The Groundsman

July 2012

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the Groundsman July 2012 FEATURE 27 An Olympic heritage 1908-1948-2012 – the evolution of turfcare machinery A special display of turf machinery, tools and artefacts from the years 1908 and 1948 is being staged alongside their 2012 counterparts at this year's IOG SALTEX open space management show (Windsor, September 4-6) to commemorate the historic Olympic events – and perhaps to jolt a few memories for some visitors! Working closely with the Hall & Duck Trust – an international collection of 1,000 lawn mowers dating from the 1850s, plus home to an extensive material archive – IOG SALTEX will provide visitors with a range of mechanised and pedestrian- controlled machinery and tools, as well as a selection of interesting artefacts, photos and posters. Included in the display will be a rare Ransomes 30 inch Patent Motor Mower of 1907(a pedestrian machine), the like of which would have been used in 1908 for the Olympic events. The original owner was Somerset County Cricket Club and the machine is still in running order. The aim of the display is to show comparative equipment from each of the years when the event was held in London, illustrating how the industry has changed over the 104-year period. Members of the Trust will be available for discussion. Visit for more details. IOG SALTEX 2012 ( will be held on September 4-6 at Windsor Racecourse. THE LEADING MANUFACTURER OF SPORTS COVERS AND CRICKET GROUND EQUIPMENT Taking Care of Britain' We Our products include: • The Hover Cover • Mobile covers • Artificial installations • Sightscreens • Mobile nets • Flat sheets For more information and prices please contact us today on 01925 814525 or visit Unit 6, Hardwick Grange, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 4RF | F: 01925 831709 | E: sports surfaces – all supported by a personal service synthetic surface maintenance company.ce maintenance companyy. sport We restore, clean, r rts surfaces – all s synthetic surfac 01636 640506 PLAAY Maintenance LtdY Maintenance Ltd Wesley House, Whittle Close,tt esley House, Whittle Close, Newark, NG24 2DY NEW Free Online Advice – visit The Green Room atre uk re ee Online Advvice – visit The Green Room c it ance co u e, clean, epair and maintain syntheticrepair and maintain synthetic rted by a personal serv support rvic ce Taking Care of Britai n s Sports Surfaces.

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