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Kevin 21601/04/2020 10:23:30
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I noticed today the Green Keepers at a local golf club out cutting the greens, and wondered if clubs intend to maintain the flying sites during lockdown?

SIMON CRAGG01/04/2020 10:26:26
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No, site out of bounds for the foreseeable future. Farmer and all members advised.

alan p01/04/2020 10:32:42
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Try telling Mr Plod your essential travel is to mow the lawn!! Immediate £60 light in the walletcrook

John Wagg01/04/2020 11:47:33
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Is mowing the grass not classed as exercise. ? wink

kevin b01/04/2020 11:52:50
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Curious.

They can still cut golf courses, but we aren't allowed to cut flying strips !

There again, golf makes more money than model aeroplane flying.

Maybe I'm just cynical. question

john stones 101/04/2020 12:03:09
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Greens on a golf course take lots of looking after, I don't resent them working, our grass gets cut and some choose to land in the next field, couple of cuts we'll be sorted.

Peter Miller01/04/2020 12:09:19
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I have just seen a clarificatioin on drving

Driving a reasonable distance for excercise is OK.

Mowing could be called excercise.

I shall now drive to the flying field for excercise. when the crops get too high tofly from the field in front of the house

Keith Sharples01/04/2020 12:27:45
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Our chairman had an advisory email from the BMFA saying (and it's common sense really) don't cut flying patches as to travel to them to do the job would be classed as a nonessential journey. Which of course it is. SO golf courses, the way I see it if the person doing the cutting has to drive there then no it should not be done NON ESSENTIAL TRAVEL. A grey area is if the person doing the cutting lives on site!! But surely even doing the task itself is non essential.

Being a bit cynical, the demographic membership of the majority of golf clubs is of the more ..............well to do ........... have a social standing, especially where I live...... (best way I can put it). To let the golf course go to rack and ruin as seen by the social standing membership as mentioned, is just not on, no matter what the crisis and social restrictions are imposed on us. Now the flying field which is very simular in habitat (isolated) can just go to rack and ruin. Strikes me as one rule them and another for the rest of us.

But it still comes down to the NON ESSENTIAL TRAVEL in the end

Turned into a bit of a rant sorry.

paul d01/04/2020 12:29:56
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As far as I'm aware most golf courses are closed, my son is a greenkeeper and he's got the next 3 weeks off, just the head greeny going in every other day to cut the greens, fairways etc are fine just left.

john stones 101/04/2020 12:46:53
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Life will return to normal some day, the greens are high maintenance, our strips are a different story.

I expect cricket pitches, football pitches etc are being maintained also.

Edited By john stones 1 on 01/04/2020 12:49:47

Chris Berry01/04/2020 13:14:41
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For those of you saying a flying site doesn't take much looking after, then feel free to accompany me to our flying site once you feel happy to do so. I can tell you that our flying site takes a lot of work. We like to fly from a smooth, rolled and mower strip which is suitable for all types of models, not just those with tundra tyres or hand launch.

 

 

Edited By Chris Berry on 01/04/2020 13:29:16

Cuban801/04/2020 13:30:32
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Both of the clubs that I use have spent thousands of pounds in equipment and materials over the years to bring the strips up to scratch and keep them that way. If they are neglected, as I suspect, for at least six months and with the possibility of a nice Spring and Summer to really get the grass growing, it'll be waist high in no time. Not terminal, but a hell of a lot of work and expense when the time comes.

As for Golf courses, I suppose if they employ  professional green keepers, they  just carry on going to work as usual to maintain the business's infrastructure. I can't imagine that Professional Football or Cricket will allow their pitches to overgrow.

The amateur side of things is different ,in that having a volunteer travelling to a field or venue of any description to maintain it will be quite wrong as things stand at the moment.

When I walked to the local shop this morning I saw a couple of council bods emptying rubbish bins and a bloke changing the poster in a bus stop display. A lot of normal things are going on as before or as much a can be done sensibly and safely , so perhaps an exemption could be made in special circumstances and on an individual basis to permit travel to private community based outdoor sites that will otherwise be badly affected by neglect because of 'non-essential travel'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited By Cuban8 on 01/04/2020 13:36:53

BackinBlack01/04/2020 13:32:49
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I guess that most Golf Clubs employ the greenkeeper. Therefore, as working from home is not an option and providing they have not been furloughed, carrying out normal work whilst observing social distancing is quite acceptable under the current rules.

I have also noticed that local Gardeners and Handymen are continuing to work, no problem maintaining appropriate distancing.

john stones 101/04/2020 13:37:55
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Can't see where anyone one said flying sites, don't take much looking after ?

Our strips as smooth as a babies bottom, the hedges/trees get cut on a regular basis as do the pits areas, litter gets picked up, as for accompanying you, no ta, got our own to look after, grass will grow a bit, a couple of cuts it'll be fine.

Some people are out mowing golf/cricket/football pitches, good, people will want to return to normal, have some fun, these businesses will need money.

john stones 101/04/2020 13:40:43
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Posted by BackinBlack on 01/04/2020 13:32:49:

I guess that most Golf Clubs employ the greenkeeper. Therefore, as working from home is not an option and providing they have not been furloughed, carrying out normal work whilst observing social distancing is quite acceptable under the current rules.

I have also noticed that local Gardeners and Handymen are continuing to work, no problem maintaining appropriate distancing.

I'm a local gardener, got plenty work needs doing all on hold for now, many of my jobs are for older folks, no way am I going to their houses.

Chris Berry01/04/2020 13:47:14
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Posted by john stones 1 on 01/04/2020 13:37:55:

Can't see where anyone one said flying sites, don't take much looking after ?

Our strips as smooth as a babies bottom, the hedges/trees get cut on a regular basis as do the pits areas, litter gets picked up, as for accompanying you, no ta, got our own to look after, grass will grow a bit, a couple of cuts it'll be fine.

Some people are out mowing golf/cricket/football pitches, good, people will want to return to normal, have some fun, these businesses will need money.

You suggest that a couple of cuts and itll be back to normal. Not the case if left for a month or more. Certainly if left until June, then forget flying for several months after.

There is then a risk that if the site is not useable that members will find a club that is and come renewal time members will go elsewhere, as they are settled at new sites. People should not underestimate the impacts of strips not being cut.

I see no difference between the cutting of a golf course, cricket pitch or football pitch and a flying site. All are essential maintenance and whether paid or voluntary, all are acting as 'employees' of the association.

john stones 101/04/2020 13:57:54
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Yep if you've a good grass field, it'll be o.k your first cut will be tough and loads of cuttings (As will everyones) get organised take some rakes, you/we will be well rested.

Business, is getting hammered, they're a different story to our hobby.

Barnstormer 5201/04/2020 14:54:03
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I play golf and I'm also a modeller.

Our flying site is closed.

The golf course is closed despite the fact that it been arranged so that nothing would have to be touched.

With common sense both activities could be carried out while maintaining social distancing.

The course has to be maintained, I agree the strip does as well.

Sadly it seems mostly as though common sense has gone out of the window.

I cannot see how one guy in the middle of a field with a lawn mover is hampering the effort to keep Covid-19 at bay.

If it was for just a few weeks it would be manageable.

Maybe wait till Easter, the 3 weeks will be up - and although it's doubtful - maybe restrictions might be eased just a tad to allow activities like mowing the strip to take place.

Or perhaps may ask local Council or Sports Council?

Surely maintenance of a facility is allowable, our local sailing club is closed, but surely if you had a vessel afloat checking the moorings and pumping out the bilges to prevent it from sinking would be allowed?

I am sure that if this goes on till the end of the summer a lot of other things that haven't been thought of yet will become issues.

Fatscoleymo01/04/2020 18:50:36
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John Stones - gawd bless you my son - you do talk a lot of common sense - which we need in bucket full's at the moment.

Peter Christy01/04/2020 19:05:11
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I think its fairly safe to assume that your area's Chief Constable will be a member of the Golf Club!

Or am I just being an old cynic?

angry

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