The Technical tours will introduce you to Nordic turfgrass research and development, which is focusing on internationally important key areas. These include the pressure from government demands for greater environmental regulation, the increasing pressure on natural resources (notably water, energy and land), the emerging role of turf management in supporting ecosystem services and enhancing biodiversity, the continued need to promote integrated pest management, and the looming challenges posed by a changing climate, and urgent need to adapt.
A full day of technical tours is planned for the Wednesday, highlighting the extraordinary range of turf venues and areas of interest in the Öresund area (Denmark and Sweden). Depending on the tour you choose, attendees will for example visit multifunctional golf courses, historical castle gardens, high quality sport arenas, and green areas important for urban sustainability. All tours will end at the DLF research station in Store Heddinge where we will get an introduction to their breeding programme and a tour to experimental facilities and field trials. The day will conclude by a BBQ dinner hosted by the DLF.
Preliminary: Fieldtrips 13 July 2021
- Tystofte, Scanturf testing site. TystofteFonden handles and coordinates the implementation of the statutory variety testing of agricultural plants and lawn-grasses as well as certification of propagating material of seeds and seeds
- Sorø golf course, involved in research – presentation of research project about bees.
- Kronborg is a castle and fortress in Elsinore. The castle is one of Northern Europe's most significant Renaissance castles and was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in the year 2000. Grass makes up a large proportion of the outdoor area. Lawn maintenance and construction in a challenging environment.
- Hørsholm golf course, a GEO certified course, Environmental work and pesticide free management on.
- Parken, the Danish national football stadium. Used for football and other events (speedway, concerts etc.) which is a challenge for the turf.
- Furesø golf course. The First Danish course awarded with the Golf sports Environmental price. A golf course with a scientific approach to lawn maintenance.
- Copenhagen golf course. A multifunctional, pesticide free golf course, which is a challenge for the turf maintenance. A very unique and special place close to the capital.
- Højbakkegård, The University of Copenhagen’s research station, special test facilities for root growth.
- Smørum golf course. A golf course that practice maintenance according to red fescue. Special focus on rough area maintenance.
- Brøndby stadium and training facilities with hybrid turf. Home stadium for one of the top clubs in Denmark. Challenges in producing quality turf.
- Augustenborg, Scandinavian Green roof institute. The challenge of establishing grass on a green roof.
- Ljunghus golf course. A high-class golf course focusing on sustainable management.
NB : All trips will end the day at DLF Trifolium research station (breeding and testing activities)