Cricket groundsmen bowled over by aerators
Aerators and aeration techniques was the hot topic for discussion when a group of cricket groundsmen visited Groundsman Industries' factory in Northern Ireland recently.
Accompanied by ECB Pitches Consultant Chris Wood and five regional pitch advisors, they were given a potted history of the company from its humble beginnings in a shed at the bottom of the garden and a fascinating insight into the innovations that have led it to become the worldwide exporter of turf machinery that it is today.
Guests then had the opportunity to see the machines on the production line as they were given a guided tour of the company's new factory in Ballymoney.
Its pedestrian aerators are a popular choice for cricket groundsmen, largely due to their robustness. The heavy-duty machines are easy to operate and offer years of trouble free service with the minimum of maintenance. They perform well on fine turf causing minimal disturbance to the playing surface and use the patented elliptical plunge action mechanism to reach a consistent depth of up to 5".
The visit was organised by Synergy Products, the distributor of Groundsman products in England and follows the supply of 45 Groundsman model 345HD aerators to an ECB-funded programme to assist amateur groundsmen across the UK.
Photo: Groundsman Industries' Billy Warke and Brian Thompson (front row, second from right and far right) welcome the party of cricket groundsmen to their factory in Ballymoney.
For further information about Groundsman Industries range of pedestrian and tractor-mounted aerators, please visit www.groundsmanindustries.co.uk or www.synergyproducts.ltd.uk