Haugesund on the west coast of Norway has recently received a shipment of 7500 square metres of Lokturf from Lindum for the renewal of their football stadium.
The relationship between Stephen Fell of Lindum and Johnny Trandem of Ostfold Gress in Norway has over recent years resulted in 3 pitches for Norway and one for Sweden.
Johnny who is a well respected turf grower in Norway is unable to supply turf for football stadiums in their closed season because he is always frozen up.
The recent project in Haugesund came about when the investor group who had bought the ground from the local community approached Trandem to assist in a much needed reconstruction. He in turn decided to use the fibre reinforced Lokturf from Lindum and advised the owners to engage the services of Steve Baker as a consultant on the reconstruction.
Two teams play at the ground, one in the first league and one in the second league. To play in highest league in Norway it is a requirement to have under soil heating and lights which are all part of the £15 million rebuild.
The last matched was played in November before a team went to work to remove the existing pitch and rebuild a new profile with drainage and under soil heating to Baker's specification.
23 loads of 40mm thick Loksand fibre reinforced turf grown with a hardwearing sports mixture left the Lindum nursery on 6th and 9th April for the 3 day journey via Immingham and road.
Speedily laid by Trandem's team, the new owners are very satisfied with the first fibre reinforced pitch in Norway, and the home crowd were delighted with a win in the first match played only 10 days after installation.