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Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Lincoln CastleWhen Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium was preparing to host the FA Cup Final they selected Lindum to provide them with the 10,000 square metres of specialist thick turf they needed, all of which had to be grown to their exact requirements. Sown 16 months before it was due to be harvested, the seed selected was a high wear, tolerant rye grass and smooth stalked meadow grass mixture which grew into strong, dense sward.

The main challenge Lindum faced was to coordinate the harvesting, transportation and laying of the new turf within a very short timescale. Plans were put in place to start to strip the pitch immediately after the Welsh Rugby Union’s Cup Final which finished on the Saturday evening, after which they only had four days to have the pitch fully re-laid in order to give it time to settle before the big event.

The key to the success of the operation was to ensure that within six hours of harvesting the turf was laid onto its new rootzone. To be able to do this Lindum used its American Bucyrus Harvesters which cuts roll 1.1 metres wide and 12 metres long, and also handles the turf very gently, minimising the stress between lifting and laying.

The Bucyrus Harvester also protects the turf by wrapping the rolls in plastic, ensuring that the grass leaves remain soil free. Once harvested, the rolls left in a constant convoy of vehicles on the 240 mile journey, with the first lorry departing at dawn on Sunday and the last late Monday evening.

Waiting at the stadium, specialist Sports Contractor Kestrel Golf and Sports employed their BL120 Turf Layer to position the turf, which was all in place with ample time to settle before the FA Cup Final.