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EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS


Scott Danter, seen using the 3100-D triple, comes from a cricket club background, and admits that getting to grips with winter sports has been a ‘steep learning curve’


the pitches; the sprayer also gives us a lot more options where using granular products would be restricted by a lack of irrigation,” comments Matt. An extensive overseed was carried out last summer, with five pitches also getting winter mixes. “We’ll overseed again during the renovations,” comments Duncan. “I’m looking to trial four seed mixes and four feeds between the two pitch areas that get the same amount of wear to gauge the differences. I’d love to have more trial plots, but time is the issue - it should be easier next year.”


He is also continuing to gather data on turf wear: after looking at the rugby pitches this year, cricket will follow.


Duncan has recruited a team with a broad range of skills. Scott Danter started on the same day as he did last year, and brings experience as a cricket club groundsman, although he admits that learning to care for winter pitches has been a “steep learning curve”.


“There’s so much to get to grips with, such


Duncan inspects a wicket - pupils get experience of high profile fixtures so standards must match up


as aeration, and how to get the best from our new borehole. This winter we will also have new machines to get used to, but we are keen to do as good a job as possible.” Matt came from another school, and comments that, while he had to cope with sports fields on several sites in his previous role, the demand for pitches is greater at Warwick School.


“It requires a lot more planning to find slots for maintenance, but the improvement to facilities and the investment in machinery is very good for morale. We no longer have to rely on contractors so we can get jobs, such as verti-draining, done at the optimum time.” Grounds and Landscape Garden Assistant, Tom Cullen, splits his time 50/50 between the two areas and comments: “We’re benefitting from the investment in equipment and the new team so we can push forward for higher standards. You have to take the highs and lows - we can be working for a whole week to prepare for a cricket match and then it can be called off!” Charlie Seager, who has worked at


We’re benefitting from the investment in equipment and the new team so we can push forward for higher standards. You have to take the highs and lows - we can be working for a whole week to prepare for a cricket match and then it can be called off!





The Junior Square has been fully drained and, after hot conditions affected the secondaries, additional sanding has achieved excellent results


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