‘Overgrown’ soccer pitches to be mown for the weekend

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All council maintained football pitches in Barnsley are to be mown today or tomorrow ahead of matches taking place this weekend.

The pledge comes after complaints were made about the quality of Barnsley Council pitches, some of which were said to be ‘looking overgrown’.

A council spokesman said: “Present weather conditions are ideal for grass growth. However, Neighbourhood Services has pooled its resources to ensure all council maintained pitches will be cut before this weekend’s matches.

“There is a delicate balance to ensure adequate grass to ensure good playing conditions later, but not too much cut grass on the surface which occurs if grass is cut too short.”