Monthly Archives: October 2015

Inspiration for my project work

H818 Activity 1.6: Presentations and papers to inspire my project work This activity includes looking at some research which is starting to inform and inspire me on my project direction: Visual Understanding Environment ALTC Blog ‘Understanding How People Learn’, July 6, 2015 8:22 am ‘Adapting online learning resources for all: planning for professionalism in accessibility’,, Research in Learning Technology Richard Mather, ‘A mixed-methods exploration of an environment for learning computer programming’ Research in Learning Technology 2012,

How many people work in Groundsmanship?

This is a tricky one to work out because there are many roles which will cover different activities but here goes: The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) uses Standard Occupational Classification (SOC 2010) to classify working occupations, with ‘Groundsmen and greenkeepers’ having and SOC of 5114, within the Skilled trade category. As a comparison Gardeners and landscape gardeners are 5113, and Horticultural trades are 5112. Statistics for August 2015 indicate that there are 29,000-30,000 people employed as a groundsman or greenkeeper (this

What is Groundsmanship?

Good question. This word doesn’t appear in the OED (Oxford English Dictionary), [online]. The term ‘Groundsman‘ (noun) is defined as: ‘One who is employed to keep in order a ground or grounds, esp. a cricket ground.’ Chambers dictionary (12th edn) provides a similar definition of  a ‘Groundsman’ as ‘a person whose job is to take care of a cricket ground or a sportsfield’. Maybe some old turf specific literature might be more helpful, but no mention in ‘Practical Lawn Craft’ by R.B.