Archive for November, 2013

Enchanting Garden Created with Fake Grass

Friday, November 29th, 2013
Creative Uses for Fake Grass

What could you create with fake grass?

A concrete storage area, between classrooms at a primary school in Cornwall has been transformed into a fairy-tale garden with fake grass.  Nansloe school has just received an award for the inspiring project which has created a magical storytelling garden for pupils.

Brightly painted double doors from the playground set the scene, bearing the words “one upon a time.”  The area features a hobbit house, wooden reading tower, mushroom seating area, castle-themed stage, and faux-pond complete with crocodile and bridge.  It is entirely carpeted in fake grass and covered by a glass canopy, with lighting and a sound-system.

The only one of its kind in the Country, the space cannot qualify for best library as it doesn’t have shelves of books.  However, The School Library Association decided it should receive a special commemorative award for its “’compelling contribution to innovation.”

Designed as place where children can immerse themselves in stories, there’s a throne, mini pirate ship and even costumes so they act out their favourites on the stage.  Teachers use the cosy house inspired by J R Tolkien to read to pupils at story time.  Older kids are encouraged to read independently in the fort or at the fairy area.  On world book day, the garden was decorated as a winter wonderland – while children dressed up as characters from C S Lewis classic Narnia series.

The project has captured the hearts and minds of the community.  A great example of what you can do with a big imagination and a little fake grass.

See pictures of the garden on the website

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How to use Artificial Grass to Market your Business

Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Artificial Grass Carpet

Art Gallery Artificial Grass Carpet

This week the Sidmouth Herald reported that a multi award-winning garden centre have covered their delivery truck in artificial grass.  Something that started out as a staff joke has become seriously good for business.  The grass truck is turning heads wherever it goes and generating lots of attention for the company.  It’s even creating a buzz online; when images of the vehicle’s make-over were first published on Facebook 70 people liked the posts.  You cannot beat publicity like this.

In previous entries, we’ve shown you how artificial grass can be used for window displays and promotional events.   But this clever marketing strategy has got the whole town talking, as well as the local newspapers.  See the artificial grass covered van

Here are some other fun fake grass ideas for businesses:

Store carpeting – it’s hard wearing, attractive and will certainly attract attention.  Perfect if you sell outdoor related clothing, equipment or leisure products.

Seating areas – creating an indoor garden themed seating area at your office or showroom.  Works great as a waiting area, place to sit and chat to clients, or a less formal space to hold meetings.

Grass wall – use as a design feature to add interest to an uninspiring white-walled space, just as designers of the Googleplex did in the company staff room.

Putting green – have a leisure or hospitality business?  Put in an artificial grass putting area for golfers, indoors or out.

 

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4 Fake Grass Myths De-bunked

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

0891. Artificial grass looks tacky

When you think of fake grass, images of green grocer type mats in your local convenience store may come to mind.  This is not how modern grass products look.  These days fake lawns are almost undistinguishable from the real thing.  Advances in technology means grass has evolved, machinery creates products with multiple types of fibres, with different textures and colours.  So, it’s ultra-realistic and even feels real under foot.

2.  Plastic grass is not good for the environment

The debate as to whether producing plastic grass creates more carbon emissions than maintaining natural grass has been going on for decades.  Some evidence has highlighted concerns about production, but today most manufacturers use recyclable materials.  Other research has found that natural grass maintenance has a far greater environmental impact.  E.g. the EPA calculated that Americans use 800 million gallons of fuel per year in petrol-powered lawn mowers.

3. Fitting an artificial lawn can cause drainage problems

This is not true.  Grass carpet has millions of tiny little holes that allow water to flow freely.  This is installed on a base of crushed hard-core to allow water to continue its journey into the soil.  It can actually enhance drainage, make rain water disappear faster, and prevent your lawn from getting water-logged.  Issues only occur when products are not installed correctly.

4. Installation is easy

While many companies will have you believe that fitting is a piece of cake…it isn’t.  It is a skilled landscaping job, and requires the correct materials.  If you’re not very experienced, it’s much better to get a professional fitter.  You’ll probably find there’s not much difference in price when you account for all the equipment you’d have to buy.  If you are an experienced DIYer, you may be up to the challenge but before you leap, make sure you get accurate advice about the process.  Buying the right materials is critical, the type of sand you use is important because some varieties can lead blockages and drainage problems.

 

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Artificial Grass through the Ages

Friday, November 8th, 2013

1960  – Artificial grass was invented by David Chaney of the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.

1964 – The first installation of fake grass was carried out at a school in Providence Rhode Island.

1966 –  Chemgrass was famously installed at the enclosed Astrodome Stadium in Houston, Texas.  From then on, it would be known as ‘Astro’ turf.

1967 – Astroturf was patented by Monsanto Industries, Chemgrass’s parent company.

1981 – Queens Park Rangers were the first Premiership team to install an artificial pitch.

1985 – There were 4 artificial surfaces in operation in the English league.

1988 – QPR became the first club to remove an artificial pitch after players complained.

1992 – Artificial grass was first used for landscaping by Envy Turf in Las Vegas.

1995 – Astro turf was banned by English Football League.

2001 – FIFA launched its Quality Concept certifying the use of artificial turf.

2002 – LeisureTechLawns was formed.

2005 – UEFA announced that approved surfaces were to be permitted in their competitions.

2006 – British Journal of Sports Medicine published a study concluding there were no significant differences in injury data between artificial and natural football pitches, for 10 clubs over a 2.5 year period.

2007 – Alan Titchmarsh wrote a column published in the Express titled ‘Some intelligence in artificial lawns.’

2009 – Globally the fake grass industry is said to be worth £1.3 Billion a year, growing at a 20% per year.

2010 – B&Q saw fake grass sales sky-rocket 126% a year after launching their range.  The first competitive match on a partially synthetic surface was played at Wembley.  Fake grass made its debut at the Chelsea Flower Show.

2012 – UK market is worth £300 Million a year, growing at a rate of 35%.

2013 – Ebay reported record sales of artificial grass in Spring, up 44% due to bad weather in the UK.

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Grassroots Football Gets £102m to Improve Facilities

Friday, November 1st, 2013

artificial grass pitchThe FA, the Premier League, and the Government have launched a new fund to improve facilities at grassroots football clubs.  An investment of £102 million will be made over the next 3 years, starting in January 2014.  It will replace the Facilities Scheme, Build the Game, and the Community Facilities Fund.

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund will be managed by the Football Foundation and is available to UK clubs, schools, and councils.  Council cuts have meant many plans to develop playing fields and sports facilities have been shelved.  The grant will get more people involved in football and boost local communities, especially in deprived areas.

Many football organisations benefit from pitch re-surfacing – switching from natural turf to artificial grass.  England’s next generation of players, get more practice and more opportunities because artificial turf allows for training and play all year round.

Club fixtures are cancelled regularly at grassroots level due to poor pitch conditions.  Rain and flooding in the UK means small clubs lose much-needed revenue.  All this is avoided with an artificial pitch.

Football Foundation chief executive Paul Thorogood said “The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund will enable the Foundation to continue our mission to transform the inventory of grassroots football facilities across the country.”

Applications will be accepted from 20 January 2014

In the meantime you can register your interest here

Read previous posts about changing your pitch surface

3G Football Pitches – includes FA Guidelines

Funding your new 3G football pitch

99 Page Guide for Sports Clubs Considering a 3G Pitch

 

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