Job Done - Turfing a medieval castle courtyard at Warwick Castle

Project: Turfing Warwick Castle courtyard
Client: Warwick Castle, run by Merlin Entertainments
Contractor: Whitehall Landscapes

Warwick Castle wanted to overhaul the soft landscape on its main courtyard, a grubby swatch of grass, to improve the general aspect of stone frontage, the towers and crenellations.

Whitehall Landscapes, based in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, was appointed to remove the existing grass from the area, which was used for general events, and replaced it with 2,500sq m of new turf.

Landscapers stripped the existing surface with turf-cutting machines before importing 60,000 tonnes of sand, soil and rootzone, and rotovating it into the ground. Managing director Ian White said: "Working in the public eye is never easy, and we had to be careful on such a historic site."

White used Rolawn Medallion turf and, because of the large expanse to be covered, his team laid large-format 13sq m rolls. His staff used the Medallion Turfmaster Roll format - manual and tractor-mounted laying equipment - to reduce labour time and to ensure rapid establishment. The job took just under a week to complete.

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