Job Done - Total overhaul of Bradfield College cricket pitch

Project: Stripping, reseeding and applying new loam to cricket pitch, Berkshire

Client: Bradfield College

Contractor: Campey Turf Care Systems, Souters Sports, Surrey Loams

Contractors have breathed life into a tired, worn-out surface to turn it into a high quality cricket crease and outfield at Bradfield College in Berkshire.

Estate manager Anthony Hough said: "There were two distinct problems: the condition of the square was very poor because of layering in the profile making it slow and low. Secondly, the outfield had a serious thatch problem, which is not conducive to good cricket. Different types of uncompatible loam led to root break and separation between the layers."

Contractors Souters Sports worked with Campey Turf Care Systems and used Surrey Loam's GOSTD product for the job to remove the top layers and blend in new loam.

The contractors used a two-metre Koro by Imants TopMaker to remove 35mm of thatch and moss, and then seeded the exposed surface with the Vredo compact 214 disc seeder.

"Drilling the seed into the ground using the seeder gave really quick establishment and a very high germination rate as well as accuracy," said Hough.

Around 200 tonnes of Mansfield MM45 sand was top-dressed on to the outfield, which was then vertidrained, brushed, fertilised and rigged up with pop-up sprinklers.


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