Dollis Hill’s Gladstone Park receives delivery of top soilfrom Wembley Stadium
PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:18 30 July 2018
Joanne Davidson for The FA
Gladstone Park in Dollis Hill received a special delivery on Wednesday in the form of several tonnes of soil from Wembley Stadium’s hallowed turf.
The park is one of several across the borough of Brent to receive soil from the national stadium following its pitch renovation over the summer ahead of the new football season.
Wembley Stadium’s head groundsman Karl Standley joined local groundskeepers at the Gladstone Park to help disperse the soil over the park’s football pitch, and offer guidance and advice on how to keep the grass plant in good condition.
Once applied to the pitch, it is hoped the nutrient-rich soil will help to produce and maintain a high quality surface for the local community to use.
The activity was overseen by Wembley’s waste management partner, Veolia, who have been responsible for distributing over 130 tonnes of the stadium’s soil to parks and pitches across the borough this summer.
“My team and I take great pride in looking after the pitch at Wembley Stadium,” said Standley.
“At the end of the season, it’s heartening to see the soil being put to good use in this way.
“The soil distributed at Gladstone Park today has been part of some incredible events, including England internationals, NFL games and an Emirates FA Cup Final.
“It’s also packed with nutrients, so will hopefully have a really positive impact on our neighbouring parks and pitches.
“I hope local children enjoy playing on it as much as I’ve enjoyed looking after it this season.”
Veolia operations manager Bruno Silva added: “Veolia is always looking for ways to reuse and recycle materials so they do not go to waste.
“As we are the waste management partner for Wembley Stadium and also maintain Brent’s parks on behalf of the Council, we were ideally placed to facilitate a reuse option for the topsoil.”
Cabinet Member for the Environment at Brent Council, Cllr Krupa Sheth, said: “I am really excited to see such a great example of soil being reused in an environmentally friendly way.
“Not only does this benefit our football pitches, it also shows that materials can be recycled to the benefit of the local community. We are grateful to The FA and Veolia for making this happen.”