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Chelsea Football Club

Chelsea Traing GroundPremier League’s Chelsea Football Club covered their fibre reinforced pitches with 62,000 square metres of Lindum’s LT6 washed sporturf. Their brand new grounds were created when 70 acres of land was bought from Imperial College, Cobham, Surrey and six pitches were stripped to the subsoil and built up again with a shingle base, sand, lower rootzone and upper rootzone which was fibre reinforced, for wear resistance.

As time was short and the first team wanted to use them as soon as possible, turf was the only answer.

“We chose to use washed turf because it roots quickly and during the growing season gives us a playable surface in four to six weeks,” said John Hacker, from Professional Sportsturf Design, the consultant agronomist engaged on the project. “As the turf has been washed clean of soil, the new rootzone remains pure.”

The turf was harvested in 25 metre square rolls over three weeks and made the journey to Surrey in a continuous shuttle involving 40 lorries.

“Our training grounds have gone from bog standard to Premier league”
Jason Griffin, Head Groundsman, Chelsea FC