Author Archives: ChrisG63

The Management and Practice of Sustainability

“Society is widely acknowledged as having many detrimental impacts on the planet; sustainability offers a pathway to mitigate these impacts.“ This was the start of the abstract for my MSc research project back in 2009/10: Whilst we see the term ‘sustainability’ mentioned every day, I would have thought that by now society and my own industry would have been thoroughly engaged with the concept and would be implementing sustainable practices and management plans as a matter of routine. How wrong

Carbon Footprinting and Climate Change

Just a quick reflection on a recent event: With the meeting of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) in South Korea on 8th October 2018, the summary statement was  that “Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, …….. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, …..” I

Assessment for long-term learning and recall

This is an interesting one in which there are plenty of different opinions and theories on the most appropriate way to assess learners. Building a knowledge base is essential if an individual is to learn effectively. The process of learning and then assessment of that learning, formatively and summatively including providing  appropriate learner feedback, will demonstrate how effective the inputs have been to achieve the desired outcome of long-term learning and memory recall. Daisy Christodoulou presents a persuasive case in

Lawn comparison – 1 year on

With the extreme weather we’ve had this year – extended dry periods and practically no rain through June and July, along with only a little in August, I thought a comparison of my lawn with what it was like exactly one year ago would be useful. The background story for this year for my lawn has been that all that has been done to it is mow at 40mm, with clippings always being boxed off; a few trimmings of the

Beyond IPM (Part 3 of 3)

Weed management Weeds that are present in a sports turf or fine ornamental lawn will generally only provide a very low health and safety risk due to reduced turf strength, potentially producing either a slippery surface or one which provides less traction (or grip) for a player. This could increase the potential for minor injuries from twists and falls, but the likelihood of injury would be very small. Moss and algae can pose a higher risk in some areas, especially