Sportsfield Surfaces

3 May 2010

Our recent run of dry weather has wreaked havoc on our sportsfields, and now careful management of the surface is needed.

The Council's Sportsfields Manager, Trevor Jackson, says with less than half the average rainfall for this time of year soil conditions in sportsfields are rock- hard and in danger of losing significant grass cover.

"Now we've had heavy rain the ground is so hard the water will slowly sink into the first few millimetres of the field and run off," says Trevor.

"The rock-hard base, and little grass, could create very muddy surfaces.

"Careful management of the fields over the early part of the season will be critical in avoiding major problems later on in the season.

"To help ease the damage we're asking people to limit, or alternate, training sessions and train on the side of fields as much as possible."