About Agrostis Sports Surface Consulting
Agrostis is an independent sports and amenity surface consultancy founded by Dr Tim Lodge in 2005 and incorporated (as Agrostis Turf Consultancy Ltd) in 2008. We base our work firmly on the scientific principles relevant to the field; soil, surface and material science, botany, hydrology, geology etc. We also adopt an holistic approach to the interpretation of sites that takes into account the social and environmental aspects of sports facility design, construction and maintenance.
Since we operate within an already highly specialised field, we aim to provide all our clients with a comprehensive (and comprehensible) service applicable to sites and projects at all levels and stages. This ranges from the provision of simple agronomy advice or sample data interpretation to the complete consultancy service for new facility development.
Agronomy advice might take the form of an inspection and report on a sports facility such as a golf course, cricket pitch, domestic lawn or polo ground. We will advise for example on the choice and use of fertiliser, aeration work, top dressing and seed selection. We also carry out some in-house sample testing.
With new developments, or where substantial improvement operations are intended for existing facilities, we try to follow a consistent process:
If a planning application is required, we’ll deal with that also, before or simultaneously with the development of the detailed design and specification.
It is this approach that is normally expected where projects are being part funded by external bodies such as the Football Foundation or Sport England. Consequently, the style of our documentation is such that it conforms to the expectations of these organisations and may be used therefore in the process of grant applications etc.
If you're in any doubt about whether or how we may best be able to help you, simply give us a call. We love talking about the sports surface business anyway!
Having been in that business since 1989 Agrostis, and especially its founder Tim Lodge, is well known within the industry. We enjoy friendly and business-like relations for example with most of the contractors who commonly operate in the field. We retain complete independence, however, our obligations being solely to each and every one of our clients, no-one else. Rigorous adherence to this policy sometimes causes frustration in some quarters but it has meant that our technical opinion is highly regarded and sought after, entirely uninfluenced as it is by commercial considerations.
Dr. Tim Lodge
HTim has over 25 years experience in sports surface research, agronomy and construction and has worked throughout the UK, in the USA, in Europe, Africa and China. He has a PhD in sports turf, acquired in 1994 from the University of Leeds with a thesis entitled ‘The Construction, Irrigation and Fertiliser Nutrition of UK Golf Greens’ while working for STRI.
After undertaking additional research work on golf courses, in 1995 Tim began advising sports facilities in the north-east of England, from the Scottish Borders to The Wash. In 1997 he moved to Suffolk to operate initially in East Anglia and subsequently as a senior agronomist with responsibilities to clients throughout the south of England.
In August 2005, Tim founded Agrostis, working first as a sole trader until the company was incorporated in 2008.
Tim is a founder member of RIPTA, the Register of Independent Professional Turfgrass Agronomists and also on the UK Register of Expert Witnesses, and on the NEWA (National Expert Witness Agency) as an expert in all aspects of turf management, construction and establishment.
Tim has undertaken a great deal of Research and Development in the field of sports turf. Some of his publications are detailed here.
Away from Agrostis, Tim has a keen interest in theatre, mountaineering and rock climbing. He also plays the cello.
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Mrs Sarah Cousins
Sarah takes care of all Agrostis office administration and also a good deal of the work for RIPTA. Highly experienced in book-keeping and general secretarial work, Sarah started with Agrostis back in 2006. She certainly knows her way around the business and much of the sports turf industry in general.
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