Knapsack and handheld sprayers both have maintenance demands to keep them operating sweetly. The knapsack sprayer is overlooked as a tool despite its importance in groundscare and it should be part and parcel of any maintenance programme.
The Hampshire town of Aldershot is the ‘Home of the British Army’. The garrison, plus a wider urban population of 243,000, ensures that the local football team regularly attracts crowds in excess of 4,000, one of the highest in the National League. Currently ‘comfortably mid-table’, the club’s ambition to return to the EFL is aided by Head Groundsman James Smith. Lee Williams paid him a visit to find out more.
An employed team of groundsmen and gardeners tend to one of the UK’s premier racecourses. Jane Carley went to meet the team at Ascot to discover how Clerk of the Course Chris Stickels and his team prepare for a busy calendar of racing, including a very ‘Royal’ occasion
We face what is an unprecedented situation in modern times. In this month's diaries we address the key agronomic points relating to curtailed budgets and reduced staffing, due to efficiency savings and governmental advice.
Knowing such a marvellous house, gardens and grounds - with Robert Adam architecture and Chippendale furniture in abundance - and then learning about a certain “black-eyed lioness”, David Mears was pleased to visit the National Trust’s Nostell recently, not as a regular visitor this time, but to meet Paul Dibb, Garden and Park Manager