NEW SUPERMARKET UPGRADES FOOTBALL FACILITIES
Shaftesbury FC, 40mins from Bournemouth and currently playing in the Dorset (Elite Teamwear) Premier League, vacated its old ground last May to make way for developers. Having filled the beginning of the season with temporary away games, from November they will be playing on a brand new pitch with a 250 seated stand, which will take them into the next league (Wessex) should they be promoted.
"The supermarket chain basically had to provide the club with the same or better facilities than they had already," says John Pierson, of John Pierson Ltd. who was contracted to construct the new pitch. "Now, for a small league club they've got quite a smart stadium."
John Pierson stripped the surface from the new site, removing six to eight inches of topsoil before re-grading the sub base and installing a land drainage system. The company then screened the original topsoil, re-spread it, laser graded and turfed using 8,000 sq metres of Lindum's L.T.6. football mixture.
After nine days the new sward received its first cut, and such was the warm weather, that cutting continued every five to six days, right into October.
John Pierson Ltd. (who gravel banded the new pitch following turf laying, to link the surface to the new drains) hand the ground over to the club on 10th November, but will continue to maintain it until the end of the season. By then, Shaftesbury F.C's new stadium could be needed to take them into the next division.
For further information on Lindum's L.T.6., football mixture, call the company on Tel: 01904 448675 or visit their website at: www.turf.uk