Founded in 1862, Clifton College in Bristol, Somerset is steeped in history. During the Second World War, the college became an operations base for the US Army and it was here that intelligence officers intercepted German radio messages and put the plans in place for D-Day.
Since the end of the war, Clifton College has blossomed into one of the UK’s leading independent public boarding schools with an excellent reputation for sport. The college has state of the art facilities and boasts two sports fields; a 60 hectare site two miles from the school and a 6 hectare site situated within the school’s grounds which plays host to a number of different sports.
Andy Matthews has been at Clifton for four years after joining from Harrow School where he held the same position. He manages both the grounds and gardens team which consists of three gardeners, six groundsmen, a mechanic and a handyman. A school of Clifton’s status has extremely high standards to adhere to and it is for this reason that Andy and his team insist on using only the finest turf products.
“I have been using Limagrain’s Action Replay on all of my dual surfaces at the college where rugby, football and cricket are played and I also use MM50 on my cricket squares. I have been very pleased with the rapid establishment of the seed and its development. The Action Replay mixture provides excellent value for money and good strong surfaces,” he said.
Action Replay is a product of Limagrain’s Designer range of amenity grass seed mixtures. It is renowned for extremely fast germination rapidly producing a dense hard wearing sward.
Andy uses MM50 which is a fine leaved ryegrass mix. It has fast establishment and quick recovery after play on his cricket squares which along with its high wear tolerance and excellent all round turf quality makes it an ideal mix for cricket.
Both the MM50 and Action Replay mixtures have the added bonus of being treated with HEADSTART® GOLD. This user friendly, non-toxic treatment can help grass get off to a great start and is perfect for enhancing performance on grass seed coatings for sports fields, golf courses, lawns and amenity turf.
As well as lavishing praise on Limagrain’s products, Andy was also keen to point out that he receives excellent customer service from the company.
“I have really enjoyed working with Matt Gresty (Amenity Manager for Limagrain UK) who has been very useful in helping me with seed selection. I would certainly recommend Limagrain products to others looking for similar solutions,” he said.
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