Whilst the sports pitches cannot be used due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, our Grounds Sports Team have continued to take this opportunity to carry out improvement works at our Topsham Sports Ground.
This week they have reinstated the overgrown footpath that runs along the side of the 1st team rugby pitch, by digging out the overgrown grass and levelling it off; reinstating it back to a standard not seen for many years.
Grounds and Sports staff have commenced a programme of pitch improvements at the Duckes Meadow Sports Ground.
This site has difficult access over a tight bridge that crosses the River Exe, limiting access for heavy equipment.
They have trialled a treatment involving recycling the alluvial sandy clay loam on the site and contravating/overseeding a rugby pitch. The fertile soil has germinated in 10-14 days and we hope that an even weather pattern (warm and wet) will help the pitch establish well.
If successful, this technique may be used on more of the 16 sports pitches to improve the quality of the playing surface for the increasing number of students who compete in sports at Duckes Meadow.
Although our Grounds staff have a range of skills, the effects of Storm Angus have got the better of them. Our sports pitches at Duckes Meadow have suffered the effects of the River Exe breaking banks and flooding the sports pitches. A real challenge for our Groundsmen!