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Pitch Renovations

Dave Saltman gives an update on how the pitch renovations have gone

17 May 2017

Shrewsbury Town’s pitch renovations are in full swing with the new season now less than three months away.

At the end of the 2016/17 season a number of Shropshire FA and Corporate games were held on the Greenhous Meadow surface, but the grounds staff got their hands on it last week and have wasted no time in starting renovations for next season.

Dave Saltman, Managing Director of Maxwell Amenity LTD, has been overseeing the work and told ShrewsWeb about the process involved.

“Starting in the middle of last week the lads came in and stripped the vegetation off with the special machinery and equipment”, Saltman said.

“Then we spread about 120 tonnes of fibre elastic root zone onto the pitch to help the stability. Then we cultivated it in using a power harrow and then rolled it in to try and consolidate it before we tried to get the grading right.

“Unfortunately the rain came on, which put paid to the work on the Friday, but by Saturday we had finished final grading and it was seeded and fertilised.”

Dave is pleased with the work that has been undertaking and is now hoping for some warm weather to help get the grass growing before the Rod Stewart concert.

“The lads have done well”, said Dave.

“They are working around the grounds at lots of different venues because it’s the busiest time of year, so they haven’t got time to mess about and they’ve done a really good job to get it in the ground.

“We’ve basically got 17 days now before the event organisers (Rod Stewart concert) arrive to cover the pitch.

“What we need now is warmth to get the grass coming through properly before the concert flooring goes down and then we’ve only got another four weeks after that to get it ready for the first pre-season game.”

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