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CONTENTS Contents


MULTI SPORTS A true vocation


For over forty years, Peter Craig has served in what he views as his vocation. Like many who have worked in this industry for such a long period of time, he has a genuine passion for what he does, arguably just as much now as he did when he was first blown away by the Old Trafford cricket pitch in the mid-seventies. P70


SUMMER SPORTS The heart of the village ...


In the pretty Staffordshire village of Abbots Bromley, teamwork has seen an ambitious plan to create a new community sports hub grow from vision to reality. Pitchcare caught up with joint Trustee and Chairman, John Stevenson, to discover more about how the project is progressing. P80


SCHOOLS & COLLEGES Unashamedly sporting


Holmewood House, a non-selective boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 3-13, is set in thirty-two delightfully green acres on the southern fringe of Kent’s famous spa town Tunbridge Wells. It aims for 100% pupil participation in sport, regardless of ability. Neville Johnson went there to meet David Tankard, the man in charge of grounds maintenance. P96


EQUESTRIAN


Derby dreams dominate at Epsom


Home to the Investec Derby, and synonymous with Flat racing for even the most casual follower of the sport, Epsom Downs is used to being in the news. But last year it hit the headlines for the wrong reasons when its September meeting was abandoned at the 11th hour due to an infestation of chafer grubs causing unsafe footing. P104


PUBLIC PLACES Holme is where Mike’s heart is


Set in fifty acres of gardens in the Wye Valley, Holme Lacy is one of Herefordshire’s treasures and a hotspot for visitors all year round. Garden supervisor, Mike West has spent a generation steering the gardens to their award-winning status. P110


The Lensbury


PUBLIC PLACES Built on innovation


Supply and demand is a core concept in business. With rainfall occurring on an average of just forty-four days a year, and situated close to the Pacific Highway - the main route between the Californian cities of San Diego and Los Angeles - Edwin J Hunter and his son Paul chose a perfect location for a startup company consisting of just thirteen employees; San Marcos. P120


TECHNICAL Time to be proactive


In recent years, we’ve seen a continually changing landscape in our industry, relating most notably to the chemical armoury we have available to us. David Lawrence, Grounds Manager, and John Lawrence, Assistant Grounds Manager at Edgbaston Priory Club, spoke to Kerry Haywood about the changes they are making. P126


It’s the name of the game


With the huge growth of online sales in recent years, the aeration market has become filled with a mass of products for ponds, lakes and reservoirs. It’s almost too easy to get caught up in the volume of options available, so how do you find the right product for you? P136


Pesticides of the future In the last issue, Maxwell Amenity


Technical Manager John Handley, stated that the case in favour of chemical pesticides is that they have worked in the past. But, the inherent disadvantages that accompany their use - widespread toxicity, secondary pests, resistance and escalating costs, has brought us to the point where there is a need to use alternatives. P140


Ryan Golding, Head Groundsman, Leeds Rhinos RLFC and Yorkshire Carnegie RUFC


Holmewood House School


Also in this issue Editorial


News


Sharks and Dolphins II Would you rehire?


Finding different ways Pitch perfect A bug’s death! Product News Offside


Diary and Quotes PC April/May 2019


Pebble Beach


Epsom Downs Racecourse


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