Dampney paid tribute to Tim Fell telling 60 members how Fell had helped TGA member-grown turf be included landscaping contracts for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Fell's other achievements include the negotiation of a discretionary 28 day exemption for newly laid turf in the event of drought orders being imposed.
The one day event, sponsored by Trebro, began with a diverse programme of presentations, including Austrian turf grower Alex Richter of Richter Rasen who told the guests about turf production at his 120ha site in Burgenland, Austria and in Zahorie, Slovakia, along with a potted history of his company which was founded more than 100 years ago.
John Dye of Scott Pallets stimulated debate by proposing the creation of a pallet pool for TGA members, enabling them to reduce both costs and the volume of waste deposited in landfill.
The morning session was rounded off by Ian True, sales manager for Trebro Manufacturing, introducing the company’s Trebro AutoStack and SC 2010 Roll automatic stacking turf harvesters.
Members travelled to the turf nurseries at Turfland to see both superb machines in action under the supervision of the
The TGA’s biennial turf show, which is being hosted by J&B Farnaby near Scotch Corner on 28 and 29 June. See www.turfshow.co.uk.