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November 2016

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Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions 15 the Groundsman November 2016 t GaNTIP in action – flood damage in Cumbria During the night of 5/6 December 2015, Keswick suffered its worst floods in living memory and Fitz Park, the home of Keswick Cricket Club, saw stones, gravel and hundreds of tonnes of silt on the pitch – covering all the cricket square and most of the outfield. In addition, the club's maintenance machinery was damaged beyond repair. The club organised a local firm and a work party of club members set to work to remove the worst of the debris from the square and the outfield, removing about 700 tonnes of silt. However, with support from the ECB and the GaNTIP regional pitch advisor (RPA), the club was back playing games on the ground before the end of May. Following the plan of action drawn up by the RPA, Danvic Turfcare used an extensive array of machinery and equipment to 'brush', scarify and essentially clean the surface. Work took place over two months and the outfield was Vertidrained and all areas were repaired, seeded and fertilised. Year three will focus on the continued support of PIP while capitalising on the strong links created in the regions and expanding the support network, including non-professional groundsmen, as well as continued networking and cross-sport collaboration events. In addition, a number of key areas have been identified (for which support packages and recommendations have been made), and these include the need for de-compaction, the lack of grass seed and use of seed of the wrong type, plus a lack of fertiliser. Add to this is the fact that at most (over 95 per cent) of venues, the groundsman – whether volunteer or salaried - had not received any training! Rugby – a year of firsts GaNTIP has achieved some significant firsts with the Rugby Football League (RFL) and its clubs. The first was to stage the first ever RFL conference, which was attended by more than 20 of the 49 National Conference League (NCL) clubs. GaNTIP has also attracted high profile ambassadors in the shape of Jamie Peacock MBE and Barrie McDermott from Sky Sports. Another major development has been the implementation of a renovation pilot project, where funding has been given to three NCL level clubs which have undergone renovation. The aim is that amateur clubs will also carry out weekly and monthly maintenance tasks with equipment being shared among clubs. Boosting the standard of a cricket pitch in Hertfordshire

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