Whilst the sports pitches cannot be used due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, our Grounds Sports Team have taken this opportunity to add extra drainage in some of the wet areas at the Topsham Sports Ground.
This is a great initiative by the team and should really help improve our sports pitches so that they are in tip top condition when they can be used again.
Our new Groundsperson, Ross has been kept busy in his first few weeks working with the University. He has been improving areas at Topsham Sports Ground and planting trees – this is part of a project to enhance the biodiversity at the sports ground. He will also be adding a bug hotel, bird boxes and hedgehog nesting boxes in the near future.
As you may be aware, the University of Exeter is to host the Tongan team for the Rugby World Cup next year. As part of the selection process our sports grounds at Topsham were subject to rigorous testing to ensure their suitability.
Here are some pictures on the testing in progress:
Improvement works have finished on the Number 1 rugby pitch at Topsham, it is now ready for the new season in August/September. The drainage works undertaken have helped to level and improve the quality of the pitch and will support the continuing success of both the Women’s and Men’s First 15s.
It’s not exactly what you expect to see when you open the bonnet of your van. Kevin, our Grounds Manager who looks after our Sports and St Luke’s teams has recently been caretaker to a nest of five wagtail chicks. Astonishingly, Kevin had been driving his van around before he’d even noticed that the nest was there! Life in an engine bay clearly suited them, though, as all five successfully fledged.