As the improvement work nears completion on our second pitch we at BRFC are pleased to announce an exciting and eco-friendly way of maintaining the pitches at Lily Hill.
Working with the School of Agriculture at the University of Reading we are pleased to announce that a specially bred flock sheep will be introduced at Lily Hill on trail basis. The sheep have been bred so that the process of grazing on the Lily Hill grass will over time give the grass a special coating turning the pitches effectively into the equivalent of 4G pitches. One sheep in the flock has even been specially trained and bred so that it will produce the white lines for each pitch.
Professor Alf Priool from the University of Reading said “We are delighted to have selected Bracknell Rugby Club for this trail and the existing ha-ha in front of Lily Hill House will keep the sheep from wandering into the woods. Our initial trails were very successful but the grass was turned bright pink in some cases due to underlying soil conditions. Having checked the soil conditions at Lily Hill, we are confident this will not be an issue but we would ask each player to closely inspect the Lily Hill pitches prior to use just to ensure that they are not changing in colour. ”
From next season the club is also planning offering lamb kebabs on the menu for the match day BBQ – keep an eye out for this delicious addition.
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