The Groundsman

August 2012

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the Groundsman August 2012 I sometimes wonder if 2012 is just a bizarre year and at some point someone will pinch me and I'll find it has all been a dream! The year of the Olympics, a year of celebration for the Jubilee and a year when as soon as the water authorities issued a hosepipe ban, the heavens opened. In addition to the chaos that the weather caused for various outdoor events, cricket fixtures have been decimated and I imagine the ECB will be under pressure to provide funds to the many clubs affected by the freak weather conditions. The inclement weather has a serious impact on grass roots sport, as due to the cancellation of matches clubs can fold and, of course, income is lost from the professional game and somewhere down the line this will affect budgets and maintenance as well as, ultimately, jobs. If nothing else, the weather has certainly reinforced the need for tractors – another good reason to visit IOG SALTEX this year! Indeed, as we approach the Windsor event, visitors can be assured we are doing all we can to minimise any possible disruption likely to be caused by the rain. Those with long memories will recall that the sun generally (but not always) shines at IOG SALTEX, but this year with the new show layout and the Olympic rowing event taking place next door (prior to IOG SALTEX), our preparations have also had to accommodate the demands of LOCOG - which includes the installation of a large bridge designed to help 17,000 people a day to cross the Thames to the rowing event. This is all in the name of security (and don't worry, we have not engaged G4S for our event!). We are doing all we can to get the show on: we will have the benefit of tracking for the car parks; a new pedestrian footbridge to get visitors straight into the middle of the site; and a re-orientated 'front' to the show as a main entrance. And, of course, we also have our brilliant site team, each of whom gives up their time voluntarily (taking holiday) to be at Windsor. IOG SALTEX has for many years magnificently represented the trade and industry, and we understand that to make a commitment to exhibit, and to visit, especially in these austere times is not the straightforward choice it used to be pre-recession. I sincerely hope you visit the show, because the more successful the event is then the more the IOG can invest in training, education and a host of proactive initiatives that highlight the role and value of the grounds profession and the industry as a whole. And we are already working on the 2013 event with a new sales and marketing team, and we will be taking some new approaches going forwards. That said, as always please do tell us your needs as we understand that we have to be open to suggestions in order for exhibitors and visitors to gain value from attending. Finally, spare a thought for the many dedicated grounds teams working behind the scenes in Scottish football, a sector already under pressure, including the fact that Rangers now face the prospect of life in the third tier of the league. While the fate of Rangers' players has been highlighted, the impact is also massive on all the behind-the-scenes staff. Where there is a football ground there is still a surface to prepare and maintain, and what often goes unnoticed (or unpublicised) is the massive contribution of the grounds staff. For Rangers, the demand is still to produce a perfect playing surface and the comments by Head Groundsman, David Roxborough, epitomise the dedication of modern groundsmanship: "The pitch is the first thing the fans see when they come into the stadium and it's vitally important that we keep the surface at the top level. The fans deserve to know that the pitch is in as good a condition as I can make it." Thanks to the 'fans' fighting fund', the renovation work was able to be completed at the stadium and at the training ground in good time for the coming season. We should applaud David and his team - and all those dedicated groundsmen working on reduced budgets but still proud and able to perform miracles week in, week out. The efforts of David and his team deserve our support; we often talk about people during the good times but we also need to show solidarity in the difficult times as well. So, if you have not already done so, you can consider nominating them (as well as any other worthy candidates) for our IOG Awards - - and, when you have moment, simply drop them a line. It is such dedication and professionalism in difficult times that continue to propel our industry forwards. Enjoy the Olympics! COMMENT 3 CONTENTS 4-9 12-17 Industry News Feature - Eastern promise and Turkish delight 19 Feature - IOG Young Directors in Mansfield 20-21 Feature - A bright future for young people 23 Technical Update - Are you seeing red? 25-35 36-41 IOG SALTEX Preview Product Showcase - In Action 43-46 47 48 49-51 Maintenance Calendar Weather Recruitment Classifieds Geoff Webb, Chief Executive, Institute of Groundsmanship Editorial address: 28 Stratford Office Village Walker Avenue Wolverton Mill East Milton Keynes MK12 5TW Tel: 01908 312511 MANAGING EDITOR Colin Hoskins Tel: 01634 832 221 IOG MEMBERSHIP AND GENERAL ENQUIRIES Tel: 01908 312511 MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS Sue Fernandes Tel: 01908 312511 SUBSCRIPTIONS £65 UK £76 Europe £105 Rest Of World DESIGN TSP Media Gemma Brownhill ADVERTISEMENT SALES TSP Media Paul Hawkins Tel: 01952 234 000 FOLLOW US Twitter: @the_iog Facebook: search for Institute of Groundsmanship The Groundsman is published monthly by the Institute of Groundsmanship. 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