The recent Campey Turf Care Systems Demonstration Days held at Leigh Sports Village in Lancashire, followed two days later at Shrewsbury School in Shropshire, proved that there is no better way to get your point over than to show your machines in action. Over 180 people attended the two events from a fine mix of professional sports clubs including Port Vale FC and Shrewsbury Town Football Clubs, several large local golf and country clubs, and a number of schools and colleges. Sadly only two of the twenty Local Authorities invited were represented. Come rain or shine, the professional grounds care men and women and aspiring groundsmen (courtesy of an excellent turnout from Myerscough College) showed interest in equal measure for the theory behind sports pitch renovation as well as the practical application.
Hosts Campey Turf Care Systems were diligent in demonstrating the range of equipment available and in their explanation of how adopting best practice can make an enormous difference to the quality of the pitch. The full size pitch at Shrewsbury School in particular lent itself to the whole renovation process, beginning with a Koro Field top marker to remove poa annua, any thatch build-up and weeds to enhance rapid regeneration, followed by an application of sand and a pass with the Koro recycling dresser to aerate underlying soil vertically and horizontally before re-spreading the soil as a dressing. The Imants Shockwave and Rotoknife provided the deep aeration and decompaction processes leaving the ground ready for levelling with Koro speed harrows. After the Vredo 2.2mtr Sport Series Overseeder had finished its run, a final levelling with the harrow completed the task. The fact that all of the visitors stayed for the entire day to see the processes completed is a testament to their own professionalism and dedication to learn and keep ahead of the game.
Full details of this and other demonstration dates and venues can be found on their website at www.campeyturfcare.com.