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Pitch Work Progressing

15 June 2015

Work on the JD Stadium pitch commenced last week...

Work is progressing on the pitch and in the next few days slit drains will be installed and will be connected to the drains below the pitch that were installed last season. 

Slit drainage offers an alternative way of getting water away from the surface of the pitch. The installation of slit drains creates permeable regions at regular intervals across the playing surface, providing a permeable connection between the soil surface and the drain pipes. Projects are surveyed, carefully designed and installed using an automatic laser controlled slit trencher. 

The pitch has also been made 3m wider in order to encourage and develop our free flowing style of football which is often played out wide. 

Once the slit drains have been installed the reseeding can take place. The work on the pitch will take around 7-8 days, it will then be left to grow and flourish in time for the pre-season friendly against Blackburn Rovers on 28th July. 

Head Groundsman, Gareth Lester said “Full credit to Michael Curtis and the contractors for the work they did on the pitch last summer and over the course of the season. The weather conditions during last summers relay weren’t ideal and as a result this gave the team a much shorter window than was required in order to get the pitch up to that top level. Weather conditions throughout the season added to the already present problems with the grass and drainage systems. We have every confidence in what we are doing to rectify the issues and that the ongoing work will lead to dramatic improvements.” 

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