Good news to soothe a troubled country!: The lawn is the most ubiquitous feature of the British garden. But the survival of the domestic lawn has never looked more threatened. The needs of that lawn have been conspicuously absent at the horticultural top-table – until now.
The newly-launched Lawn Association intends to address this, being the UK’s first and only expert-led organization dedicated equally to the needs of professionals, enthusiasts and even reluctant gardeners.
Why is this needed? For a long time the underdog in the horticultural world, the domestic lawn is now a symbol of the fight to preserve essential parts of our biodiversity and living, green environment. It’s in our own interests, as David-Hedges-Gower, the association’s Chairman explains:
“We need grass. And we need lawns. Health and science research now routinely cites the lawn as an essential garden component contributing to a healthy environment, biodiversity and lifestyle. So, after decades of some excoriation and a lifetime of poor lawn care practice, it’s now really important to help everybody – professional and enthusiasts, even reluctant gardeners – to enjoy and maintain healthy lawns.”
Stakeholders: The future of the British lawn sits jointly with three stakeholders – lawn and other horticultural professionals, gardeners, and the influential media. And the Lawn Association is the only authoritative organization to develop integrated support for all three.
How do you choose a lawn care provider? How do you learn the best modern lawn care practice? How do you know which are the best sustainable and organic ways of looking after your lawn? Where do you find reliable information for your audience?
These and more are the questions the Lawn Association will address through its educational programmes, product development and accurate information.
Free membership is available to all gardeners. This will help to maintain and grow enthusiasm for simple but good lawn care, and, by knowing how to assess products and services, they can more confidently play their part in preserving and improving our country’s lawns.
“Lawn professionals, landscapers and garden designers – ecologists, biologists, and environmentalists – keen (and not so keen) gardeners – even the lawn care manufacturing industry – we ALL want the same thing! We want to reverse the decline of the British garden lawn and to enjoy happier, healthier outdoor spaces. We all have a stake in it – and with the Lawn Association’s help, we can make a real difference!”
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