February 13, 2015
This story is taken from the Grimsby Telegraph.
Do you have any similar lamps you can offer to the club to give us special grass?
(Or maybe not.)
HEAT lamps that were used to grow cannabis will now help Lincoln City’s Sincil Bank pitch stay green. Three lamps, which have been confiscated by officers, have been donated to the Imps by police to help improve pitch maintenance, reports the Lincolnshire Echo. The idea is similar to initiatives used by Notts County, Oldham and Rochdale – with the lights to be mounted on special rigs at Sincil Bank.
The light from the lamp heats up the soil and replicates warmer summer conditions to help the grass grow and will help improve and cultivate the turf around the goal mouths and other worn areas.
Head groundsman Phil Kime said: “Over a season the playing surface gets a lot of wear and tear, especially the South Park goalmouth which doesn’t get any sunlight for at least four months of the year so this would make a great difference.
“We will be looking at constructing a mobile framework over the next few weeks to hang the lights from and then converting the power supply from the stadium generator to keep running costs to a minimum.
“Our thanks again go to Lincolnshire Police as without their support we would not have been able to bring this project to reality.”
Police spokeswoman Lucy Bogustawski said: “We are incredibly pleased to be able to put these lamps to good use after they have been seized as part of criminal investigations.
“Once items like these are ordered to be destroyed by the courts there is a cost to the force to get rid of them so not only does it help financially, but it puts them to good community use.
“We have built up an excellent working relationship over a number of years with the club and we are pleased we can continue to work together and strengthen our already excellent working relationship.
“And hopefully it will assist them with the maintenance and upkeep of our local football ground. We hope in the future to be able to donate more lamps like these.”