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Bury St Edmunds Rugby Union Football Club

Tue 17 July 2018

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Union Football Club
Bury St Edmunds Rugby Union Football Club is thriving. Its ground at The Haberden, Southgate Green, is home to the Club’s 1st XV, which plays in National League 2 South, four senior men’s teams, a ladies’ team, and an active mini rugby and youth section, with over 300 young people in both. Annually in May it runs an International Sevens competition that attracts many national sides, Premiership clubs and specialist Sevens teams.

Needless to say the three grass pitches, originally constructed in 1965, get plenty of wear throughout the year. Groundsman Oliver Deeming wanted to improve drainage across the two Seniors’ pitches and give the newly-seeded turf a boost:

“It’s been over two years since we applied a topdressing to our pitches and we needed a product that would open up the soil profile and improve fertility after over-seeding. Sports&Turf has the high levels of medium to coarse sand we needed to improve drainage, plus 20% soil in the blend to provide the nutrient value and help germination. I was very impressed with how easily the dressing flowed through the dresser and bedded into the grass sward.”


Topdressing 1


Oliver applied 80 tonnes of Sports&Turf on 10th May 2017 after over-seeding using a TURFCO WideSpin 1550 Topdresser supplied by Ransomes Jacobsen.



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.


Post application


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