Green improvements at Kirkheaton Con

Like a number of local bowling clubs with too many members with time on their hands thoughts turn to how that time can be used to improve their surroundings. At my club, Kirkheaton Cons, work has concentrated on not only improving the green but also upgrading the boundary furniture and features.

Considerable work has been done on the green surface and a new watering system with huge tank has been installed. The top photo shows the green being opened up with the removal of some boundary trees making the green now looking wider than it's 28 metres. Still the narrowest green in Yorkshire but the impression of always being hemmed in now being diluted with the changes.

Considerable more seating has been installed as well around the boundary including a new bench seating on the south-facing wall which becomes even more of a sun-trap for more people than previously. Finally, Cons stalwart Ken Brook donated his matchstick bowler made of random parts and this has been placed in a prominent corner.

Ken was telling me about changes to the green over the years and in particular a couple of quick runaway spots which were particularly difficult for visiting bowlers to spot and counter. He admitted that he used to visit the green on quiet occasions to contribute to these peaks by adding sifted soil until he got caught by a lady member and had to stop.

Send us your photos of any green that has had a facelift or any changes at all so that we can applaud the work of the clubs taking this break in service to offer an improved environment and investing in bowling for the future. Send Your Photos

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