icking far more than just the ‘green’ box, a pair of INFINICUT® mowers are delivering a first-class finish at Stanley Park Sports Ground – a 47-acre facility, owned, managed and maintained by Chippenham Town Council. More than 100 teams of all ages and levels call Stanley Park their home, including Forest Green Rovers FC who have used the venue for first-team training for the last four seasons. It is here that the combination of a 34” FX cylinder and SM34 Rotary are perfecting both pre and post-match presentation.
Chippenham Town Council are two years into their pledge of becoming a ‘Carbon-Neutral’ Council by 2030 – with all areas of their operation, including their grounds maintenance, under review for cleaner, greener alternatives. Head of Leisure Services Paul Harvey said that switching to battery-powered mowers was a logical first step. “Whilst we’re keen to be investing in more sustainable solutions to our everyday tasks, it is critical that any equipment we procure produces the results we need to fulfil the expectations of the professional teams we host” says Paul.
“It was evident from the first demonstration that the INFINICUT® range was a perfect fit for us – meeting our carbon objectives but also delivering a fantastic quality of cut, and presentation that is second to none.” This strong first impression led to the purchase of a 34” FX cylinder mower in May 2021. “We use this for FGR’s pitch preparations and across some of the other pitches on the site when we need to elevate presentation to the next level. Switching to a pedestrian mower has also enabled us to keep heavier equipment off the surfaces, noticeably reducing issues associated with drainage and compaction.”
To complement their 34” FX, the council further invested this year in an INFINICUT® SM34 Rotary, delivered in April by local dealer Hunt Forest Group. “After consultations with Oliver Hall at INFINICUT®, a dedicated Rotary machine for the clean-up cut was the next step for us. The powerful suction of the SM34 stands the plant up and removes any debris, leaving the pitch absolutely spotless! In the short time we’ve had this machine, it has already made a huge difference.”
“As a council, we have strict budgets we must work to so purchasing the right machines for the job at hand is essential” Paul concludes. “The INFINICUT® mowers are not only helping us to fulfil our green objectives but the professional presentation they deliver has not gone unnoticed, undoubtedly helping us to secure a recent contract extension with Forest Green, who are now staying with us for at least another season.”