK Now available with a 2 Year Warranty Terms & Conditions apply

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