The growing trend for ripping up turf and replacing it with artificial grass is becoming endemic in the UK. But what impact do our humble back gardens have? Is the need for a hassle free synthetic lawn of artificial grass killing our Environment?
Sharing our gardens with nature
Our natural wildlife in Britain is having the hardest times it has seen. Not only have our birds, insects and other wildlife had to deal with the loss of habitat due to urbanisation, intensive farming and climate change. We are now taking away the only urban green spaces where they used to thrive.
Did you know that one in 10 UK wildlife species now faces extinction? With the decline in urban home gardens providing amenable environments for bees, butterflies, hedgehogs and birds, their habitats are becoming few and far between. The honourable Sir David Attenborough said: “The natural world is in serious trouble and it needs our help as never before.” Wise words from a wise man.
We need to provide a welcoming outdoor space to keep our native British wildlife alive and well. Is it so hard to share your garden with nature?
How do we bring the wildlife back?
I sit and watch the blackbirds with my daughter as they pick out worms from the ground after rainfall. We pick daisies that sprout from the lawn and watch the busy bees and butterflies as they fly from one flower to the next. Insects burrow and hide under the soil and ladybirds land amongst the blades of grass. But with an artificial lawn, we would lose all of this.
Bringing wildlife into your garden can be as simple as having a few flowering plants or an insect habitat. Build a bird table or put out a seed holder. But best of all, don’t pave, concrete or cover over the natural environment with unfriendly synthetic alternatives.
Want to make a difference? Here is the National Trusts advice to make your garden more wildlife friendly. There’s lots of advice out there if you need it, but if you care about Brittish wildlife then you only need to make a few changes to ensure its survival.
What if you don’t have a garden?
Want to help the environment but don’t have a garden of your own? From having a windowsill flower garden to helping out at your local community allotment. You can make a small effort and have a big impact.
So is artificial grass killing our Environment?
My quite blunt verdict is to stick to natural grass, embrace the UK wildlife it attracts and get up off your ass and mow the lawn once in a while. It will actually get you out in the fresh air too!
But seriously the more we cover our natural world with concrete and plastic, the less natural spaces we will have for our future. For both us, and our children.
What are your views? Does it makes a difference or do you think that artificial grass is killing our environment, among other things! Leave a comment below with your thoughts.