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BALI – Beast in the East

The TOPSOIL team was sent to Wild Tracks Activity Park with one goal in mind and that was to bring back a second Beast in the East trophy to add to our growing collection of silverware. With over 20 teams competing for the trophy which included businesses across the East Anglia region it was always going to be a challenge but nothing our team couldn’t achieve.

Therefore the Topsoil team included:
•    Grace Townsend
•    Darren Thorpe
•    Tom Brown
•    Joe Burgess

The day included a two-hour endurance race, where the winning team would be decided on distance travelled, combined with an off-road timed challenge.  After qualifying we were placed in the middle of the bunch and with Darren Thorpe leading us nothing but first would be disappointing, with Kim’s team talk on everyone’s mind we set of in emphatic fashion quickly securing third place. However after countless battles with other teams and many crashes later the TOPSOIL team placed seventh after the two hour endurance race.

In the afternoon the team took on the 4x4 challenge which included a challenging route which our driver for this challenge Tom Brown had to traverse around under the guidance of Darren Thorpe all while Grace Townsend and Joe Burgess were in the back of the vehicle with a bucket of water trying to spill as little water as possible. Unfortunately by the end of this challenge we had very little water left in the bucket however with that in mind we did get one of the fastest times around the course.

Overall it was a great event organised by BALI East Anglia the overall winner of the event was George Davis Turf with that in mind the TOPSOIL team will regroup and reflect on the event and come back stronger next year.

British Sugar TOPSOIL Hamper draw at Woburn Abbey Parks & Gardens 28th June 2017

David Sutton the Estates Manager from Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent, part of The Aspinall Foundation was the lucky winner of the TOPSOIL hamper draw held at the Woburn Abbey Parks & Gardens event.

Howletts Wild Animal Park takes care of over 400 animals across 50 species. The expert keepers look after the incredible animals that call the 100 acre park home.

Howletts is one of Aspinall's award winning parks committed to the conservation, breeding and reintroduction of rare and endangered animals.

 

 

British Sugar TOPSOIL announces first bursary recipient

Richard Johnstone, a 34-year old golf course manager from Nairn, situated in the north of Scotland, is the first recipient of the British Sugar TOPSOIL Training Bursary. The bursary was launched in January to celebrate TOPSOIL’s twenty years in business.

The bursary was created to support anyone in the greenkeeping, groundsmanship, landscape contracting or garden design sectors who could demonstrate they would benefit from financial support to help develop their skills and knowledge.

Richard has worked at Nairn Dunbar Golf Links since leaving school at 17, working his way up to the position of golf course manager. He will use the £500 bursary to pay for the first year of a three year HND in Golf Course Management starting in August. No stranger to study, Richard has acquired a considerable range of skills and industry qualifications since joining the club in the year 2000 and is now keen to develop his managerial skills:

“I completed an HNC in Golf Course Management in 2012 and although my club has always been very supportive, it currently has more pressing demands on its resources and cannot afford to make further education a priority. It has taken me 17 years to work my way up the ladder and I am determined to improve and develop as a course manager.

The HND includes units specific to a managerial role so being awarded this bursary by British Sugar TOPSOIL is great and will help me to fulfil my ambitions as a professional greenkeeper and golf course manager.”
       

Richard Johnstone From Nairn Dunbar Golf Links

Introducing New Faces to the TOPSOIL Team

National TOPSOIL Manager Andy Spetch and Sales Manager Natalie Gudgin have two new colleagues to help them maintain British Sugar TOPSOIL’s reputation for excellent customer service. Kim Campton and Grace Townsend have joined the TOPSOIL team following a move to pastures new by Andy and Natalie’s former colleagues of longstanding, Sam Colman and Sally Walton.

Kim Campton, who has moved from British Sugar’s Customer Services Department, which she joined in 2015, brings with her a strong record of efficiently handling customer orders and enquiries at British Sugar. Her previous experience of working for the Environment Agency’s Waterways Department, where she was responsible for rented moorings, including the issuing of contracts and licences and collection of mooring fees, will also inform her new role.

A keen sportswoman, Kim has played Women’s Rugby for 18 years and represented her club at county level. She is particularly looking forward to working with TOPSOIL clients in the sports turf sector and promoting the features of TOPSOIL’s new Sports & Turf dressing.

Grace Townsend has joined British Sugar TOPSOIL from Bidfood, suppliers of food and catering products, where she worked as a telesales executive responsible for obtaining and developing customers and growing her own customer base. She will be employing similar skills at TOPSOIL, identifying potential customers and matching their requirements to the company’s products.Outside of the work environment Grace is an enthusiastic supporter of summer music festivals and, in the winter, is a keen skier.

With this change to half the TOPSOIL team, Andy Spetch is keen to introduce Kim and Grace to clients:

“I want our clients to know that they can expect the same excellent levels of customer service from the new-look team.

Although Sam Colman and Sally Walton are hard acts to follow, Natalie and I have been busy passing on our knowledge and experience and I know that Kim and Grace will soon be entirely confident in their roles.

I wish them every success in their future careers with British Sugar TOPSOIL.”

 

Sports and Turf used at Nene Valley Community Centre

Supplied 80t of Sports & Turf
Delivered on 8 wheeler lorries on 19/4/17 and spread by local contractor Mel Pooley Sports & Turf was spread post over seeding that was done using a disc slit seeder to ensure good soil to seed contact. The Sports & Turf has been applied to open the pitches soil profile up and therefore improve drainage. Applying post seeding will also protect the seed from birds and help seed germination.

Mel reported that the dressing flowed through the machine well and spread evenly.

Sports&Turf is a blend of 80% medium and coarse sand with 20% British Sugar TOPSOIL. The sand is predominantly medium to coarse (67%) and sub angular in shape, which assists free drainage and promotes good integration into the surface of the turf. The soil within the blend contains both phosphorous and potassium, which contributes to soil fertility and encourages healthy growth.

Annual customer survey vindicates TOPSOIL's quality and customer service strategy

Results from its annual Customer Survey have vindicated British Sugar TOPSOIL’s strategy of providing high quality products and excellent customer service to allow for a confident pricing structure.

20 per cent of TOPSOIL customers responded to the survey, which was first introduced in its current comprehensive form in 2013. A prize draw giving respondents the opportunity to win a hamper of products from Associated British Foods, British Sugar’s parent company, was won by Geoff Hales, Contracts Manager at builder RG Carter.

British Sugar TOPSOIL supplied 5,289 tonnes of its BS3882:2015 accredited general landscaping topsoil, Landscape20, to RG Carter for the first two phases of the NORA (Nar Ouse Regeneration Area) project in Kings Lynn. Starting in 2014, Phases 1 and 2 of this exciting mixed use redevelopment and regeneration project are almost complete and Phase 3 is due to commence later this year.

RG Carter, which is based in Drayton near Norwich, is also soon to begin work on a new residential housing development at Goldsmith Street, Norwich. All homes will be built to the Passivhaus Standard for energy performance, making it one of the largest developments of eco-friendly homes in Norwich. TOPSOIL will be supplying 1,000 tonnes of subsoil and 1,000 tonnes of Landscape20, starting this autumn. Both the NORA and Goldsmith Street projects require safe, certificated topsoil to replace contaminated brownfield soils, which is why Geoff Hales of RG Carter relies on British Sugar TOPSOIL’s Wissington and Canley production facilities to provide product for his company’s turfing and seeding operations.

National TOPSOIL Manager Andy Spetch is pleased with both the level of response from customers to the survey and the feedback obtained: “Since we first introduced the annual survey we have found the feedback from our customers crucial to understanding what they value most. Without doubt it is the safety, consistency and reliability of TOPSOIL products supported by excellent customer service that puts us ahead of our competition. Our customers understand that achieving and maintaining these attributes means we cannot generally compete on price and the survey gives us confidence we have the balance just about right.”

British Sugar TOPSOIL is funding two £500 training bursaries in 2017 and welcomes applications from anyone working in the landscaping, garden design, amenity and sports sectors. Visit www.bstopsoil.co.uk/news-events for full Terms and Conditions and to apply online. The closing date for entries is Friday, 28th April with recipients being notified by Wednesday, 31st May.

 Geoff Hales of builder RG Carter receives his hamper from TOPSOIL Sales Manager Natalie Gudgin

Geoff Hales of builder RG Carter receives his hamper from TOPSOIL Sales Manager Natalie Gudgin

 

The British Sugar TOPSOIL Training Bursary 2017

Entries close Friday, 28th April 2017

The UK’s largest supplier of topsoil to the construction, landscaping and amenity sectors, British Sugar TOPSOIL, will award two bursaries, each of up to £500, to pay for training courses in any of the following sectors:

  • Greenkeeping
  • Groundsmanship
  • Landscape contracting
  • Garden design

ELIGIBILITY

  • Awards are made subject to confirmation by an intended recipient that their household income is below £35,000 per annum before taxation
  • Training courses cited in all applications must be accredited by a recognised UK awarding body and delivered by an accredited UK training provider
  • Applicants must confirm they have their employer’s permission to undertake the training requested if they are successful

HOW TO ENTER (See Terms and Conditions document for full instructions)

Applicants should download the Application Form and Terms & Conditions from this web page, complete the form in full and email it by no later than Friday, 28th April 2017 to topsoil@britishsugar.com with ‘Training Bursary’ in the email subject line, together with an accompanying personal statement of no more than 500 words explaining:

  • What training the bursary will pay for/contribute towards
  • Why you want to undertake the training, including where you are currently in your career (including details of any industry-related training you have undertaken to date or are currently undergoing), how it will help further your career ambitions, and your goals for the future

Limit one (1) entry per person, which must be written in English. All entries become the property of the sponsor, British Sugar TOPSOIL, and no responsibility for late, misdirected, or unintelligible entries will be accepted by the sponsor.

British Sugar TOPSOIL looks forward to receiving your application. If you have any questions that are not answered in the Terms & Conditions document, please email topsoil@britishsugar.com or call 01733 422084

 

Topsoil to sponsor Student Design Award 

“We are pleased to announce that we will once again be sponsoring the Student Design - Commercial Award at the 2017 SOGD Awards”

 

British Sugar Topsoil Newsletter now available - Click here to view  

 

SGD Awards Dinner: Student wins top award for design plans at Royal William Yard

Richard Riddell (centre) accepts his Student Design Award from Sam Colman of British Sugar Topsoil and Debbie Roberts MSGD of Acres Wild.

Richard Riddell (centre) accepts his Student Design Award from Sam Colman of British Sugar Topsoil and Debbie Roberts MSGD of Acres Wild.

British Sugar Topsoil sponsored the Student Commercial Award at the Garden Designers Awards, which took place in London on Friday 27th January 2017. Click here to read more

 

British Sugar TOPSOIL launches new Sports & Turf dressing

British Sugar TOPSOIL has announced the launch of its second new product this year, Sports & Turf - a free-draining winter turf dressing ideal for use on winter games pitches, golf tees and approaches, and domestic lawns.

Sports & Turf is a blend of 80% sand and 20% of British Sugar TOPSOIL’s BS3882:2015 certified topsoil. The sand is predominantly medium to coarse (67%) and sub angular in shape, which assists free drainage and promotes good integration into the surface of the turf. The soil within the blend contains both phosphorous and potassium, which contributes to soil fertility and encourages healthy growth.

Sports & Turf has been tested and analysed by the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) and they are now carrying out two replicated trials - on golf tee turf and on fairway turf - at their research facility in Bingley, West Yorkshire. The turf comprises grass species also commonly found in winter games pitches and lawns and the trials will test the effects of the topdressing treatment on grass growth, turf health, turf colour and surface playability.

The new topdressing, at three different application rates – 2 kg, 4kg and 6 kg/m2/year - will be compared with an untreated control and with the same three application rates of sand only, on both turf types. The initial applications of topdressing and sand were made in October with a second application planned for spring 2017. The trials will conclude at the end of June 2017.

Sports & Turf is also being trialled on the formal lawns of Kings College, Cambridge, where Senior Horticulturist Steve Coghill has recently applied 40 tonnes of the winter topdressing. Steve is responsible for the beautiful parkland that surrounds the historic Kings College. Working with British Sugar TOPSOIL he agreed to trial Sports & Turf on areas where the grass has suffered from compaction and poor drainage, and he has been delighted with the results so far:

“British Sugar TOPSOIL’s Sports & Turf is a fantastic dressing, promoting growth and helping improve drainage. It is also an excellent substrate for sports turf renovation and repair.” 

Latest edition of British Sugar TOPSOIL’s ‘Essential Guide’ now available

We have updated our very popular– The Essential Guide’

FREE to industry professionals this invaluable 12-page practical guide has been revised and updated. In addition to sections on understanding topsoil, the requirements of BS3882:2015, topsoil terminology, how British Sugar TOPSOIL is sourced, and analysis, it includes a new section on working with topsoil. This gives helpful pointers on site evaluation, the requirements for imported topsoil, delivery and storage, preparing the site, and planting and turfing.

Please click to be taken to this guide.

 

SoilsCon 2016 – Soil use and management

Date:               Wednesday, 5th October 2016

Time:               9.00 to 16.30

Location:        Phyllis Court, Marlow Road, Henley on Thames, Oxon RG9 2HT

Cost:                £90 + VAT (LI/BALI/SGD members) or £110 + VAT (non-members)

Following the success last October of the inaugural soils conference organised by soil scientist and landscape consultant Tim O’Hare, SoilsCon 2016 on Wednesday, 5th October, will provide landscape architects, housebuilders, developers, engineers and landscape contractors with practical knowledge, ideas and solutions for the successful use and management of soils.

The impressive line-up of seven respected industry speakers promises another full day of professional development, discussion and networking. This year the conference will focus on the common problems that occur and the mistakes made across the industry with regards to soil use. The talks are intended to provide up-to-date knowledge, practical ideas and solutions in the areas of soil management, selection, specification, manufacture, contamination and analysis.

Lunch and refreshments provided. Phyllis Court has excellent transport links by road (M40, M4) and rail, with collection from Henley railway station available on the day.

To book online visit www.toha.co.uk

TOPSOIL Proud to Sponsor local Cricket Club

Downham Town Cricket Club play in the Norfolk Alliance, Mid Norfolk Sunday league and various mid-week cup competitions. The club runs 3 youth teams that play in the West Norfolk Youth League. Over the past 10 season the club has been very successful winning the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division 5 times, a record no of wins for this league.

Nick Kelly (left of picture):The clubs overseas player 2015 and 2016. Born in Australia and now residing in NZ. Plays for Northern Districts in NZ and just been rewarded with a 1st class contract for the first time. Returned to Downham for a 2nd stint after a successful season in 2015 scoring 1126 runs and taking 35 wickets.

Rob King (centre): Clubs Vice chairman and 1st team wicket keeper, highly regarded as the best keeper in the division and recipient of the Norfolk Alliance most dismissals trophy in 2013.

Tom Tansley (right of picture):Recently elevated to the 1st team after playing through all the levels, joined the club as a junior and now opening the batting regularly for the 1st XI.

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British Sugar TOPSOIL will be exhibiting at Futurescape 2016

Futurescape

Futurescape 2016 15th November, Sandown Park Racecourse

Celebrating its 5th year Futurescape saw over 160 exhibitors and over 1400 guests in attendance. This year’s event is set to be bigger than ever with even more exhibitors, including all the major contractors and landscapers, and a bigger opportunity for networking. The day is one that can’t be missed with an unrivalled seminar programme, riveting debates and the chance to be inspired by those who are at the top of their game in the industry.

 

 

British Sugar TOPSOIL will be exhibiting at The Landscape Show 2016

Landscape logo

LANDSCAPE is the UK's leading trade event dedicated to products, services and innovation for the design, build and management of exterior and interior landscape projects.It is held at Battersea park on the 13-14th September. 


Brownfield Land Clean-up - Free Seminar

17th March, Northwood Golf Course, HA62QW

An important part of completing the remediation of brownfield land is the topsoil used to cap the site. The quality of the gardens and any landscaping can affect homeowner satisfaction and can be an important factor in successfully clearing NHBC and local authority conditions.

British Sugar TOPSOIL teamed up with the NHBC to bring together leading speakers to present on the sourcing, testing, analysis and verification for imported topsoil and in-situ soils.

The presentations from the seminar can be viewed below.

Andy Spetch - British Sugar TOPSOIL

Gavin Allsopp NHBC

Robert Tyler - Hackney

Tim White - Tim O'Hare Associates


British Sugar TOPSOIL sponsors - SGD Student Designer Commercial award

We were delighted to present up and coming garden designer Tom Massey from Richmond in Surrey with the Student Designer Commercial award at the 2015 Society of Garden Designers Awards, held in London on 29th January 2016.

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Tom’s winning design – for the Cassel Hospital Ecotherapy Garden - was acknowledged as ‘a very clean design that deals with the space with confidence, sensitive use of historical landscape and a sophisticated approach to the handling of space’ by the judges who included Sarah Eberle and Cleve West.

 

National TOPSOIL Manager Andy Spetch, who presented Tom with his award, commented:  “Tom is definitely someone to watch in the industry and British Sugar TOPSOIL is delighted to be associated with this exciting talent. We wish him every success in the future and congratulate him on his achievements at the SGD Awards.”

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Jane Finlay Garden Design is TOPSOIL Hamper Winner at SGD Autumn Conference

Jane Finlay

Jane Finlay from Jane Finlay Garden Design was the lucky winner of the TOPSOIL hamper draw at the SGD Autumn Conference. The conference held at the Royal Geographical Society, Kensington London titled “Small but perfectly formed” attracted designers from across the country.
Welcomed by  Philippa O’Brien MSGD, SGD Chair, the delegates heard presentations from  Jo Thompson MSGD, “You probably don’t deal with small gardens” ,Takeshi Nagasaki, ‘The invisible garden within the small garden’ John Davies ‘Small to the power of ten: redefining our perception of small’ Dan Riddleston ‘Working small’ and our own Andy Spetch on British Sugar and the Topsoil market.

British Sugar TOPSOIL Hamper Draw at Futurescape 2016

Heather Goddard

Heather Goddard, Procurement Manager at Ground Control, is the winner of this year’s British Sugar TOPSOIL hamper draw held at Futurescape 2016.

Heather said: “I really enjoyed Futurescape, it was a chance to meet lots of suppliers from the industry; the whole team really enjoyed the day. We are going back next year.Winning British Sugar TOPSOIL’s hamper is a lovely gift for the office in the build up to Christmas.”

 

 

Independent Analysis of Our Sites (Japanese Knotweed)

Our 4 production sites at Bury St Edmunds, Cantley, Newark and Wissington have all been found clear of Japanese Knotweed and Horsetail.

This biannual audit was conducted by Tim O’Hare Associates LLP

Please click here to find out more.

 

 

Team TOPSOIL & Oakview Landscapes are the

BEAST IN THE EAST Champions 2015

Beast in the East

The Beast is an annual Go Karting Challenge for members of the British Association of Landscape Industries. This year’s event attracted 35 teams made up of Landscape Contractors and suppliers

Landscape20 from British Sugar TOPSOIL wins ‘External Product of the Year’

Housebuilder Awards 2015

House Builder 2015 Awards

British Sugar TOPSOIL, the UK’s largest supplier of topsoil to the construction, landscaping and amenity sectors, has won ‘External Product of the Year’ at the Housebuilder Product Awards 2015 with its general purpose topsoil ‘Landscape20’. It will now go forward as a finalist for ‘Product of the Year’ at the Housebuilder Awards, to be held in London in November. This latest success tops an unprecedented year for sales of TOPSOIL products and a 98% ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ rating by respondents to the company’s annual customer satisfaction survey.

The judging panel of the Housebuilder Product Awards 2015, which are run by Housebuilder magazine, included Peter L Caplehorn, Deputy Chief Executive and Policy Director - Construction Products Association; Dave Mitchell, Technical Director – HBF; Neil Smith, Head of Research and Innovation – NHBC; and Claire Curtis-Thomas, Chief Executive – BBA. Among the numerous criteria to be met and evidenced for the Best External Product category were that the product should offer a solution to challenges, regulations and standards facing housebuilders; save cost and time for housebuilders, and meet sustainability and zero carbon challenges facing the housebuilding industry.

British Sugar TOPSOIL has been marketing manufactured topsoil since 1996 as a co-product of its parent company’s sugar production process. Every year, sugar beet growers in the UK deliver 7.5 million tonnes of sugar beet to British Sugar’s factories; stuck to the beet is some 300,000 tonnes of rich arable soil. This is washed off the beet and then, instead of becoming a waste product, it is separated, dried, screened to 20mm and blended to produce Landscape20 – the ultimate sustainable, balanced, premium quality sandy loam, ideal for shrub planting, seeding and turf laying, restoration and civil engineering projects, and sports ground construction.

For housebuilders, Landscape20 helps them meet the exacting criteria of the NHBC Standards; British Sugar TOPSOIL is permitted to use the following NHBC-approved statement: “British Sugar TOPSOIL can help builders meet the requirements of NHBC Standards Chapter 9.2, ‘Drives, paths and landscaping’, for topsoil.”  Landscape20 is also the only multi-purpose topsoil on the NBS National BIM Library.

British Sugar TOPSOIL’s award was collected by the company’s TOPSOIL Sales Manager, Natalie Gudgin, and Sales and Marketing Coordinator, Sally Walton. Speaking immediately after the lunchtime award ceremony at the Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham, on Thursday 25th June, Natalie said:

“This really is incredible and I would like to thank the Housebuilder Product Awards judging panel for fully appreciating the complexity of what, on the face of it, is a very simple and basic product. I very much hope that the award will help to remind the construction industry of the potential consequences of using topsoil from sources that are neither certified nor sustainable, and the operational, financial, regulatory and environmental benefits they can expect from using Landscape20 topsoil.”

Landscape20 will compete for ‘Product of the Year’ against a range of construction products at the Housebuilder Awards 2015, to be held at the Tower Hotel, London, on Thursday, 5th November.

Sally and Natalie Award Winner

British Sugar TOPSOIL’s Sally Walton (left) and Natalie Gudgin receive the ‘External Product of the Year’ award from Ben Roskrow, Publishing Director of Housebuilder Media (left) and Awards host and legendary cricket commentator Henry Blofeld OBE

British Sugar Topsoil Landscape 20

Best external product

Best External Product Winner Award

 

HB Award Winner

House Builder Awards 2015 Finalist

 

Revised British Standard for TOPSOIL 3882:2015

BSI have recently published the updated specification for topsoil, BS 3882:2015. This completes many months of work by the BSI committee and public consultation.

BS3882:2015 replaces BS3882:2007 and is the standards third revision since it was first published in 1965.

BS 3882:2015 covers multi-purpose topsoils, and acidic, calcareous and other specialist soils that are moved or traded. It sets out requirements for topsoil classification and composition, specifies characteristics such as texture, acidity and contaminants, includes information on sampling and analysis, and advises about soil handling to ensure topsoil is not degraded during excavation, delivery or placement.

Most notable changes in the Multipurpose Topsoil category are:

  • The upper limit for extractable potassium has been increased from 900mg/l to 1500mg/l
  • The upper level for electrical conductivity has been increased from 2800uScm to 3300uScm and there is no requirement for an Exchangeable Sodium Percentage test.

There are also significant changes to the Specific Purpose Topsoil category, which reflect the new guidance on Low Fertility soils for species-rich, biodiverse habitats.

The standard has been revised to align with BS 8601:2013 – Specification for subsoil – and to reflect users’ experience of previous versions of the standard and growing industry knowledge.

Copies of the standard are available from: –BSI Customer Services Department on 0208 996 9001 or visit their website by clicking here.

A BIM Library ‘first’ for British Sugar TOPSOIL

British Sugar TOPSOIL is the first and only topsoil manufacturer to have its products Landscape20 and Sports10 accepted as a BIM (Building Information Modelling) Objects within the NBS National BIM Library.

Specifiers, planners, architects and construction professionals now have direct and immediate online access to the products’ data, which they can import into their projects’ BIM-enabled software.

By 2016 all construction projects procured by UK central government must use the managed data aspect of BIM. To access Landscape20 topsoil and Sports10 top dressing data in the NBS National BIM Library, visit http://www.nationalbimlibrary.com

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BALI Landscape House hosts British Sugar TOPSOIL sales training workshop

British Sugar Topsoil Team BALI Jan 2015

British Sugar TOPSOIL held a sales training workshop for its sales team in BALI’s meeting and training facility at the new Landscape House, Stoneleigh Park recently. The workshop covered the personal selling process, making the most of exhibitions, and the contractor’s perspective of soil management.

Society of Garden Designers Awards 2014

TOPSOIL sponsored the Student Award category at the Society of Garden Designers Awards held in central London on the 30th January.

400 designers and sector influencers attended the evening.

Society of Garden Designers Awards 2014

Special Award for Design & Build at this year’s BALI National Landscape Awards

Special Award for Design and Build

TOPSOIL was the proud sponsor of the Special Award for Design & Build at this year’s BALI National Landscape Awards. The Awards ceremony, which took place on Friday 5th December at the Grosvenor House, London, was hosted by journalist, broadcaster and former Cabinet Minister Michael Portillo.

The Special Award for Design & Build was won by BALI Registered contractor Graduate Gardeners of Bisley, Gloucestershire, who were presented with the Award by Andy Spetch, National Topsoil Manager. Speaking after the presentation, Andy said; “British Sugar TOPSOIL is proud to count many, many BALI contractors amongst our customers, including Graduate Gardeners to whom I have presented the Special Award for Design & Build here today and I congratulate them on their success. BALI contractors appreciate that award-winning schemes start from the soil upwards and if they select our quality topsoil, which is produced to the British Standard, they are leaving nothing to chance; the planting and turfing will always do their schemes justice.”

Charles Price, Managing Director of winning contractor Graduate Gardeners, was understandably delighted to accept the award on behalf of his company: “To receive this accolade from BALI is heartening. We always work to a standard that we consider worthy of a BALI Award, and to have yet another of our schemes singled out for Design and Build excellence only serves to reinforce that approach. When a scheme calls for imported topsoil we have used British Sugar TOPSOIL because it removes any worries we would otherwise have about the success of the softworks. This scheme was singled out for “quite simply beautiful” planting, and that can only thrive with the very best topsoil.

 

FOREST GREEN FC GROUNDSMAN WINS ANOTHER IOG AWARD FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ACHIEVEMENTS

IOG Award 2014

Stewart Ward, head groundsman at Forest Green Rovers FC, has collected another award for environmental achievements at the Nailsworth football club by winning the 2014 IOG British Sugar TOPSOIL Environmental/Innovation of the Year Award at the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Industry Awards, being held in partnership with the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA).

This year’s success for Stewart follows his winning of the IOG award for Environmental Project/Innovation of the Year in 2012, and being shortlisted for the same category last year.

In a prestigious ceremony at Milton Keynes’ stadiummk hosted by talkSPORT Radio presenter Mark Saggers, the 2014 award was presented to Stewart by British Sugar national Topsoil manager Andy Spetch, in front of an audience of more than 400 of the UK’s and Europe’s leading groundscare experts, as well as dignitaries from the governing bodies of sport and influential sports administrators.

Stewart is clearly continuing his quest to produce a superb 100 per cent organic playing surface for Forest Green Rovers FC. This he does by using the most sustainable methods and ingredients, by replacing non-organic products with their organic counterparts.

These include: cutting the pitch using an electric ‘robot’ mower that is charged from solar panels on the stadium roof; the use of an electric pedestrian sprayer also helps reduce the club’s CO2 footprint; a compost tea system to encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria, fungi and nematode levels; and an irrigation strategy to minimise water usage/costs.

A high level of computer technology is used to maintain meticulous records to monitor and control the use of treatments, the machinery and its service and maintenance, plus pitch condition reports. Also, specific strategies are in place for testing and monitoring the soil (pitch) profile.

The club is also involved with a local secondary school undertaking a biology project on the school’s football pitch, and with A Level students on how biology can solve environmental problems.

Forest Green Rovers contested the 2014 award with the University of Warwick, Coventry.

The prestigious UK-wide IOG Award scheme highlights the high standards of volunteer and professional grounds professionals and facilities, from grass roots to professional stadia level. Embracing categories of entry covering sport, young people and the environment, the awards are judged by an independent panel on criteria that include effective use of resources, budgetary control, presentation and housekeeping standards, as well as environmental considerations.

Commenting on the high standard of award winners, IOG chief executive Geoff Webb, says: “This year’s winners demonstrate the high standards of groundsmanship within the UK.  To win the award against such stiff competition is testament to the skill and dedication of the teams and individuals who - week in, week out in all weathers - make such a vital contribution to sport.”

Futurescape 2014  Draw Result

David Sarton of Weald Design Ltd was the lucky winner of the British Sugar TOPSOIL hamper draw at Futurescape 2014. The hamper was packed full of British Sugar and its sister companies, in Associated British Foods, products.

David Sarton

David Sarton has worked in horticulture since the age of 14. Working for a previous supplier of plants to RHS Gardens he learnt the basics of plant management and horticultural design ‘on the job’. As a natural progression, with his love of photography, David moved into horticultural photography working as an commissioned photographer at RHS Wisley for 6 years in the late 90’s, early 2000’s.

During that time David joined the Professional Garden Photographers Association (PGPA) and has been photographing RHS Show Gardens at Chelsea and Hampton Court since 2000. He started designing gardens at the same time and won his first Gold medal at the Kent Show in 2004, this was followed by a further Gold and Top Gold in 2005 and 2006. David Sarton has been awarded a RHS Gold Medal for his first garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013. A summer garden called Athanasia.

David now runs his own garden design business in the Weald of Kent, offering a full design and landscaping package incorporating his love of horticulture, colour and balance to interpret the project theme, enhancing and producing a design to meet and exceed a client’s expectations and desires.

Brownfield land clean-up - 12 November 2014

An important part of completing the remediation of Brownfield land is the topsoil used to cap the site. The quality of the gardens and any landscaping can affect homeowner satisfaction and can be an important factor in successfully clearing NHBC and Local Authority conditions.

NHBC has teamed up with British Sugar to bring together leading speakers to cover the different issues, including successful procurement, and to answer your questions.

To view the presentations from the day please click the links below;

Presentations

British Sugar TOPSOIL is proud to be a category award sponsor the  IOG Awards 2014.

IOG Awards

TOPSOIL will be sponsoring the category IOG Environmental Project / Innovation of the Year Award

The awards will be held on Thursday 4 December 2014, at stadiummk, Milton Keynes
Click here for more information

 

“APL Awards 2014 Supreme Winner, Stewart landscape Construction"

APL Awards 

For more information on the winning scheme please click on the logo on the logo.

 


SGD Sponsor 2014 Awards

SGD

British Sugar TOPSOIL, are pleased to be sponsoring the Student Designer Award at the SGD Awards 2014.

This glittering awards ceremony, celebrating the best in Garden Design, will be held at The Millennium Hotel, Gloucester Road, London on Friday 30th January 2015

 

 

 

BALI National Landscape Awards 2013

BALI Sponsor 2013

British Sugar TOPSOIL is delighted to support the  BALI National Landscape Awards 2013 as sponsor of the Soft Landscaping Construction (cost between £300K and £1.5M) category.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

British Sugar TOPSOIL scoops BALI National Landscape award

BALI 2012British Sugar’s TOPSOIL brand has been awarded the BALI National Landscape award for providing exceptional service to its customers.

The entry submitted for the Affiliate Exceptional Service category contained detailed evidence on how customer expectations are exceeded, technical support is offered, customer support and guidance is provided, how efficient the service is, along with the excellent product range on offer and how the topsoil is developed.

The Judges’ comments included: "British Sugar TOPSOIL and its staff have shown leadership in this specialist field. The company provides a clear articulation of their products, how they are produced, managed and monitored and the markets they are designed for. The submission clearly explains the technical support available, the links to educational establishments that have been developed to help promote industry advancement and the good staff/customer relationships that exist.”

 

 

Perennial

How Perennial HelpsBritish Sugar TOPSOIL has made a donation to Perennial. Perennial is the national charity for those who work or have worked in horticulture and their spouses/partners when they face adversity or need.

For more information on the work that they carry out, please visit the website www.perennial.org.uk.

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NHBC, Brownfield Land Clean-up Seminar

British Sugar teamed up with the NHBC (National House Building Council) to deliver a free half day seminar in Leicester on 20th March 2013. The presentations gave delegates an understanding of the topsoil market, pit falls to avoid and what information regulators need when importing topsoil.

An important element of completing the remediation of Brownfield land is the topsoil used to landscape the site. It is the quality of the gardens and any landscaping that can often have a major impact on the new homeowner’s satisfaction. When importing topsoil it is also important that the source is traceable and analysed. Without these factors the imported soil risks failing NHBC and Local Authority conditions.

The presentations from the seminar are below:

1. Andy Spetch, British Sugar TOPSOIL

2. Tim O'Hare, Sources of Topsoil, pitfalls, sampling & testing

3. Gavin Allsopp, NHBC, NHBC Requirements for Soil Capping Systems

4. Mandy Dennis, Senior Environmental Protection Officer East Northamptonshire C, Local Authority requirements and expectations for capping layers

 

NHBC, Brownfield Land Clean-up Seminar

NHBC BrownfieldBritish Sugar teamed up with the NHBC (National House Building Council) to offer a free half day seminar in London on 7 November 2012, to help developers, architects, consultants and specifiers to understand the best topsoil solution for Brownfield land.

An important element of completing the remediation of Brownfield land is the topsoil used to landscape the site. It is the quality of the gardens and any landscaping that can often have a major impact on the new homeowner’s satisfaction. When importing topsoil it is also important that the source is traceable and analysed. Without these factors the imported soil risks failing NHBC and Local Authority conditions.

The presentations from the seminar are below:

1. NHBC Building Centre

2. NHBC- British Sugar Topsoil Seminar

3. Gavin Allsop

4. Chris Taylor

Greenkeepers discover the benefits of TOPSOIL

Greenkeepers

British Sugar’s TOPSOIL recently held a one day seminar titled, “The Art and Science of Modern Golf Course Management” at the City of Ely Golf Course.

The event was organised by Andy Spetch, TOPSOIL Manager at British Sugar in conjunction with The British and International Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA). Both organisations were pleased with the attendance of fourteen Greenkeepers from across the region.

The main focus of the day was to introduce British Sugar’s TOPSOIL to Greenkeepers and to demonstrate its uses and benefits.

Andy, along with others from the industry gave presentations on a range of subjects. The presentations included:
•    Andy Spetch, British Sugar TOPSOIL
•    Andy Baker, Course Manager, City of Ely Golf Course
•    Peter Jones, Ten Top Tips for Agronomic Success on your Golf Course
•    Dr John Newstead,  Sports and Amenity Turf Characterisation with Delta-T Devices Ltd

After lunch Andy Baker, Course Manager at the City of Ely Gold Course took the group on a walk around the course to view the benefits of TOPSOIL and to answer any questions the delegates had.

Andy Spetch, TOPSOIL Manager said: “The seminar was a real success and these events always help to build relationships with our customers and potential customers. Since the event we have received a number of requests for quotations from a number of golf courses. We aim to continue the promotion of our products through working more closely with BIGGA. This includes exhibiting at the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) in Harrogate in January”.

Testimonial from St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Suffolk

St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Suffolk

During the site investigation of a new development within the Borough of St Edmundsbury heavy metal contamination was found across the site and also in the back gardens of adjacent properties.

Following discussions with the householders, the Borough Council agreed to remove the contamination to a depth of 600mm and in-fill with clean topsoil.

The contaminated soil was removed and sent to a soilwashing plant to minimise the amount sent to landfill. When it came to sourcing the replacement topsoil, James Lemon, St Edmundsbury’s Environmental Officer, said “Because British Sugar TOPSOIL is from a known, clean source I had full confidence that it would meet the specification set for the imported subsoil and topsoil. We’ve worked with British Sugar before so have first-hand experience of their ability to meet our needs”. Having removed the contaminated soil to a depth of 600mm, a subsoil from British Sugar TOPSOIL was laid to a depth of 400mm and then finished with a topping of Landscape20 to a depth of 200mm. The gardens were then returned to their owners for planting.

 

What’s In Your TOPSOIL?

This article gives the reader advice on how to purchase fit for purpose topsoil.

“To help our customers comply with specifications for imported topsoil we have further increased the parameters tested for in  Landscape20”

Asbestos

Asbestos is a set of six silicate minerals, in the form of thin fibrous crystals. Asbestos was widely used as a building and insulation material.
The inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause severe illnesses, including asbestosis  and cancer. Asbestos fibres have long-term persistence in the lungs once inhaled.
The use of asbestos is now strictly regulated by the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.
Crocidolite, also known as blue asbestos, is known to be the most lethal form of asbestos.

Brownfield land clean-up - November 2011 

An important part of completing the remediation of brownfield land is the topsoil used to cap the site. The quality of the gardens and any landscaping can affect homeowner satisfaction and can be an important factor in successfully clearing NHBC and Local Authority conditions.

To view the presentations from the day please click the links below;

Andy Spetch - Brownfield land clean-up (Introduction)

Gavin Allsopp - NHBC Requirements for Soil Capping Systems

Tim O'Hare - Sources of topsoil, pitfalls, testing and sampling

Peter Witherington - Cover Systems and Transfer of Soils Between Sites

Gary Lewis - Local Authority for on-site and imported topsoil

NHBC Statement

The National House Building Council has allowed TOPSOIL to use the following statement: "British Sugar TOPSOIL can help builders meet the requirements of NHBC Standards, Chapter 10.2 – 10.2.8 'Drives, paths and landscaping', for topsoil". We are very proud to have achieved this from them which follows a number of property construction projects where Landscape20 has been used very successfully.

BTEX Compounds are added to suite of analysis

To ensure our customers meet the needs of the regulators, when importing topsoil, we have added BTEX compounds to our comprehensive suite of Analysis.

BTEX is the collective term given for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and the three isomers (types) of xylene.
BTEX compounds are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with a chemical structure based on a planar (flat) carbon ring. BTEX are the most common compounds in petroleum and are found in petroleum derived
products, such as petrol, and are also widely used in the manufacture of paints, synthetic rubber and
agricultural chemicals. BTEX are hazardous and potential carcinogens. They are commonly encountered as contaminants in soil or groundwater near petroleum or natural gas production sites and at petrol stations or other areas with storage tanks containing petrol or petroleum related products. BTEX may be determined in soils using Gas Chromatography (GC).

Greenkeepers discover the benefits of TOPSOIL

 British Sugar’s TOPSOIL recently held a one day seminar titled, “The Art and Science of Modern Golf Course Management” at the City of Ely Golf Course.

The event was organised by Andy Spetch, TOPSOIL Manager at British Sugar in conjunction with The British and International Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA). Both organisations were pleased with the attendance of fourteen Greenkeepers from across the region.

The main focus of the day was to introduce British Sugar’s TOPSOIL to Greenkeepers and to demonstrate its uses and benefits.

Andy, along with others from the industry gave presentations on a range of subjects. The presentations included:

·        Andy Spetch, British Sugar TOPSOIL

·        Andy Baker, Course Manager, City of Ely Golf Course

·        Peter Jones, Ten Top Tips for Agronomic Success on your Golf Course

·        Dr John Newstead,  Sports and Amenity Turf Characterisation with Delta-T Devices Ltd

After lunch Andy Baker, Course Manager at the City of Ely Gold Course took the group on a walk around the course to view the benefits of TOPSOIL and to answer any questions the delegates had.

Andy Spetch, TOPSOIL Manager said: “The seminar was a real success and these events always help to build relationships with our customers and potential customers. Since the event we have received a number of requests for quotations from a number of golf courses. We aim to continue the promotion of our products through working more closely with BIGGA. This includes exhibiting at the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) in Harrogate in January”.

 

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 Note to editors:

 British Sugar is the leading supplier to the British and Irish food and beverage markets.  Around 4,000 growers supply our four factories with 7.5 million tonnes of sugar beet each year, which we process into over 1 million tonnes of sugar.

 Sugar remains at the core of our operations, but by using a highly integrated approach to manufacturing, we aim to transform all raw materials into sustainable products, from sugar to topsoil, stones to LimeX, and animal feed.  In addition, we were the first company to manufacture Bioethanol in the UK; we export enough electricity to power 160,000 homes, we are the largest supplier of betaine in the world, and we produce around 140 million tomatoes annually in the UKs largest single tomato glasshouse.

 For more information about British Sugar and our products, please visit www.britishsugar.com  

Benefits of using Topsoil

Quality product

All TOPSOIL products are developed from the soil that adheres to the sugar beet delivered to British Sugar’s factories and as such comes from the best agricultural soils in the country. After separation, the soil undergoes a gravity settlement stage prior to a lengthy conditioning process and careful storage ready for delivery to you.