Firms says grass roofs on club houses will protect against attack by anarchist golf groups

British Seed Houses has launched a green-roof mix and is targeting golf club houses, which are under more threat of vandalism from eco groups such as the Anarchist Golf Association, it says.

British Seed Houses' A29 Eco-Green Roof mix is based on AberAce and AberFleece cultivars; bred by the BSH-funded amenity see- breeding program, IBERS (Aberystwyth).

"Pound for pound and shoot for shoot, AberAce will ‘fix' more nitrogen than any other white clover leaf on the amenity market," he said, adding that in future councils may insists on green roofs at the planning stage.

"They may also help to combat golf course vandalism, which has become more common. Environmental groups like the Anarchist Golf Association say courses have a negative impact on the environment because of the heavy demand they put on resources.

"Incorporating a green roof into a clubhouse design will create an extra, sustainable, natural habitat to help counteract any negative environmental image that courses may currently have."

The mix was designed for the seeding of all green roofs where a low nutrient grass cover was required, he said. The high fibrous-root system offered soil stabilisation and acted as a carbon sink.

"These cultivars complement each other to make them suitable for all Green Roof applications," said a spokesman. "Other species in the mixture are Count and Raisa."

"The seed can be planted in 150mm of soil and can be trimmed as little as once a year, if at all," he said.

AberAce, the smallest white clover leaf on the market, had the highest stolon density of any white clover, would not take over the sward and produced a good floral habitat to attract wildlife.

AberFleece was very low nutrient and drought tolerant and had attractive wild flora appearance with slow growing attributes.


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