Keep your cutting edge - Seminars and workshops at Saltex 2008

A busy programme of seminars, workshops and demonstrations complement the modern equipment, technologies and tools displayed throughout the showground at this year's IoG Saltex exhibition.

Seminar sessions are planned for arborists, groundsmen and open space management professionals, including landscapers and play officers, and promise to provide the latest updates on all the issues that count.  In addition, a special series of football-related presentations includes a trio of seminars covering Cranfield University’s research into artificial surfaces, the Football Association’s strategy and the preparation of Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium for the Champions League Final.

Daily workshops look at hand-arm vibration risk management, trends in nutritional turf management programmes and tree management best practice.  There is also a daily focus on playground equipment and surfacing in line with changes to BS EN 1176/77.

Following the success of last year’s event, the Institute of Groundsmanship, in conjunction with a host of suppliers, is again staging a daily programme of practical, ‘back to basics’ demonstrations.

IoG’s head of professional services Ian Lacy, who is organising the Sports Turf Skills Village, says: Many visitors have commented on how useful these back-to-basics turf care sessions were – not only because they provide younger grounds care professionals with an insight into established turf care procedures and, in particular, the effectiveness of the Performance Quality Standards, but they also proved a useful reminder to the more experienced visitor.

Topics range from assessing Performance Quality Standards, marking out pitches and setting mower heights to aeration, scarifying and the calibration of fertiliser spreaders and top dressers.

In a new venture the members of the Agricultural Engineers Association join with the Ernest Doe Specialist Dealer Centre to create the AEA Live Machinery feature where a wide range of kit will be demonstrated, including the Profihopper, Verti-Drain and Reco’s Zero Turn mowers.

Daily programme: Back-to-Basics Turf Care Demonstration in the Sports Turf Skills Village:

10.00-10.30  Performance Quality Standard/Assessment of surfaces
10.30-11.00  Setting out / marking out
11.00-11.30  Pre-start/ Post operative checks to machinery
11.30-12.00  Setting height of cut
12.00-12.30  Mowing
1.30-2.00      Aeration
2.00-2.30      Scarifying
2.30-3.00      Fertiliser application
3.00-3.30      Topdressing

To see the full seminar programme click here.

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