Spring 2013 represents a huge step forward for amenity grass research and development in the UK with around 600 turf plots being sown at Barenbrug UK's trial site at Cropvale Farm in Worcestershire.

The new sowings showcase the full spectrum of Barenbrug's expertise, from breeding to product development and mixture synergy, with some exciting and truly innovative new advancements.

Approximately half the plots are pure research areas, looking at the performance of the very best new genetic material from Barenbrug's extensive global breeding programmes in the UK environment. This will provide valuable information at an early stage of a new cultivar's development, and potentially enable us to speed up the lengthy (typically 16-17 years) time it takes for a new variety to become commercially available.

The remaining plots will focus primarily on product development, enhancing the already industry-leading BAR Range grass seed mixtures. For example, new formulations of the ground-breaking BAR 7 RPR blend will be rigorously tested under winter sports wear simulation. The way in which these trials are conducted and analysed will also be improved, with a new quantitative scoring system being implemented. The goal is to provide end-users with reliable, objective data with which to make decisions in their role as turf managers.

The trial site will also feature some demonstration areas, where our innovative RPR (Regenerating Perennial Ryegrass) technology will take centre stage alongside a Biodiversity section, showcasing wildflowers and unmown grass mixtures.

Cropvale will be very much open to visitors, with a new log cabin complete with hospitality and presentation facilities in place. We look forward to welcoming you in the near future!


Spring 2013 represents a huge step forward for amenity grass research and development in the UK with around 600 turf plots being sown at Barenbrug UK's trial site at Cropvale Farm in Worcestershire.

The new sowings showcase the full spectrum of Barenbrug's expertise, from breeding to product development and mixture synergy, with some exciting and truly innovative new advancements.

Approximately half the plots are pure research areas, looking at the performance of the very best new genetic material from Barenbrug's extensive global breeding programmes in the UK environment. This will provide valuable information at an early stage of a new cultivar's development, and potentially enable us to speed up the lengthy (typically 16-17 years) time it takes for a new variety to become commercially available.

The remaining plots will focus primarily on product development, enhancing the already industry-leading BAR Range grass seed mixtures. For example, new formulations of the ground-breaking BAR 7 RPR blend will be rigorously tested under winter sports wear simulation. The way in which these trials are conducted and analysed will also be improved, with a new quantitative scoring system being implemented. The goal is to provide end-users with reliable, objective data with which to make decisions in their role as turf managers.

The trial site will also feature some demonstration areas, where our innovative RPR (Regenerating Perennial Ryegrass) technology will take centre stage alongside a Biodiversity section, showcasing wildflowers and unmown grass mixtures.

Cropvale will be very much open to visitors, with a new log cabin complete with hospitality and presentation facilities in place. We look forward to welcoming you in the near future!