Peterborough Football & Sports Development Foundation (PFSDF) recently acquired the one hectare site but found it compacted and heavily worn. Cambridgeshire-based Sports Surface Consultant and groundsman Mel Pooley recommended Sports & Turf dressing be used to open up the pitches’ soil profile, improve drainage and help with seed establishment.
Sports & Turf is a blend of 80% sand and 20% of British Sugar TOPSOIL’s BS3882:2015 certified topsoil and was launched in November.
The sand is predominantly medium to coarse (67%) and sub angular in shape, which assists free drainage and promotes good integration into the surface of the turf. The soil within the blend contains both phosphorous and potassium, which contributes to soil fertility and encourages healthy growth.
Mel Pooley applied 80 tonnes of Sports & Turf once overseeding with a disc slit seeder had been carried out, ensuring good soil to seed contact. This aids germination and protects the seed from birds, British Sugar TOPSOIL said. Trials of the product at the Sports Turf Research Institute are due to end in June.
The seed is already establishing well and it is anticipated the pitches will be back in use this coming autumn.
Secretary of the Peterborough & District Football League Wendy Newey said: "The object of the PFDSF charity is to benefit the pubic generally, both in the UK and overseas, but in particular the inhabitants of Peterborough and its surrounding areas. We aim to promote community participation in healthy recreation by providing facilities for the playing of association football and other sports capable of improving health. The support received from British Sugar TOPSOIL at Nene Valley has been first class and we couldn’t have got to the stage we are currently at without them."
British Sugar TOPSOIL will be showing Sports & Turf for the first time publically at the forthcoming Horticulture Week Parks & Gardens Live event, on 28 June, at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire, which the company also supplies. It also plans to show its popular HortLoam and Landscape 20 products. Tickets are available now.
Sports & Turf has also recently been used on the famous lawns leading down to the River Cam at Kings College, Cambridge, which which needs to weather heavy footfall.