Don’t make your lawns unnecessarily hard work

Depending on whether you think looking after lawns is just a necessary chore or an enjoyable way to walk round the garden, I’m in either the unlucky or lucky position to have over an acre of grass that needs cutting.

OK, most of the time I use a ride-on mower that takes a lot of the effort out of it but, on average, I wheel out my trusty old 30” cylinder machine and happily walk behind it for a couple of hours.  To be absolutely fair, I do not have the grass collection box fitted or that would at least double the time taken.

The truth is that when it is cut, regardless of whether it is the ride-on or the cylinder, the lawns look attractive and lift the whole garden to a new level.  It pulls everything together and, somehow, gives the whole garden a cared-for appearance, making the effort of mowing worthwhile.

We are beset with badgers that enjoy turning quite large areas of grass over to looking like a ploughed field and the cylinder machine cannot cope with that.   But I believe we must look after our lawns because they are just so important to wild life and the environment.

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There are 20 million + domestic garden lawns in Britain.  Even at the most conservative estimate of size, that total is something like 780 square miles which is an area of grassland substantially larger than the South Downs National Park at a mere 627 square miles.  Inevitably, the majority of these lawns are in urban and inner city areas where they perform an absolutely vital role for birds, wildlife and helping prevent flash flooding.

But our lawns are under threat from two main sources: hard landscaping , often to provide parking for cars and caravans, and the dreaded artificial turf – why would anyone want to carpet their garden?

If you read some gardening books they make the whole prospect of looking after a lawn sound quite daunting.  But it need not be the case.  Lawns are there to be enjoyed, walked on, for playing football and watching the birds and animals enjoy their little bit of countryside.

The first recorded evidence of a garden lawn is a ledger entry from the 13th century, so they have been integral to our gardens for a very long time.  Let us all make sure they retain that vital position for at least another eight hundred years.  They provide so many benefits and, with just a little TLC, will repay garden owners time and time again.

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As Paskett PR we want to celebrate lawns and for 13 years have managed and run Britain’s Best Lawn.

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If you think your lawns is potentially award winning take a look at britainsbestlawn.co.uk and you could win an EGO Power+ battery powered mower and multitool kit as well as extensive bragging rights!

Love your lawn.

Graham

The UK’s leading gardening pr specialists head to the world’s leading gardening show!

The Chelsea Flower Show is one of the most iconic events in the gardening world. For Paskett PR, this year’s show was a particularly special event. We had five clients at the show so it proved to be a busy day!

Griffin Glasshouses and Irrigatia were exhibiting and The Posh Shed Company and Forest Garden also had their products on display in various show gardens.

Last summer we were contacted by Hillier who were looking for pr support for their 2017 show garden. Hillier is the most successful exhibitor in Chelsea history so we were absolutely delighted to be considered. Our pitch was successful and we soon got to work on putting plans into place!

The campaign that we suggested in the pitch process was the Memory Tree – an idea that Hillier loved! Months of planning later, it was fantastic to see the Memory Tree come to life on the Monday of the show, when the ground is open to journalists and VIPs – not to mention the Royal Family too!

Our Memory Tree concept asked visitors to the stand to take a moment away from the hustle and bustle of the showground to reflect. We were asking people to write down their most treasured gardening memory and then sign a plant tag which would then be hung from the tree.

Chris Evans kicked off proceedings with a visit to the Hillier garden during his Radio 2 breakfast show, who returned later for his ‘Pause for Thought’ segment, soon followed by none other than Alan Titchmarsh – true gardening royalty!

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Alan Titchmarsh pictured with Paskett PR Account Director, Holly Daulby

Throughout the day, we arranged for a whole host of famous faces to take part in the Memory Tree and sign a tag which will be auctioned for the Wessex Cancer Trust after the show. Stars included Dame Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley, Carol Klein, Anton Du Beke, Nigel Slater, Matt Baker, Alex Jones, Jo Whiley, Piers Morgan, Nigel Havers and Cerys Matthews.

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A huge highlight was when Kate Middleton visited the stand during the Royal visit and was photographed underneath the huge Spring structure that ran through the centre of the Hillier garden. The garden was absolutely stunning and saw Hillier winning its 72nd consecutive gold medal. A fantastic achievement!

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Alongside the feature on the Chris Evans breakfast show we also secured coverage in many national newspapers as well as inclusion for Hillier on the BBC TV broadcasts with interviews with the designers and Hillier team taking place throughout the week.

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London’s Secret Garden

It’s sometimes referred to as ‘London’s Secret Garden’, and with good reason.

Walking along Royal Hospital Road in Central London, the long, straight path is lined with impressive buildings. Eventually, you reach an imposing-looking wall, a modest front door and a small, slightly faded hanging sign above that reads ‘Chelsea Physic Garden’. You’ve found it. London’s Secret Garden.

On the other side of that wall is a small area of land that is teeming with life. Thousands of shrubs, trees and flowers, some of which you have never even seen before, let alone heard of.

Founded in 1637 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, Chelsea Physic Garden was first used for training apprentices in the identification of medicinal plants. It is now the oldest botanical garden in London and is home to many rare and endangered species of tree, including the world’s most northerly outdoor grapefruit tree.

In fact, there are over 100 different types of tree in the garden, including eucalyptus, mulberries and pomegranates to name a few, many of which are rare in Britain.

There is also an impressive Davidia involucrata, or ‘Pocket Handkerchief Tree’. Its flowers are so delicate they almost look like tissue paper.

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The garden is split into different areas, which include ‘The Garden of Medicinal Plants’ and ‘The Garden of Edible and Useful Plants’, as well as glasshouses that are home to tropical species.

Last month we helped organise a press day at Chelsea Physic Garden for our client Forest Garden and they, and the visiting journalists, were similarly bowled over by the beauty of the garden.

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You could spend all day walking around here, and if you can find it, I recommend that you do!

www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk

Georgina