The development of grass varieties for amenity uses is a long-term, costly and sophisticated business. Plant breeding (crossing, selecting and conducting trials) typically takes a decade or more, before varieties are ready for release into Governmental registration and Industry performance trials. Subsequent investment in production, stock-holding, manufacturing and marketing is expensive. The exploitation and utilisation of the superior varieties made available by this process require expert guidance and advice.
The purpose of Turfgrass Seed is to report comprehensive results of available varieties in trials designed to test suitability for:
Use in winter sports pitches, such as football and rugby fields, and municipal recreation areas (Sports Uses Trials).
Use in lawns, summer sports pitches, tennis courts, turf and general landscaping (Lawns Landscaping, Summer Sports and Turf Trials).
Use in the intensive management seen on golf and bowling greens (Greens, Close Mown Trials).
Turfgrass Seed presents the best available interpretation of correctly designed, accurately analysed and independently supervised trials to our collective customer, the professional user of high quality amenity grass cultivars.
The Turfgrass trials are conducted in Bingley, West Yorkshire.
BSPB is the trade association, based at Ely in Cambridgeshire, which represents the interests of companies with plant breeding and seeds supply businesses in the UK. Companies can participate as Full Members or Associates and the Society caters for businesses with large or small turnovers.
The major functions of BSPB include:
The BSPB Amenity Committee comprises representatives of all the major breeders developing new cultivars for customers in the UK. Its objectives include the long term:
The seed merchants listed below are primary agents for grasses listed in this booklet. Short codes have been given so that the grasses listed in the different tables can be cross-referenced with their suppliers.
Names and addresses of other breeders and suppliers, with only a restricted number of varieties in the booklet, are available from the BSPB.