Seed specialist’s Euro 2012 boost

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A BURY St Edmunds seed specialist has given a boost to the England squad’s chances for Euro 2012 after helping to transform their training camp pitch.

Barenbrug UK, which is based on Rougham Industrial Estate, has supplied 1,500 kilos of durable grass seed for the Hutnik Nowa Huta football club’s Premier League standard playing surface, in Krakow, Poland.

The Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) used a combination of the company’s BAR 7, BAR 8 and BAR 50 SOS sports mixtures to revitalise the worn and muddy pitch.

The seed was planted through Poland coldest winter in 40 years and the grass is designed to withstand freezing tempertaures.

Paul Warner, marketing manager, said: “It germinates at a very cool temperature and that particular mixture is very good at sustaining winter pitch cover. It’s really fantastic and wonderful for us to be able to support the English football team abroad.

“They were looking for a Premiership quality pitch so the England team can train on a ground which they’re used to.

“We’re synonymous with the introduction of innovative grass seed solutions. All of our hardwork, research and development is paying off.”

Seventy five bags of the seed was used at Hutnik while a further four tonnes of Royal Barenbrug Group seed is being used across Polish and Ukrainian Euro 2012 tournament venues. This includes the Warsaw National Stadium, which plays host to the opening game between Poland and Greece today.

The company has previously supplied grass seed mixtures to Premiership clubs and the England World Cup training camp in South Africa.

The company has been based in Bury for more than 20 years and distributes about 4,000 tonnes of grass seed every year. Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=BluCBrCTm8Y to see STRI’s video on the work in Poland.