The Groundsman

December 2012

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COMMENT the Groundsman December 2012 ROLL ON 2013 3 CONTENTS Earlier this year I recall being involved in joint initiatives with a range of organisations, including the water authorities, over the drought. Then we subsequently suffered months of incessant rain and, as we edge closer to 2013, are now expecting an arctic freeze. 4-5 6 IOG Industry News 25-27 BTME Preview 28-31 Feature – International Training & Education IOG expertise exported to Sri Lanka 34-35 Feature – Enviromental Carbon footprint – the shape of things to come 36-39 Feature – Manufacturer Profile The fruits of success 40-41 Feature – Weed Control The truth about Japanese Knotweed 42-43 Product Showcase In Action 44-45 Maintenance Calendar 47 Weather 48 Recruitment 49-51 Our first Race Evening, combined with the AGM, at Windsor was a great success and we look forward to repeating this in 2013. Industry Awards 18-24 The IOG Regional Advisors also deserve a mention. Each one offers so much value to the work of the IOG and to our regional structure, as well as to the wider industry. IOG Branch News 8-16 I have to mention the IOG Young Directors who this year have been an excellent group of ambassadors for the IOG and the groundsmanship profession. Also thank you to Ransomes Jacobsen which has been a fantastic sponsor of the Young Directors, and this included a trip for them to the United States. IOG SALTEX News 7 The dominating event of the year was, of course, the Olympics: take a bow all those groundsmen and those in the turf industry involved in the Games. Your efforts were outstanding and truly a credit to the industry. IOG News Classifieds This year's IOG SALTEX was always going to be difficult with the Jubilee and Olympics; the latter literally impacted on the footprint at Windsor Racecourse. However, we move forward with optimism for 2013 with a new sales and marketing team now in place. Despite the weather, the sun did shine on IOG SALTEX and we know we can improve going forwards. Our corporate partnerships continue to evolve and one of the most fascinating trips I have had the opportunity to undertake was to see the Cleveland Mine at Boulby. It took eight minutes to get to the bottom in the lift and there are 100 kms of tunnels leafing out to sea, where rock salt and potash are extracted. I thank Everris for organising a memorable visit. Our fourth Annual Conference and Awards was a great way to end the year. Thank you to all the sponsors, guests and members for your support. There were so many great finalists and winners but special mention must go to our Patron, Eddie Seaward MBE, for a much deserved standing ovation for the IOG Cleveland Land Services/AFT Trenchers Lifetime Achievement Award. It was the emotional moment of the year! Also, Keith Kent of Twickenham carried off three awards, including the IOG Alex R Millar DLF/Johnsons Groundsman of the Year Award among some outstanding competition. The accolades are a fantastic credit to Keith and his team at Twickenham. Throughout the year I have met and talked to many members who have helped the IOG immensely. I must thank Darren Baldwin of Tottenham Hotspur FC; he is always willing to get involved and help both the IOG and others. And Jason Booth at Leeds Rhinos is so proactive, with his young team always ready to help develop potential new talent. Thanks, too, to our volunteers like Rod Heyhoe a deserving winner of the IOG Volunteer Sports Groundsman of the Year Award. Finally, thanks to my board for the time and effort they put into the IOG, and to my staff who continue to stage outstanding events, work longer and harder than their contracts dictate, and put up with my constant demands. Have a great Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year. 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. 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.

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