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The Brit Oval

The Brit OvalThirteen thousand square metres of Lindum’s finest turf were laid at the Brit Oval following extensive works to level the ground, install new drainage and irrigation in preparation for the 2009 season; the season when England reclaimed the Ashes.

According to Head Groundsman Bill Gordon, the surface at the Brit Oval had not been relaid since 1845, however it was the period during the war when the ground was commissioned by a Prisoner of War Camp that adversely affected it and although it was never used levels had never been corrected.

ECB funding meant that the outfield could be completely re-built rectifying any anomalies in surface levels and improving drainage at the same time.

“Up until now we’ve never had drains, because unlike Headingley we’ve no clay”, said Bill. “Seeding the new outfield in the non-growing season was out of the question. “It’s too risky. You won’t get an even coverage in time for the new season.”

Lindum recommended LT5 Ryetees turf, a rye grass, smooth stalked meadow grass, and fescue mixture to the Brit Oval to provide a dense sward that would allow good ball roll and withstand hard wear. It was supplied as a washed turf for rapid and strong establishment.

Following rapid rooting, the Surrey team were practising on the new pitch a month after the turf was laid and went on to victory in the Ashes that August.