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Lawn Solutions Goes to the UK!

LSA UK Study Tour

Last week, we had the LSA UK Study Tour, visiting England’s most iconic sporting facilities, including Wimbledon, Lords Cricket Ground and more. Here’s a little sneak peek of the tour with more detail to be provided through Turf Talk and other communications.

A special thanks to Simon Hutton from Tillers Turf Company Ltd in the UK for helping put together this incredible trip.

On Sunday evening we officially launched the tour with all delegates attending the Welcome Reception at the London Wimbledon Hotel Broadway.

WIMBLEDON

On Monday we began our tour by jumping on the bus and heading to the home of tennis, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) at Wimbledon. We were hosted by the Head of Courts and Horticulture Neil Stubley who gave us a presentation and tour of the facilities and lawn surfaces.

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LORDS CRICKET GROUND

From Wimbledon, we headed to Lords Cricket Ground where we were hosted by Head Groundsman Karl McDermott. For fans of cricket this was a very exciting stop to see and we learned a lot about what goes into preparing the turf surface for big events like the Ashes.

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TWICKENHAM RUGBY STADIUM

We started day 2 by heading straight to the home of English Rugby – Twickenham Stadium. Here we were hosted by Head of Grounds and Technical Operations Jim Buttar who gave us incredible access to all areas, sharing their full turf management program and allowing us to spend some time out on the turf.

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SUDBROOK MOOR GOLF CLUB

From Twickenham we headed up North away from the London area to Sudbrook Moor Golf Club, owned by Simon Hutton of Fineturf and Tillers Turf.

Here we were met by delegates from the TGA UK (British Turfgrowers Association) where both LSA and the TGA presented to all in attendance, sharing an insight into each respective country’s industry. Finishing off the day with some golf on the driving range and putting greens, before drinks and dinner to finish off the day.

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TILLERS TURF

We jumped on the bus for day 3 of the UK Study Tour, with the day spent at Simon Hutton’s Tillers Turf in Newark. During the day we learnt all about the production, machinery and varieties grown and supplied to the UKMarket and the sporting facilities we have been visiting during our time here. Simon graciously showed us his extensive turf production locations, with a large number of exhibitors and machinery demonstrations also on display.In the evening we met up with the British growers once again for a dinner in Lincoln.

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JCB FACTORY

Earlier start for Day 4 with the tour heading to the JCB Factory in Rocester for a tour of their world headquarters. A massive facility rich in history with innovation and production of machinery leading the industry.

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MANCHESTER UNITED – OLD TRAFFORD

Then we were off to the home of the Red Devils, Manchester United Football Club and Old Trafford.
Head Groundsman Tony Sinclair presented to us inside the stadium providing us an insight into of one of the world’s most famous and successful sporting organisations. The ground is currently being resurfaced by Simon Hutton’s team at Fineturf.

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Fast train from Manchester back to London where we completed the tour and headed home or onwards. Thanks to all who have joined us on this insightful tour, we’re sure a great deal has been learned and international connections developed supporting the Australian turf industry into the future.

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