Children taught about turf management

By Alistair November 25, 2018 11:38 Updated

One of the biggest suppliers to the greenkeeping trade, Bayer, has been teaching pupils about some of the basic scientific principles that underpin many turf management practices.

In October over 100 primary school children and teachers visited the Bayer Environmental Science headquarters in Cambridge for practical science lessons from using a microscope and testing honey, to the role of bees and their life cycles, delivered by the ‘Baylab’.

Steve Bishop, Bayer group product manager, explained that the ‘Baylab’ provides an enhanced learning facility, that is normally based in Reading. “The roadshow has been a huge success, with students and teachers alike.

“The wider context for the turf management industry is an increasing pressure from the regulatory authorities. Not only have we lost key management products, but greenkeepers are being challenged to maintain quality playing surfaces.

“Therefore, the industry needs a steady stream of new professionals to continue and build on the research and development that’s required to support turf management for years to come,” he said.

“This is why we’re so passionate about awakening an interest in science among young people from all backgrounds at an early age, to boost their confidence, provide inspiration and aid in development.

“It’s all about capturing the imagination of children today, to make them the scientists of tomorrow.”

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By Alistair November 25, 2018 11:38 Updated

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