Oakland College Hosts major BIGGA Education Seminar

BIGGAin Association News

On the 20th of February Oaklands College at St Albans, Hertfordshire held its annual BIGGA/Oaklands Golf Greenkeeping seminar.


Over 125 attendees from the Golf and Sports Turf industries were addressed by Jim Croxton CEO of BIGGA and then treated to 3 outstanding presentations, the first by Gary Lee, Grounds Manager at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

Gary, (a former Greenkeeping  of Oaklands) discussed his role at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the challenges involved in a multi-use venue which included an insight into the incredible engineering behind the world’s first 3-part moveable pitch and its maintenance.

This was followed by Dr Deborah Cox, Managing Director, Lagan Valley Scientific. Deborah flew in from her base in Belfast to deliver a presentation on two important groups of organisms found in turf rootzones; Clarireedia spp (commonly referred to as Dollar Spot), and Subanguina spp (the root-gall plant parasitic nematode.) Attendees were then addressed by Richard Windows

Head of Sustainable Agronomy: Championship Venues at the R&A who discussed how the R&A work with the major clubs to ensure events such as The Open are carried it with minimal environmental impact and the ambition to move towards net zero.


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