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The case for natural grass over synthetics

Sitting in the sunshine today in Arundel Square in the London Borough of Islington looking at the inspirational grassy landscape created by Frances Christie of Remapp Landscape Architects, I couldn’t help thinking why would anybody want to sit, walk or play on anything other than natural grass. It is a richly sensual experience and indeed research conducted by Plant for Life records definite reductions in heart rate and stress levels when people walk barefoot from artificial surfaces onto real grass.

Although there are obvious situations where the artificial product makes sense such as hockey pitches or heavily used mounds in children’s play areas, there are many other reasons why natural grass should always be the preferred option and these are covered in my recent article in Greenkeeper International Magazine on the advantages of natural grass – click to download article (Pdf, 616kb)