About the Lawn Association
The Lawn Association was created by David Hedges-Gower and Chris Conroy-Smith after both had grown concerned with the lack of accurate and modern lawn care information available to the average domestic gardener, as well as the significant lack of basic knowledge among the vast majority of UK based lawn care and horticultural professionals.
Together they analysed the problems facing British lawns and found that correct lawn care knowledge was very hard to find online and even basic knowledge was severely lacking within existing professional and domestic ‘lawn keepers’, whilst main stream media appeared to be led by incorrect and outdated lawn care methodology, often perpetuated by well known gardeners, who whilst expert in terms of plants appeared utterly lacking in any real knowledge on how to care for a lawn successfully.
It was clear to both Chris and David that lawns in the UK were on the decline. Too often homeowners only had access to poor quality chemically laden 4 in 1 type fertilisers and little access to quality useable products and machinery to care for their lawns.
If homeowners turned to a professional company to care for their lawn they were often serviced by companies who claimed to be ‘expert’ but who in fact had almost zero practical lawn care knowledge beyond the rudimentary basics of sports turf care and were happy to apply high nitrogen, plastic coated chemical fertilisers, or use inappropriate and expensive aerations more suited to golf courses than the average British lawn. Too many people had cottoned on to the fact that the lack of knowledge of the average lawn owner had created a huge opportunity to sell low quality products and services with little to no way for the consumer to know any better.
Sadly this lack of faith in in their lawns were leading many to replace their lawns with ‘plastic grass’ as people simply grew frustrated, unable to keep their lawns healthy.
Worse still, leading organisation’s such as the RHS were actively promoting and encouraging the use of ‘Plastic grass’ instead of promoting good, practical and sustainable lawn care.
To combat this crisis the Lawn Association was born;
Our mission is to:
- Improve correct lawn care training and knowledge for horticultural professionals
- Help gardening enthusiasts to achieve the best results
- Support the media with accurate and relevant information
- Promote development and availability of greener lawn care products and machinery
Why the UK needs a Lawn Association
The Lawn Association is the essential link between three interdependent groups – 1) gardening enthusiasts, 2) lawn professionals, landscapers and garden designers, and 3) horticultural media. The more access these groups have to reliable and correct information, the better for our lawns.
And the Lawn Association is the ONLY voice working proactively to preserve lawns as essential environmental contributors, by promoting accurate and authoritative information and encouraging innovative R&D.
About the Lawn Associations Chairman
“Lawn care can be sustainable and yet simple. And it’s my aim with the Lawn Association to make that possible for anyone.”
David Hedges-Gower is widely regarded as the UK’s leading lawn expert and ambassador, working tirelessly in this role to improve lawn care practice at all levels.
‘Every day we are warned of yet another way we are threatening our health and our planet – and at last the importance of living grass in our environments has finally been recognised. Just in time too. Over several decades, far too many of our lawns have been destroyed, wrongly accused of everything from high cost to intensive maintenance.
Lawns don’t just please the eye; they also make a massive environmental contribution. They cool our gardens (countering the heating effect of concrete and other hardcore); the CO2 intake and oxygen release are second to none; they filter our water and millions of tonnes of dust…the list could go on. Sadly, the common replacements for living lawns – parking areas, decking, plastic grass, etc – contribute nothing to our health or that of the planet
People say that lawns require chemicals, precious resources and time to maintain. But they are wrong; the opposite is true. Lawns get ample water from nature’s own supplies, adapting and surviving during dry spells. Dense grass successfully resists so-called weeds without the need for herbicides. And whilst strong lawns enjoy a feed, what better way than to choose fertilisers made from a sustainable source such as food waste? We even have battery-powered mowers (and robotic ones for people who are seriously short of time).
When you look deeply, as I do, we have a plant that covers many parts of the world – 27% of it, I believe. That means grass is here for a reason – our planet needs it – and so we shouldn’t be casually destroying it. We don’t all have to have a manicured Wimbledon piece of turf, but keeping healthy lawns, containing whatever you want, is a great and simple way to do something positive. A healthy lawn enhances nature; it doesn’t harm it.’