More than 130 groundsmen attended the second ever Dennis and SISIS’ Cricket Pitch Renovation Day at Cheltenham College.
The event, which was supported by Boughton Loam, CricketWorld.com, Stuart Canvas, Limagrain UK, Lister Wilder, Poweroll and Headland Amenity featured a mix of thought provoking indoor presentations and outdoor practical demonstrations.
GCB clubs and programmes officer Eric Woodmason said events like these are not just beneficial to groundsmen have a positive impact on cricket as a whole.
He said: “My main desire out of this is that club groundsmen gain experience and knowledge of what they need to do on their grounds and hopefully that their grounds will improve as a result. This in turn, will get more people wanting to play cricket because if there is a good ground to play on, cricket becomes even more enjoyable.”
Speakers on the day included Turf consultant Alex Vickers and leading contractor Keith Exton who both discussed autumn renovations.
Delegates were also introduced to the Soil Core Clinic, an innovative feature where Keith and Ian Smith (St Albans School Turf Consultant) examined a number of soil profiles brought to the event by delegates, live on a big screen.
After a complimentary lunch the delegates made their way outside onto the famous College Ground for a series of practical demonstrations. The three workshops focused on a variety of techniques that would be beneficial for cricket groundsmen including aeration, seeding, brushing, top dressing and scarifying.
For a video from the event please click below: