Monthly Archives: December 2016

Managing time for creative idleness

A short piece to finish 2016 on after reading a very insightful and thought provoking article on ‘A brief history of time management‘, (Burkeman, Oliver, The Guardian, Thursday 22 December 2016). Work study to help improve efficiency and effectiveness is a subject area I would encourage all ground staff to become familiar with. All types of surfaces might be produced – but at what cost (in time and resource input)? Is the best use of resources being achieved? Are the end results fit for

Reflective learning: Building a more engaged industry

Reflective learning is an active process, something which has purpose. It is about being critical in a constructive self-reflective way and where the self-reflection is documented. This in itself can then be reviewed later on if need be as part of a further self-reflection activity. ‘What additional learning has taken place since I last reflected on this activity?’ ‘Have I added additional value in some way?’ One aim of reflective learning is to help gain better insight into an activity or

Reflecting on traditional practice (2)

So, we are reflecting on the need to mow bowling greens to the traditional height of 5mm (See Reflecting on traditional practice (1)). The context here is that we want a bowling green to provide a suitable level of playing satisfaction but within limited financial resources and reducing memberships. This is not considering greens which have large memberships and more available monies. What is the evidence? We don’t really want a particularly slow green, i.e. one which is less than 10 seconds

Reflecting on traditional practice (1)

Mowing bowling greens Why the drive to cut short? Received wisdom and tradition is that a short surface is one that is suitable for the game of bowls. This seems quite sensible and straightforward. However, an important aspect of reflecting in groundsmanship is to question and challenge assumptions and actions. This is a really important process to consider, especially due to what is happening in the industry and to bowling green provision: reducing numbers of experienced and well-qualified greenkeepers and

Pitch presentation: Impact on sustainability

Has the drive for a ‘perfect pitch’ negatively impacted on pitch sustainability? We all want to see a well-presented sports pitch, but have we taken our eye off the bigger picture of sustainability by trying to create a perfect pitch (however that actually is defined)? I’ve been thinking about the Performance Quality Standards framework which is used as an objective measure of the condition of a pitch. One of the three categories within the framework deals with ‘Presentational Quality’; the others