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John Deere tractors will soon be appearing at racecourses up and down the UK.

The machinery will be used to maintain seven racecourses around the country, thanks to an agreement with Arena Leisure plc.

Arena Leisure is the biggest racecourse operator in Britain, hosting 25 per cent of racing fixtures at seven racecourses around the country.

Ground staff at Doncaster, Folkestone, Lingfield Park, Royal Windsor, Southwell, Wolverhampton and Worcester will use John Deere equipment to maintain the courses, on a combined total of 514 hectares (1,271 acres).

Arena Leisure’s group procurement and special projects manager Geoff Adcock said: “We need reliable equipment and support with such a busy calendar — including 80 days of racing at Southwell and from 90 to 100 days at Wolverhampton.”

He added: “The key for us is that John Deere can supply everything we need, from walk-behind and ride-on mowers, and up to 200hp tractors.”

John Deere equipment will also be used by grounds staff at two 18-hole golf courses and two hotel complexes also used by Arena Leisure plc.