The England training camp's immaculate pitches in Poland are hitting the headlines, thanks to a remarkable transformation of the site ahead of Euro 2012.
Sporting pundits are heaping praise on Hutnik Nowa Huta football club's new Premier League-standard playing surface, pictured here. But which choice of grass seed helped achieve such impressive results?
Barenbrug - that's who.
Eight months ago, the Kraków club's pitches were worn and muddy. The FA tasked STRI with creating a world-class surface for the England team to train on that would also leave a lasting legacy for Hutnik.
STRI chose to grow the pitch from seed, using a combination of Barenbrug's BAR 7, BAR 8 and BAR 50 SOS sports mixtures. With the team working through Poland's coldest winter for 40 years to deliver the pitch on time, BAR 50 SOS' cool soil temperature germination characteristics certainly proved a wise choice.
Seventy-five bags of Barenbrug grass seed have gone to Hutnik, while a further four tonnes of Royal Barenbrug Group seed is being used across Polish and Ukrainian Euro 2012 tournament venues. This includes the Warsaw National Stadium, which plays host to the opening game between Poland and Greece on 8 June.
Barenbrug is the UK's leading grass seed breeder and has been breeding grass varieties and producing mixtures for professional golf, sports and amenity users for over 100 years. It counts the likes of St Andrews Golf Links and Premier League football clubs including Manchester City among its myriad high-profile customers.
A comprehensive trials, research and development programme - both in the UK and as part of the Royal Barenbrug Group's global programme - is what makes Barenbrug different. From initial pot trials and testing at the company's Cropvale UK research site, to field testing at customer venues the length and breadth of the country, no other grass seed breeder boasts such a rigorous and wide-reaching research and development programme.
The result is mixtures tailored to specific applications, and regional conditions and climates. The company also aims to produce all its grass seed to the Higher Voluntary Standards (HVS), which is unique to the UK and guarantees a higher level of purity than EU standards. Couple this with expert technical support and hands-on advice, and it's no wonder Barenbrug is the grass seed of choice among turf professionals.
Barenbrug UK headquarters is based at Rougham Industrial Estate, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 9ND. Telephone 01359 272000, fax 01359 272001, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.barenbrug.co.uk.