This season, our pitches have been undergoing a steady programme of maintenance & improvement. In addition to the whole site being regularly cut, Pitches 1 & 2 have been verti-drained & received a broadleaf herbicide & fertilizer treatment, with all works carried out under the expert eye and supervision of our specialist contractor, John O’Connor Grounds Maintenance.
Quality pitch maintenance during and after the playing season is a critical factor in providing a playing surface that is fit for purpose and that lasts. As part of Camelot RFCs commitment to an on-going pitch improvement programme, at the end of April, Pitch 1 will undergo a full makeover, including re-seeding & soil maintenance. All the works are being conducted in consultation with Box Moor Trust.
Additionally, over the summer, Pitch 2 will receive a programme of soil maintenance, with a view to re-seeding it next summer.
It’s been some years since our pitches were last reseeded, so the work is very much overdue. Good playing surfaces are critical to rugby clubs, especially in the wet & windy months. Unplayable pitches mean no games, which means empty clubhouses, which means no income.
A quality playing surface is not only beneficial to the current & future generations of Camelot players but it can also help the Club in other ways. For example, in putting Camelot RFC on the wider ‘rugby-map’ - when Hertfordshire RFU decide which clubs possess a high quality playing surface sufficient to host representative matches.
The on-going pitch works represent a significant investment by your Club – this Summers work on Pitch 1 alone will cost approx. £2000. Whilst the work takes place, Pitch 1 will be inaccessible & will be fenced off. Signage will be installed to explain the work in progress. At times, it may also be necessary to rest areas of Pitch 2 to allow it to recover in preparation for the new season.
At these times, please respect the pitch barriers/signage & utilise other areas of pitch space, such as the ‘Up & Down’ pitch or ‘over the hedge’ on the Council pitches.
I hope you enjoy the Summer break.
Updated 12:28 - 20 Apr 2017 by Tim Wynne-Jones