Good turnout helps make Turf Science Live event a success

The inaugural Turf Science Live event, held at the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) in Bingley, Yorkshire, was a huge success with nearly 100 per cent turnout.

Some 92 delegates, including greenkeepers from some of the country's top golf courses, attended the one-day event, which was organised by Syngenta, Scotts Professional and the STRI.

Attendees visited a circuit of seven demonstration stations, spending 25 minutes at each. They included: converting playing surfaces, with Keith Kensett of Kensett Sport; enhancing fairway turf quality, with Scotts' Simon Barnaby; the new STRI programme, by the STRI's Henry Bechelet; and Operation Pollinator, with Syngenta's Dr Simon Watson and STRI's Dr Ruth Mann.

Demonstrations were also given on the application of chemical products by Syngenta's Ben Magri and the use of fertilisers in fine turf management by Scotts' Ed Carter.

A tour of the onsite lab facilities was also given by Michael Baines and Julie Wheater at the STRI.

STRI chief executive Gordon McKillop said: "It's the first time we have held something like this and it has exceeded expectations. We had 95 people due to attend and 92 turned up - a great turnout.

"From the feedback that we have had it's been highly interactive, highly informative and just about the right length of time in each of the stations."

He added: "This is the best possible place for us to do this sort of thing. How we could do something similar away from here is something we need to consider. It certainly won't be the last time we do this sort of thing."

Syngenta head of turf and landscape business Simon Elsworth said: "The most important thing for us was the feedback. I sat in a couple of sessions where people brought in ideas that will help with research - it's about getting ideas back from people. We will sit down and review the feedback but I think we would like to look at doing it again next year."


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