After 102 years of history, Kingsbridge Town Bowls Club’s matches came to an abrupt halt last season due to deteriorating ground conditions.
Grass mysteriously disappeared and the greens turn black, all due to sewage contamination caused by a broken underground main crossing Duncombe Park. With the sewer now repaired, major works are about to get underway to strip and remove the polluted soil and to resurface the bowling green with 180 tons of high grade rootzone soil. All being well, the club will then be ready to resume play on the reseeded surface at the start of next season.
Town have also taken this opportunity to provide a computer controlled irrigation system and the tank has already been delivered and placed in position.
The work was originally programmed for early March in time for the current season but it had to be put on hold due to lockdown.
Chairman Ray Lancaster praised members for the preparation works already undertaken, both prior and after lockdown which will enable specialist landscape contractors to start on a 2 week contract on Monday 6 July.
Arrangements have been made for transporting materials by dumper truck to and from lorries on an agreed protected route across the park. Temporary fencing with a public crossing point will be installed so that the park remains open and safe for the public. Marshalls will also be in attendance.
It has been a difficult time for the club but the future is now bright and the club apologises in advance for the inconvenience that these works will cause.