Busy Week with Lawn Solutions Australia for an Educational UK Tour.

Monday.

The week started at Wimbledon, with a presentation and site tour by Neil Stubley, John Entwistle William Brierley & Matt Elverson. We were given a fabulous insight into the 12 months of court maintenance, and preparation for the lead-up to the Wimbledon Championships. Our second visit of the day was to Marylebone Cricket Club (Lords Cricket Ground) Head Groundsman Karl McDermott shared his secrets about how he presents the superb wickets and outfields at The Home of Cricket

Tuesday.

The morning started at Twickenham Stadium with an access all areas Stadium Tour with Ian, followed by a detailed explanation by Jim Buttar of his Agronomy program, pitch preparation techniques and hands on insight into the equipment that he uses to present the pitch at Twickenham. We then travelled 120 miles north to Fineturf HQ & Sudbrook Moor Golf Club for an afternoon/evening of presentations and interaction between the Lawn Solutions Australia Grower members and the UK Turfgrass Growers Association (TGA). The evening activities included a putting competition, the longest drive competition on the driving range followed by a traditional hog roast and a few beers…

Wednesday.

197 attendees of Lawn Solutions Australia & Turfgrass Growers Association Members continued their interaction with a morning Turf Farm Tour at Tillers Turf Company Ltd by Richard Owens. The tour consisted of harvester demonstrations and insight into 7 of the 26 products that Tillers Turf produce on our farm in Nottinghamshire. A traditional ploughman’s Lunch was served before an afternoon of working Demonstrations & Presentations by TGA Associate Members. In the evening 163 Members enjoyed a Gala Dinner at Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Lincoln.

Thursday.

Alicia Lewis General Manager of Fineturf & good friend Lasse Jensen CEO of Grupo ESDAV from Portugal escorted the Lawn Solutions Australia Members to JCB for a Factory Tour and Lunch. In the Afternoon they travelled further north to Manchester United, to meet Tony Sinclair Grounds Manager for the Stadium and Training Facilities for MUFC. Tony gave a detailed overview of his nutrient programs, and maintenance techniques & a step-by-step discussion was had to talk about the End of Season Maintenance Works that were being carried out that week by Fineturf on his 6-time award Winning Surface at Old Trafford.

The Lawn Solutions Australia Educational UK Tour provided invaluable insights into world-class turf management. From Wimbledon to Old Trafford, industry experts shared their expertise on maintaining iconic sports grounds and strengthening international connections within the #Turf industry and community, a fantastic and rewarding experience for everyone involved.