It’s March already, the mornings and evenings are drawing out and the season will soon be in full swing. It may even stop raining soon and allow the ground to dry out! With that in mind we thought we should let you know what we have been up to over the first few months
of the year and give you and give you an update on
some of the show ground projects and other thing that
have been going on.
The all-weather fencing is in a pretty sorry state. The choices we had
were to continue repairing the wooden fence and incur the annual cost of
doing that, or invest in a new fence made from a man-made material that
will last for many years with minimal annual maintenance. After careful
consideration we have decided to replace the whole fence with a manmade
material that is durable and will not rot. The fencing is essentially
made from recycled plastic and is finished to look very similar to wood.
We expect the fencing to have a life of at least 20 years with minimal
maintenance required each year. The fencing is readily available and so
if we decide to extend the all-weather in the future, then it can be easily
The replacement fencing has been ordered and we expect the
installation work to be undertaken and we will let you know the
installation dates as soon as they are fixed.
The main problem with the sand school is that over the years the sides
have banked up to the extent that it has made the area into something
similar to a swimming pool. Basically, it’s great at holding water and poor
at letting it escape. In addition there is very little sand left in the middle
which can cause issues if the clay subsoil gets exposed. Clay is very
slippery when wet!!
In consultation with local ground works specialists, we have looked at
various options to address the drainage and lack of sand. We have
concluded that the best and most cost-effective option for the club will be
to re-profile the edges of the school, in particular by the Derby Field to
provide a better and more effective escape route for the water. Sufficient
sand has been sourced to top-up the school and we hope to undertake
the work between 29 March and 13 April.