The grass is greener for Geraint as pitch per­fec­tion­ist be­comes a Lawn Mas­ter!

Western Mail - - VIEWS OF WALES -

THE head grounds­man at one of South Wales’ ma­jor sport­ing venues has left pre­par­ing pitches for some of the world’s sport­ing greats be­hind to fo­cus on im­prov­ing do­mes­tic lawns in the area.

Ex­pe­ri­enced turf pro­fes­sional Geraint Scan­nell has joined na­tional lawn care com­pany Lawn Mas­ter, pur­chas­ing a fran­chise area cover­ing Cardiff, Barry, Pon­typridd, Llantwit Ma­jor, Cow­bridge, Pon­ty­clun, Di­nas Powys and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

Lawn Mas­ter started treat­ing lawns in the 1990s and fran­chised the busi­ness in 2002, with the aim of hav­ing a qual­i­fied green­keeper or grounds per­son in ev­ery area of the UK de­liv­er­ing high-quality lawn care to do­mes­tic cus­tomers.

Fran­chisees in­clude former grounds staff from Chelsea and Arse­nal foot­ball clubs, and the course man­agers of Royal Winch­ester golf club and St Mel­lion In­ter­na­tional. The com­pany pro­vides be­spoke treat­ment plans and a range of ser­vices that im­prove a lawn’s health, ap­pear­ance and dura­bil­ity, such as aer­a­tion, scar­i­fi­ca­tion and over­seed­ing.

Geraint be­gan his turf man­age­ment ca­reer 25 years ago as a green­keeper at The Vale Re­sort, where he com­pleted his City & Guilds qual­i­fi­ca­tions and a NVQ Level 4 in Sports Turf Man­age­ment, later be­com­ing assistant head green­keeper.

In 2006, he be­came head grounds­man at the Wales Na­tional Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence, where he was re­spon­si­ble for the devel­op­ment and main­te­nance of six in­ter­na­tional foot­ball and rugby pitches.

In 2012, he was ap­pointed head grounds­man at Dragon Park, the Wales Na­tional Foot­ball Devel­op­ment Cen­tre in New­port, where he pre­pared play­ing sur­faces for the na­tional team, pre­mier­ship teams in­clud­ing newly-crowned league cham­pi­ons Manch­ester City and high-pro­file visit­ing sides like Real Madrid.

He was re­cently in­volved in draw­ing up the de­sign and con­struc­tion spec­i­fi­ca­tions for the nat­u­ral grass pitches at the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion of Wales’ new fa­cil­ity at Colliers Park in Wrex­ham.

Many lawns are look­ing lack­lus­tre af­ter last year’s hot, dry weather, but Geraint’s cus­tomers are al­ready ben­e­fit­ting from his ex­per­tise.

“I’m us­ing the same pro­fes­sional prod­ucts, ma­chin­ery and turf main­te­nance prac­tices that I used on my sports pitches and on the golf course”, he ex­plains. “With the right ap­proach, even the most ne­glected lawns can be re­ju­ve­nated. I’m en­joy­ing be­ing my own boss and work­ing with home­own­ers and their gar­den­ers to make sure their lawn stays in great con­di­tion all year round.” ■ Con­tact Geraint on 0800 062 2706, email geraint.scan­nell@ lawn­mas­ter.co.uk to ar­range your free lawn anal­y­sis or visit www. lawn­mas­ter.co.uk for more in­for­ma­tion.

Green­keeper Geraint Scan­nell has joined na­tional lawn care com­pany Lawn Mas­ter

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