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EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS


Groundsmanship is a job where you want to get on and do everything to the highest standards, so it can be frustrating when we are rained off, although there’s always plenty to do!





The Waterfall, another new area of landscaping, complements the Warwick Hall behind, the school’s prestigious performance venue


another prestigious school and also had a spell outside the industry, agrees: “Groundsmanship is a job where you want to get on and do everything to the highest standards, so it can be frustrating when we are rained off, although there’s always plenty to do!”


“I’m very lucky to have a team that is so passionate about the job and that takes pride in what they do,” says Duncan. “There are eight hectares of natural turf, a significant task for a small team, and I would like to recruit some apprentices as I believe they could learn such a lot from the rest of the team.”


The main entrance - Duncan is considering swapping the planter for a topiary depicting the county emblem of a bear and ragged staff


Every pitch is in use every day and we have to be able to rest them sometimes. The 3G certainly helps to take the pressure off, but it’s important to work closely with the coaching teams to get the best out of the pitches


” New planting schemes include a lavender bed in the school’s blue and white colours 86 PC August/September 2019


Everyone feels the pressure from the sheer volume of pupils wishing to use the facilities, he admits. “In every year group, every single boy plays rugby, and the sports facilities adjacent to the new King’s High building will have greater use once they become more accessible to its pupils as they move to their new building on site. Generally, every pitch is in use every day and we have to be able to rest them sometimes. The 3G certainly helps to take the pressure off, but it’s important to work closely with the coaching


teams to get the best out of the pitches.” Plans are constantly evolving as Project One Campus progresses; currently, pupils use the sports fields for breaks, with proposals in place for a new play area which will alleviate another cause of wear. One sports field is in temporary use as staff car parking during the King’s High School construction and is likely to be converted into a synthetic pitch in the long term. The team is also responsible for the gardens, all mucking in to tackle projects on wet days.


“I’m aiming for impact and low


maintenance so plan to replace some of the established flowerbeds over time. We’ve just planted a new lavender bed showcasing the school’s blue and white colours in the main courtyard, and I’m looking at replacing a planter on the front circle lawn with a topiary depicting the county symbol of a bear and ragged staff. In time, we hope to have more resource available for the lawns as well. It’s a challenge and there’s lots of pressure but that’s a positive, driving us forward to deliver of our best,” he says.


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