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The Broomfield Green - Out On A High Note

 

16th October 2009 - Renovation started mid October. Even after being scarified two ways the green was in a great condition at the end of 2009 season.

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16th October 2009 - The green was hollotined to improve surface drainage and continue the reduction of thatch, something which had been worked at for the previous two seasons.

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18th October 2009 - Seeded and then finally top dressed, two operations which have become standard on Broomfield to maintain a carpet like surface.

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15th November 2009 - Although disease was taking hold of many greens, Broomfield was shaping up nicely and was sprayed in November to keep fusarium at bay for a further six weeks.

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12th December 2009 - The 'Robin Dagger' deep probe aerator was used in December to improve natural drainage. A blast of compressed air at a depth of 20" opened up drainage channels that had become compacted. As a result of this moss was almost non existant come pre season.

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21st December 2009 - The coldest winter in 30 years, add to this a persistant fox digging holes, it wasn't the easiest of times to improve the green for the coming season.

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3rd April 2010 - By the time the 2010 season arrived the hours of clearing leaves and daily brushing was all worthwhile. The renovation and operations chosen had all worked well.

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5th April 2010 - To some it may have been money wasted but the green ended on a high and this photo is a fitting tribute to the condition that Broomfield was kept in for many years.

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27th May 2010 - Two days before the final match, by this point we all knew our time at Broomfield was coming to an abrupt end. The immaculate surface was still in tact but the running pace meant the green had once again become unforgiving.

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The final game on Broomfield took place on Saturday 29th May 2010 where the W&W Alliance team beat Selly Park by 104 shots.