The Groundsman

June 2012

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June 2012 £4.00 Environmental evangelists! Feature Ascot's crowning glory Feature www.iog.org In winning the 2011 IOG Industry Award for Environmental Project of the Year, Ashton on Mersey Cricket and Tennis Club has achieved some outstanding savings in its energy usage Pg 13-17 Feature Taking pitch quality to the bank The Groundsman travelled to Stockport to view the facilities at the winner of the 2011 IOG Industry Award for Best Grass Roots Sports Ground of the Year Pg 20-21 Feature Non-stop innovation The Groundsman joined John Deere recently for the company's 175th anniversary celebrations – travelling 9,300 miles in six days visiting various company sites to gain an insight into this mega-successful global operation Pg 25 Feature STRI scores again We report how STRI (Sports Turf Research Institute) has been busy preparing football pitches for this month's European Football Championships Pg 22-23 Feature The stage is set Insights into some of the equipment being used for the Olympic hockey events and work at Olympic training pitches Pg 26-27 Feature A new generation of dealers? With amenity equipment dealers in the throes of a number of changes, what will be the impact on groundsmen? Pg 31 Also inside: Industry News Pg 4-9, Product Showcase - In Action Pg 28-30, Product Showcase - Line Markers Pg 33-35, Product Showcase - Secure Storage Pg 37-38 Technical Update - Aeration Pg 39-43, Maintenance Calendar Pg 44-47, Weather Update Pg 48 Published by The Institute of Groundsmanship With prize money of £4.5 million, Royal Ascot is the most valuable racehorse meeting in Europe, and the eyes of the world will be on the Berkshire course during this month's five-day spectacle Pg 18-19

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