What does it take to turn an old 5-aside football pitch being churned up to mud into a useable over-flow carpark for the wet English winter?....
34 Rolls of Turf Mesh, 2500 Anchor Pegs, 1000 Metal U-Pins, 20 Volunteers, 15 Rubber Mallets and 100 Cups of coffee!
Local Grassroots sports club, Anchorians FC needed to provide additional parking at the grounds following the completion of a new 3G all-weather pitch. Whilst this is an amazing addition to the Club and the Local Community, it has taken some of the previous parking space. The solution is to make use of a disused 5-aside pitch, approx. 0.4 acres of flat(ish) ground in the perfect spot to park cars on the busier days. The seasons were against the project as winter closed in late December. With the ground softening up and more rain forecast, the damage being done to the surface was fast becoming irreversible and the coaches are too busy with matches at the weekend to push out the cars of stuck parents.
Without the budget to lay Hardcore or appetite to lay a permanent car park made from aggregate, the club turned to S&R. Our Turf Mesh has been laid across the entire surface to keep cars from sinking into the soft ground. Many hands made light work and the matting was down in a single morning, before the worst of the weather, but too late for any grass to grow through. We have given a good overlap between rolls of 150mm-200mm and used Metal U-Pins for any joints that did not want to sit flat.
We will update pictures as the car park settles and report on how the Turf Mesh performs over time.
The Turf Mesh has held up well to the first few months of Winter, there has been a lot of rainfall and whilst the grass is still being stripped from the surface in areas of heavier use, there is traction for tyres and the cars are staying on top and not digging in to the ground. We may need to extend the netted area as the car park is almost filling at peak times now.
Thank you to Sinclair & Rush and thank you to our vast army of volunteers for supplying and laying this net. With the club growing so quickly, parking is an issue that we really want to stay ahead of for the sake of visitors and local residents.
Comments from the workforce;
"With the weather being so cold, the Turf Mesh was trickier to handle and needed a lot more pegs than we had anticipated. Gloves are a must, as the cut ends can be sharp."
Ant. Volunteer & Coach
"We were able to (literally) cover a lot of ground with the 50sqm rolls, once pegged down the surface seems to be holding well."
Al. Volunteer & Coach
"I would recommend laying this for larger projects in the Spring so that you can bed in with fast growth of grass through the mesh - although at least we had soft ground to drive the pegs into."
Rob. Volunteer & Coach
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