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Rob Donald's presentation at The Sustainable Green Infrastructure Conference 2014 - Unlock The Secrets In The Soil

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To view this presentation please visit http://www.GreenSocialEngineering.org. Rob Donald's presentation entitled 'Unlock The Secrets in the Soil'.

Managing Director, Twyford Twenty Ltd, with 25 years experience in the sports surface and landscape sectors.

Whilst MD of White Horse Contractors Ltd Rob was responsible for securing all their major projects including Olympic Park - Landscape and Wetlands package, Ascot Racecourse, National Football Centre, Burton on Trent, Guards Polo Club - Reconstruction of Smiths Lawn (Ground 2), Chelsea FC Training Ground, Welsh Rugby Union Centre of Excellence. Foreign projects include;- Royal Brunei Polo Club (Jerudong Park, Brunei), FIFA Club World Cup (Abu Dhabi) - Construction of stadia pitches for the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup, Royal Waterloo Golf Club (Belgium), Vila Nova Golf Course (Portugal).

Rob is pioneering the innovative ‘Sward Swap’ process targeting the 300,000ha of grass being managed by Local Authorities in the UK at a cost of c. £500m pa. Green Infrastructure retro-fitting by changing the grass regimes to the ‘new generation’ slow growing ‘Carbon Grass’ cultivars would reduce this cost by 40% which would be compounded year on year for decades.

The deeper rooting characteristics of the ‘Carbon Grass’ slow growing cultivars sequester 300% more atmospheric carbon into the soil sink significantly contributing to the Climate Change adaption agenda.

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Rob Donald's presentation at The Sustainable Green Infrastructure Conference 2014 - Unlock The Secrets In The Soil

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  2. 2. WHY RETRO-FIT THE 300,000 HA OF GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE UK? CUTTING THE GRASS IN UK COSTS c. f500m PA . NEW SLOW GROWING CULTIVARS YIELD 40% LONG TERM COST SAVINGS RETRO-FITTING UK's GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE T0 DELIVER SIGNIFICANT COST SAVINGS & CARBON CREDITS
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  5. 5. CARBON GRASSTM - heralding a paradigm shift in the efficiencies of grass regimes. Slow growing cultivars enable significant 40%+ cost savings Deeper roots enable 300% more carbon sequestration Years 1 to 3 - Nurserz ' x r Years g¡ to ó - Clones r x A Years 7 to 9 - Polycrosses v» 7% ~ Years 10 to 13 - Variety Trials ' ' ' ' x Years 1g to 1ó - Official Trials a A ' ' " V, Í. 235m2( . .:t"""lcie Ilê": 01:13:10 lñlNltàYcÍlVlllli"mllllâ HHHNWÍC- 3l010ll= |li". ';| l"' 'I R"? :HV-HUGE à 7413:! lli 'É! I=| |1""-*
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  10. 10. SWARD-SWAPTM THE PROCESS 1. Measure GPS area and existing soil organic matter levels 2. Spray non-residual systemic herbicide application over prescribed area. 3. Over seed intensive over seeding through existing (dying) sward with disc type over seeder 4. Maintain resume regular mowing maintenance as new sward establishes within the old. 5. Monitor 1135731:n, .,: lr'r"r', lilel HE": :: cansei . lil= .l: ga~°ir't_lllr"rwnlsi 'Nai , llall. l'l, =lz= :imunmvnvcr-rl 'In-W' : nxvncme . w *zu ; mini censura:
  11. 11. In the UK, local authorities manage and maintain 27,000 parks and greenspace, at an annual revenue cost of around f1.1billion. 'Enhancing Urban Green Space' National Audit Office (2006) Estimated area of 27,000 parks & recreational public space >143,000Ha 'State of UK Public Parks' - Research Report (2014) 433 UK local authorities are managing av. 835 Ha of urban and country parks = 361,555Ha Heritage Lottery Fund 'State of UK Public Parks' - Research Report (2014) (2014/p28-29) Extrapolating the results of the 1st UK Carbon Audit of a Park 300,000 Ha of grass would sequester 2M-3M t C02 eq / yr Romsey War Memorial Park Carbon Audit - H. Wood (2010) [EÍEÍJTÍRC›a, :lrf'r"l', lilei "E": HÊIELÊÍN ÍÍII, FIÉQà! >-*IT', RIÍÍ"'(TIRE 'ÍC JISLJVAEÍI" illíilllãl"7à| if'r' rxcmr' JBVIINGN' . V. ~”7àl¡l'l'llñl -“Z, !!§›l| lf'E-'›
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