Mike Beardall 1952-2014

With sadness and regret we report the death on Sunday 14 December of Mike Beardall, journalist, photographer and former editor of The Groundsman.

Mike Beardall
Mike Beardall
Mike's lifetime media career began as a reporter on the Banbury Guardian in Oxfordshire. His journalist talents took him to other newspapers in the Midlands before moving south and taking up the post of group chief sub-editor and the production editor for Surrey & South London Newspapers.

The 1980s saw him working for the Daily Mail Group, later becoming chief sub-editor on Weekend magazine. In 1982 he worked on the launch of the Mail on Sunday, followed by sub-editing of the Sunday Express, Daily Express and Daily Star and then back to local newspapers as deputy group editor at Surrey & West London Newspapers.

In the 1990s, as managing editor of Merlin Publications, Beardall launched national magazines Home Business and Your Business. His own business, Oakfield Media, was established in 1995 and offered a full publishing, public relations and media training service. More recently he published newsletters for Speedcut Contractors and Rigby Taylor/Top Green and took on the publicity for BLEC and DJ Turfcare, while continuing with photography and writing for trade and consumer magazines and newspapers

But for the turf, parks and sportsgrounds industries, Beardall will be best remembered as editor of the Institute of Groundsmanship's journal The Groundsman, a post he held for 11 years. During this time he interviewed top groundsmen, described the latest product launches and delved into the practices of turf management at all levels from school pitches to premiership venues.

Not one to miss a show, Beardall could be spotted at BTME, Saltex or regional turf shows, balancing on a chair to get the best possible photograph of the latest equipment for his readers. Over the years he gained an enviable knowledge of the turf and ground care industries and liked nothing better than painting the full picture in his features and all the time promoting the industry.

Beardall will be remembered for his dignity, integrity and gentility, respected for his journalism and professionalism and as being always ready to help his colleagues and the industry. He leaves a son, Ben, daughter Kate and grandchildren Harmony and Ed.

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