The Groundsman

March 2016

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CONTENTS 3 the Groundsman March 2016 Editorial address: 28 Stratford Offi ce Village Walker Avenue Wolverton Mill East Milton Keynes, MK12 5TW Tel: 01908 312511 MANAGING EDITOR Karen Maxwell Tel: 01908 552987 FEATURES EDITOR Colin Hoskins Tel: 01634 832 221 PRODUCT EDITOR Paul Groves Tel: 01952 234 000 IOG MEMBERSHIP AND GENERAL ENQUIRIES Tel: 01908 312511 MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS Sue Fernandes Tel: 01908 312511 SUBSCRIPTIONS £72.00 UK £82.00 Europe £112 Rest of World DESIGN TSP Media Kat Jones ADVERTISEMENT SALES TSP Media Kellie Wake Tel: 01952 234 000 The Groundsman is published monthly by the Institute of Groundsmanship. All material is copyright of the Institute of Groundsmanship and may not be reproduced without permission. The publishers do not accept responsibility for any advertisement appearing in the Journal and cannot be held liable for editorial omissions or errors. The views expressed in the Journal are not necessarily those of the Institute of Groundsmanship. Grounds & Natural Turf Improvement Programme IOG helps bring Sheffi eld FC pitch back into play IOG Best Practice Award-winning ways at Nottingham Racecourse IOG Best Practice Alan Ferguson's strategy for success SMTA Conference Review Together in turf Technical Update Commonsense tree risk management Features Contents Award Sponsor A choice cut for The Landscape Group Award Sponsor Amsterdam ArenA gets smart Product Showcase Pedestrian mowers Product Showcase Compact tractors News Other sections Maintenance Calendar Weather Update IOG News Branch News Industry News SALTEX News 6 8 10 14 15 16 20 24 29 31 32 35 42 46 47 FOLLOW US Facebook: search for Institute of Groundsmanship LinkedIn Twitter: @the_iog Recruitment Classifi eds 48 49-51 24 COVER FOCUS the Groundsman MARCH 2016 Published by The Institute of Groundsmanship March 2016 £4.00 at Nottingham COVER FOCUS Ron Mason takes the reins AMERICAN ALLIES STMA show review An exclusive interview with Alan Ferguson on his new FA role 15 IOG helps improve Sheffi eld FC pitch 20 Alan Ferguson's strategy for success USA and the UK - together in turf Ron takes the reins at Nottingham Racecourse Head groundsman Ron Mason details how a fresh approach to groundscare has transformed Nottingham Racecourse and led to his team winning an IOG Award See article on pages 16-18

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