About the Lawn Association
Our mission is to:
- Improve training and opportunities 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 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.’