When a new sand dressed synthetic carpet was installed at Eastbourne College, replacing the tired, 15 year old pitch, Head Groundsman Richard Maryan decided that with a new surface should come a new maintenance regime. Eastbourne College has two full size synthetic pitches that are primarily used for hockey matches.
The first sand filled pitch was installed there in 1995 by Bernhard’s Sports Surfaces, and has seen intensive use year on year ever since. Richard Maryan, who has been at the College since 1994, has learnt a thing or two by seeing the full life cycle of his first carpet from installation to removal. “When we had the first surface installed in 1995, it was a bit of a learning curve for us. Initially, all we used to do was brush the surface to remove leaves and debris. The health and safety aspects that are implemented into synthetic surface maintenance these days weren’t common place back then,” reflected Richard.
Simon Hall of Bernhard’s Sports Surfaces commented, “When Richard came to us to discuss having a new carpet laid, we recommended a sand dressed carpet made by EDEL Grass of Holland, who have developed the carpet in conjunction with a top Dutch hockey player, making it ideal for the requirements at Eastbourne.” Once the old carpet was replaced, Richard decided that he needed to invest in some equipment that would not only keep his new surface clean and match ready, but prolong it’s lifespan as well.
He knew through completing the I.O.G Synthetic Surface Maintenance course that there was only one choice when it came to purchasing the right piece of kit for the job. “I already had a Charterhouse Verti-Drain 7316, topdresser and a seeder for my natural turf that were all superbly built. I had seen in the press and at the trade shows that they had a renowned range of synthetic maintenance equipment as well,” commented Richard. “I contacted Charterhouse and they sent Product Manager, Curtis Allen, to come and see me.”