Following the Eisteddfod Festival in August 2008 the Council decided to refurbish the sports pitches occupied by the Festival. Part of this refurbishment included the construction of 4 new natural grass cricket squares (8 strips) and outfields. The squares are based with 100mm of free draining stone and 100mm layer of local clay soil. The top layer consists of 2 grades of Boughton County Loam, 10mm and 3mm. These were laid in two layers by hand levelled using steel screed rails. Compaction was carried out by traditional heel/toe method which we believe still provides the best surface and finish for natural grass wickets. The squares were seeded with a 3 dwarf rye mix and have been carefully managed through establishment so that they are ready for the 2010 season.

Site Address: Pontcanna Playing Fields, Cardiff.

Client: Cardiff County Council

Contact: Mr Paul Freeman (Landscape Architect)
Tel: 02920 684116

Contract Value: 26,000.00/square (overall contract 450,000.00)
Construction duration: 52 weeks (each square construction 2 weeks)
Completion Date: Seeded September 2009, Handover May 2010