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12.05am 22nd October 2002 - People

The Land Drainage Contractors Association Sportsturf Drainage and Turfcare seminars and demonstrations are to be held at BIGGA House on 7th November and at The Oxfordshire Golf Club near Thame on 14th November.

The seminars will review the latest techniques and current developments in drainage, construction, establishment, and aftercare for sportsturf surfaces, and will also be applicable to other types of leisure and amenity areas. The seminars will benefit everyone concerned with sports and amenity surfaces including local authorities; parks; groundsmen; greenkeepers; golf clubs; football and rugby clubs; sportsgrounds; racecourses and polo grounds; specifiers; and sportsturf and landscape contractors.

Now in their fifth year, these popular seminars bring together leading figures in the sportsturf industry in a comprehensive programme covering sportsturf construction, establishment and maintenance.

9.30 Registration and coffee

10.00 -1.15 Talks covering: Principles of Sportsturf Drainage; Contract Management; Sportsturf Construction; Establishment and Initial Aftercare; and Maintenance.

1.15 – 2.15 Lunch

2.15 – 4.00 Sportsturf Drainage Demonstration

4.00 – 4.30 General Discussion, Tea and disperse 

Speakers include: Jim Crabbe and Paul Burtonshaw from the LDCA; John Hacker and Andy Cole from Professional Sportsturf Design; and Noel Mackenzie and Tim Colclough from Grass Science.

A feature of the day will be a practical working demonstration of sportsturf drainage. Demonstrations will include techniques and machinery for pipe installation, sand slitting, vertidraining, gravel banding, and equipment for spoil conveying and backfilling.

The full programme and further details will be posted on the LDCA Web site

(Attendance at the seminar will qualify for three BIGGA CPD credits, and three BASIS points.)

The Seminar fee is £95 + VAT fully inclusive of all refreshments, lunch, and delegate pack with speakers notes.

For enquiries tel 01327 263264 or fax 01327 263265 or email or contact the Land Drainage Contractors Association, NAC Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LG.


Demand for places on STRI’s Golf One Day Specialist Courses, running from the 18-22 November, has exceeded all expectations. To cope with extra requests, STRI is running a second week for golf greenkeepers, golf course managers and the trade from 2-6 December 2003.

The programme “Your Passport to Perfect Golf Courses” contains 5 specialist one day training courses. Topics include:-

December 2nd –  Grasses

December 3rd –  Nutrition – How to Feed Your Turf

December 4th  –  Ecology

December 5th  –  Pests & Diseases

December 6th  –  Greens Construction & Irrigation 

Prices start from £60 plus VAT for the day. Discounts are available for bookings of two days or more. An optional accommodation package is also available. Contact Tim Nichols on 01274 565131 for bookings.


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