Harrogate Week News: Turf sector can benefit from changes in weather

Changes in UK weather patterns will be advantageous to golf course construction, contractor MJ Abbott contracts director Nigel Wyatt told BTME delegates.

He said: "When it rains, sports facility providers focus on their drainage systems, and when it's dry they consider irrigation."

Reporting an increase in water harvesting, Wyatt added: "Everyone is looking at collecting all available water from car parks, roofs, roads and clubhouses and recycling it.

"Local authorities are particularly keen to ensure this resource is not wasted. They appreciate that water going off-site is lost and they build water collection into their overall budgets."

The issuing of drought orders in 2006 by water companies made golf clubs realise how vital it was to have their own resource, he said. Huge amounts of money have been spent on updating irrigation, so clubs must have the water to feed these. During the 2006 drought, some clubs were forced to tanker water in at huge expense.

MJ Abbott has recently completed golf course projects at Sunningdale, Addington, Burchill and Burnham Beeches, which included the design and build of a new irrigation system.

This year sees its first construction of an artificial pitch through a tie-in with Charles Lawrence.

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