The latest event, which was held at Backworth Miners Welfare Bowls Club in Newcastle upon Tyne and co-hosted with Greenlay Grass Machinery, was attended by nearly 40 greenkeepers as well as local authority personnel all eager to learn more about the maintenance of bowling greens.
The event was started with an introduction and welcome from Ewen Wilson, Dennis and SISIS area sales manager. This was followed by a presentation from Patrick Hulbert of Bowls International magazine, and a former international player, on what players want from their bowling green. Patrick then gave attendees an update of Bowls England, the sport’s governing body.
The morning session was concluded by an ‘on the green’ demonstration of the bowling green maintenance equipment from both Dennis and SISIS focusing on the benefits scarification, aeration, verticutting, brushing and cutting bring to a green.
After lunch, Matt Gresty from Limagrain discussed choosing the correct grass seed for a bowling green along with spring maintenance and how to control weeds and moss before Alan Ronaldson from Dennis and SISIS gave an in-depth presentation on mower maintenance, service intervals, and tell-tale signs of neglect & what to look out for.
“We had some very positive feedback from attendees, who said that they found the day informative and interesting,” commented Ewen Wilson. “We have a strong track record of hosting these educational seminars and we are looking forward to hosting further seminars for greenkeepers and groundsmen in later in the year.”
Mr Blacklock from North Tyneside local authority said: “I’ve found the day to be very useful and informative with excellent presentations and worthwhile attending. I do not have a lot of experience in this field and have recently started some courses on turf maintenance. The seminar was not overwhelming and it was pitched at the correct level.”
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