Forest Green Rovers FC, the world's most sustainable football club, has chosen to obtain the services of Complete Weed Control.
For the last five years, Forest Green Rovers' mission has been to become the greenest football team in the world. In fact everything about the club says green, from its name to its club strip to the idyllic rolling hills of the Cotswolds that provide a back drop to the club's stadium in the Gloucestershire town of Nailsworth.
Sustainability can be found in every corner of The New Lawn Stadium; you will find no red meat at the concession stands, solar panels power the stadium, a battery powered robot mows the pitch - and it is this organic pitch that Complete Weed Control have been assigned to keep in pristine condition.
Matt Rainey, head groundsman at Forest Green Rovers FC, is no stranger to Complete Weed Control. Matt has worked with the company for over a decade and when he landed the head groundsman's position at Forest Green Rovers, one of his first decisions was to bring Complete Weed Control on-board.
"The decision to bring Compete Weed Control over to Forest Green Rovers was a no brainer really. The service and aftercare has always been outstanding. They are always just a phone call away and always go over and above the call of duty," said Matt.
Complete Weed Control's role at the club has differed somewhat to the previous services they have carried out for Matt. In his previous positions, Matt has seen Complete Weed Control operatives applying treatments to eradicate all weeds and unsightly moss. However, Matt now does all of his weeding by hand, due to the club ethos of no pesticides.
But the eradication of weeds is just one of many services the Complete Weed Control team undertake. More and more clubs like Forest Green Rovers are turning to the company in order to carry out all 'spraying applications' on the pitch, which includes regular applications of fertilisers and soil amendments. It certainly means Matt has more time on his hands to concentrate on other tasks.
"We research and source every product that goes on to the pitch and that includes a feed consisting of our compost tea products. There are around ten products which need to be applied to the pitch and if I'm doing it with a walk over spray then that is literally a day gone. I just can't afford a day at the moment and with the guys from Complete Weed Control coming in - it means I can spend a day doing something else," says Matt.
As well has having the benefit of saving Matt time, he believes that the services of Complete Weed Control are extremely cost effective and also eliminate a great deal of stress.
"It's all the paperwork that comes with it that we don't have to deal with. By using Complete Weed Control, it certainly takes the headache out of health and safety. Plus they've got the correct equipment which doesn't warrant me spending our budget on."
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