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Last updated - 07 December 2018 20:07
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The expertise and dedication of Burleys for its work at Crouch BC, Sussex, has been recognised this year by the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Industry Awards by winning the major industry accolade against nationwide competition.
In a prestigious 10th Anniversary Awards ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, hosted by talkSPORT radio presenter Mark Saggers, the awards were presented in front of an audience of more than 650 of the UK’s and Europe’s leading grounds care experts, as well as dignitaries from the governing bodies of sport and influential sports administrators.
Ground maintenance specialist Burleys has a team of 40 staff covering contracts in East Sussex involving shrub, grass and weed management, on-site gardeners as well as fine turf maintenance and was presented their award by IOG chief executive
 Geoff Webb.

This includes the management of a range of sports grounds, including the Olympic rugby training pitches at Brighton University, tennis courts, cricket and football pitches, plus championship bowling greens such as those at the Crouch Bowling Club - which plays over 70 fixtures a year including national and county competitions as well as local and knock out competitions. 

Burleys’ team of four greenkeepers ensure the greens are maintained to high standards by regular mowing, spiking, fungicide applications, ditch cleaning and watering, as well as autumn and spring renovations involving, for example, deep scarification, grading and topping up with sand, plus applications of fertiliser, loam, iron and seeding. 

In particular, the company makes a point of reducing thatch on the greens, to minimise the presence of leatherjackets and thus reduce the need for pesticides. Garlic-based products are included in the regime to deter worms and nematodes, and the fertiliser is seaweed-based. Also, always with an eye on improvement, Burleys has this year used an Air2G2 air injection machine to good effect on dispersing the worm population. 

Burleys contested the Bowling Grounds Team/Person of the Year Award with the Rolls-Royce Leisure Association, Derby. 

Commenting on the high standard of award winners, IOG chief executive Geoff Webb, says: “Having this year suffered extreme weather conditions, with the winter’s ‘Beast from the East’ through to this summer’s unprecedented record heatwave, the climate has tested groundsmen to their limits.  

“It has not been easy, yet we have seen how fantastic our profession is and, against all the odds and on a daily basis battling against the elements, this year’s awards had a fantastic array of nominees who have all achieved very high standards. I applaud everyone and thank them for their efforts in creating amazing playing surfaces.”

Bowls England is delighted to announce Ilminster BC in Somerset has been named ‘Club of the Year’ for 2018.  The prestigious title, generously supported by Drakes Pride, is awarded annually to the club that is judged to have shown the greatest efforts to promote the club, increase membership and work with the local community.  Ilminster BC, runners up in the competition in 2017, demonstrated continued improvement to beat off stiff competition from runners-up Peacehaven & Telscombe BC (Sussex) to claim the title.

Congratulations to Peacehaven & Telscombe BC for coming second in this prestigious competition.

We are pleased to announce that Mark Strong has been appointed as the Middleton Cup and Home Counties League manager.  We wish him well in the 2019 season.

As we have been unable to fill the post of Under 25s manager, there will be no Under 25s fixtures in 2019.


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