IoG puts £40k into sustainable drainage systems guidance

The Institute of Groundsmanship (IoG) is pumping £40,000 into water management to help turf experts hone their understanding of sustainable drainage.

The three-year research study will result in design guidance for sustainable drainage systems for natural and synthetic turf pitches.

"This will be in line with sustainable drainage requirements and the impact of climate change," said a representative for the IoG.

The project has been drawn up by the Sports & Play Construction Association (SAPCA) and Loughborough University and is expected to cost £120,000.

The study will review current guidance, evaluate existing drainage systems, and look at water quality and environmental impact of pitch irrigation and drainage.

It will suggest design guidance, and Loughborough University will employ a full-time PhD student while SAPCA will offer industrial support and access to sites.

SAPCA members Mike Abbott and Dr Colin Young will work with the university's Dr Paul Fleming and Dr Matthew Frost and turf professionals for the study.

The Institute of Groundsmanship's contribution is being made from its 2012 Fund.

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