Grass free lawn in London park

Tue, Jun 11, 2013

Climate Change, Lawns, UK Climate Change

The desire for a perfect weed free lawn is no longer set to be the ultimate garden statement. The latest trend in the garden is to use flowers and herbs to “bee” more environmentally friendly.

One example of this is a beautiful floral, scented lawn, just planted in a west London park which is providing a better habitat for pollinating insects than traditional grass, according to researchers.

The grass-free lawn, which is believed to be the first in a public park, was the brainchild of PhD researcher Lionel Smith from the University of Reading and was commissioned for the park by Kensington and Chelsea council.

Mr Smith told BBC News how he devised the lawn and explains that its plants, which include daisies red-flowering clover, thyme, chamomile, pennyroyal and Corsican mint, create a “pollinator-friendly patchwork” – with 25% more insect life than that found in “traditionally managed grass lawns”.

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