"BEST OF BOTH WORLDS"
By Lynn Hilton
Natural turf or synthetic? Both have their place, and to prove the point, seven companies are jointly sponsoring Seminar/Demonstration Days in the South East of England, offering an opportunity to talk to the experts and learn the secrets of creating and maintaining quality playing surfaces - whether natural turf or synthetic.
The keynote speakers can both be relied upon for interesting, thought-provoking presentations:
Martyn Jones was Head of Turf Science at Myerscough College for over 20 years and has been a respected speaker in more than 20 countries. He is currently secretary of the British Turf and Landscape Irrigation Association, Education Co-ordinator for the European Institute of Golf Course Architects, part-time lecturer at Cranfield University, President of the Preston Branch of the Institute of Groundsmanship, and Founder Trustee of the National Turfgrass Foundation.
David Rhodes has 20 years' experience in the sports surfacing industry, specialising in both natural and synthetic turf. Amongst many qualifications he has an MSc from Reading University, and 10 years practical experience. He currently runs two successful consultancies from offices in Preston and Dorset.
The programme also includes "Choosing the Right Grass Cultivars & Mixtures"; Turfgrass Nutrition"; "The Causes and Management of Hydrophobic Soils"; "Balanced Management - The Cost Effective Solution"; "Artificial Turf - Another Option". Working demonstrations of the newest techniques in the mechanical maintenance of natural and synthetic turf surfaces will be presented by SISIS Equipment and TYM Tractors.
9.30am Registration & Coffee
9.45am "Achieving Effective Soil Aeration" by Martyn Jones
10.35am "Planning & Maintaining Synthetic Sports Surfaces" by David Rhodes
11.30am "Choosing the Right Grass Cultivars & Mixtures" British Seed Houses
11.50am "Turfgrass Nutrition" Scotts
12.10pm "Balanced Management - The Cost Effective Solution" Farmura
1.15pm "The Causes and Management of Hydrophobic Soils" Avoncrop
1.35pm "Artificial Turf - Another Option for Sports Surfaces" SIS
2.00pm Working demonstrations of the newest techniques in the mechanical maintenance of natural and synthetic turf surfaces SISIS , TYM Tractors
19th September Radley College, Abingdon, Oxon.
20th September, St.Albans School, Herts.
21st September, HSBC Sports & Social Club, Beckenham, Kent.
The day is free of charge with lunch provided. Tickets from Lynn Hilton firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01625 503030. "Best of Both Worlds" is a recognised BASIS/NRoSo/CPD Seminar with BASIS points awarded for attendance.